News & Events

Defending animal agriculture: Saving the family farm

Published May. 19, 2015

What came next left their heads spinning. They opened their mail to find they were being sued. Not only the Broshears, but the county and every single individual on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Increased woodland taxes irk Ohio farmers

Published May. 18, 2015

Until 2010, agricultural woodland was valued at a minimum of $100 per acre for tax purposes. In 2011, the state doubled that value and last year it jumped to $230. Taxes are assessed on that value on a county-by-county basis.

Bill would allow wine sales at farmers markets

Published May. 18, 2015

The proposal would create a new permit, which would cost $100 annually, so wine makers could sell bottles and offer two-ounce samples. To obtain a permit, at least 51 percent of the fruit in the wine sold must from Ohio.

Important crop insurance deadline nears for Ohio and Indiana producers

Published May. 14, 2015

he USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio that they need to have their Highly Erodible Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.

Agriculture needs Trade Promotion Authority

Published May. 14, 2015

Trade equals jobs, a secure currency and money in the bank. In agriculture alone, in 2014, exports equaled $152 billion. That’s a lot of economic activity—a lot of jobs that could be lost if TPA is not passed.

Biofuels Ads Target White House

Published May. 14, 2015

Starting today, you’ll find ads supporting a strong renewable fuel standard posted on websites that cover Washington politics, including Politico. It’s an effort by Fuels America, a coalition of biofuels groups, to influence the White House ahead of an expected June 1 announcement by EPA on ethanol and biodiesel blending levels for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Demand Increases for High-Skilled Jobs in Agriculture

Published May. 14, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the demand is high for jobs in agriculture. A new study shows there are about 60,000 job openings across the country each year, but only 35,000 graduates to fill them.

House approves bill to withdraw Waters of the U.S. proposed rule

Published May. 14, 2015

Agriculture groups have been concerned about the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' proposal as they are concerned it could lead to additional water regulations that make it difficult to continue farming and ranching effectively. Others are concerned that the proposal may infringe on private landowners' rights.

Farm Bureau Kicks Off 2015 Photo Contest

Published May. 14, 2015

Photo submissions will be used to accurately portray today’s agriculture and the safe practices of farmers and ranchers, and also for future publications, promotions and social media by AFBF and related companies. All photos submitted must exemplify safe practices on the farm or ranch

Ohio Legislature may boost farm tourism

Published May. 12, 2015

Roughly 50,000 American farms and ranches have tourist or family-entertainment side-businesses: “pick-your-own” days; petting zoos; B&Bs;. Government statistics show these are boosting farm incomes 20 percent or so. But, Brandon Kern of the Ohio Farm Bureau says there are issues.

Agriculture to be fertile ground for job-seeking grads

Published May. 12, 2015

U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs.

What happens to your farm if something happens to you?

Published May. 12, 2015

It's difficult to know why the farmer hadn't sat down to work through an estate and succession plan for his farm. I suppose it may be similar to the reasons many of us put off legacy planning; we feel like we're too young, or we're too busy with other things on the farm.