According to USDA’s Farm Service Agency, nearly 3%, or 35.2 million acres of U.S. farmland is foreign-owned as of December, 2019. Several states have enacted laws or introduced legislation to limit foreign ownership of farmland in the United States. The National Agricultural Law Center joins us on this Our Ohio Weekly to provide a status report on those laws and where Ohio stands on the issue of foreign-owned ag land.

00:00 – The National Agricultural Law Center’s Harrison Pittman explores the past, present and future of federal and state laws as well as legislative proposals relating to foreign ownership of agricultural land.

23:50 – On this “To the Beat of Agriculture,” hear the story of northwest Ohio farmer Austin Heil as he talks about his deep roots in Ohio agriculture dating back to the 1800s. He is also the man behind a charity bike ride that spells “Ohio” in cursive, all to raise money for a great cause.

32:20 – More with Harrison Pittman of the National Ag Law Center discussing foreign ownership of U.S. farmland.

42:20 – Sharon Casapulla, president of the Ohio Rural Health Association, highlights the upcoming National Rural Health Day and her organization’s Rural Health Improvement Plan.

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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