The 2023 Ohio Agriculture and Rural Communities Action plan provides a blueprint for policymakers and Ohio Farm Bureau members to bolster Ohio’s agriculture industry and our rural communities.Read More
Thanks to the efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau, farmers’ voluntary actions to improve the state’s water quality will now be acknowledged in Ohio’s plan on how to reduce the amount of phosphorus going into Lake Erie.
The United States and Canada have set goals of reducing phosphorus loads into the western and central basins of Lake Erie. In the United States, domestic action plans are required for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. Ohio’s draft plan, however, did not detail any of the efforts by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio’s agricultural industry or other non-state agencies. Projects such as OFBF’s multi-million dollar Water Quality Action Plan or Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network were not included.
Ohio Farm Bureau noted the omission in comments submitted to Ohio EPA and representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 during a discussion about Ohio’s efforts to improve water quality. The U.S. EPA officials asked OFBF for details about voluntary efforts by farmers and ag groups to include in Ohio’s action plan.
“This is a great way to recognize how Ohio’s ag community has been proactive in addressing water quality challenges,” said Larry Antosch, OFBF’s senior director of policy development and environmental policy.
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More than 500 Farm Bureau members took part in the 2023 winter conference, where they enjoyed networking, expert sessions and inspiring messages.Read More
Gov. Mike DeWine announced he will nominate Brian Baldridge of Winchester to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.Read More
Through 14 scholarship funds, nearly 50 awards will be made to deserving students. The deadline to apply online is March 31.Read More
International Food Solutions is receiving a grant to help redevelop and expand a vacant building in Cleveland into a plant with the capacity to process 60 million pounds of poultry.Read More