“I really like how Farm Bureau wants to help with all aspects of agriculture. There’s a voice for the smallest farm out there to the largest farm. Farm Bureau supports organic, natural, conventional, niche farming, backyard farmers and farmers market type farmers. There’s a voice for all. When you break it down, we are all farmers just trying to raise a family and do our small part in feeding our community.”
Preble County Farm Bureau member
Why become a member?
Whether it’s supporting 4-H and agricultural education programs, fighting for fair taxes, defending landowner rights or ensuring that new policies allow families to continue to farm, we’re here to work on your behalf. Your membership helps Ohio Farm Bureau engage at the local, state and national levels on the decisions that impact farming and communities. In addition, members receive exclusive access to insights about current issues and a platform to share their views. As a grassroots organization, Farm Bureau is guided by the direct input of members who have a vested interest in the success of the state’s more than $100 billion food and agricultural economy.
We’re proud of our nearly 100-year legacy of delivering results for our members. Our accomplishments have ranged from the establishment of farm cooperatives and companies like Nationwide Insurance to the development of Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program. Farm Bureau works to support important programs like crop insurance and agriculture’s sales tax exemption. We helped eliminate Ohio’s estate tax, safeguarded the opportunity for children to work on farms, and supported funding for Ohio State University Extension and 4-H.
The effect of OFBF’s work on CAUV values
The average farm in Ohio will save $10 per acre in 2015 and beyond due to OFBF’s work on CAUV.
Approximate savings calculated using 2015 Miami Silt Loam soil value and a land use mix of 95% cropland/5% woodland.
OFBF recent accomplishments
- Took aggressive action to improve CAUV calculations
- Established a statewide Water Quality Action plan that devoted $1 million in organization funds to programs to help farmers improve water quality
- Took a stand against Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot initiative
- Negotiated common sense legislation for fertilizer applicator certification and manure application
- Backed federal legislation that will provide clear and accurate descriptions of GMO products
- Keeping U.S. EPA in check regarding its Waters of the U.S. rules
- Kept grain bins from being taxed as real property
- Supported legislation to reduce liability costs, zoning and tax burdens for agritourism
Members save on a variety of products and services including Nationwide Insurance, select GM vehicles, Case IH tractors and CAT ag equipment, as well as travel, health and financial products.
Each year, Farm Bureau hosts Ag Day at the Capital where representatives from county Farm Bureaus meet with state lawmakers to discuss concerns and ideas surrounding current policy issues. Nationally, Farm Bureau brings volunteer leaders to meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill. County Farm Bureaus also host numerous local educational events and leadership development programs.
Our mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers so that agriculture will continue to thrive in Ohio. Through tours, educational programs and fundraising events, we help all Ohioans learn about the state’s No. 1 industry. All Ohio Farm Bureau members also receive Our Ohio magazine, which features engaging stories showcasing how food arrives from farm to plate.
Buckeye Farm News provides members with useful information from our staff experts about policies and programs as well as legal analysis of the issues you face. Buckeye Farm eNews, sent to your e-mail inbox every two weeks, will keep you up to date on new developments. Members also have access to the Ohio Landowner Toolkit, a 50-page booklet prepared by our legal team that will answer questions unique to you as an Ohio property owner.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Mission
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. This means advocating for Ohio’s farm families on issues that help them in business and, in turn, provide consumers a wide variety of food choices. Since 1919, Ohio Farm Bureau has worked to make Ohio a great place to call home—and it doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer who produces food or a customer who purchases it, there’s a place for you in Farm Bureau.