News & Events

1st Midwest turkey farm affected by bird flu resumes production

Published Jun. 19, 2015

The farm’s turkeys started dying in late February, and on March 4 the USDA identified the culprit as the H5N2 virus, All 44,000 birds there died from the virus or were culled to prevent its spread. Since then, more than 200 flocks have been affected, costing chicken and turkey producers nearly 47 million birds.

Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Kleckner's leadership with the Farm Bureau began at age 26 when he was elected president of the Floyd County Farm Bureau. In 1963, Kleckner became the vice president of IFBF and in 1975 was elected president of IFBF. Kleckner served as IFBF president for 10 years, while also serving on the AFBF board of directors. In 1986, he was elected president of AFBF and served seven two-year terms.

WOTUS proposal 'worse than before': Farm Bureau

Published Jun. 19, 2015

For example, a fact list put out by EPA and the Corps of Engineers says, “The Clean Water Rule does not regulate land use.” Stallman and Farm Bureau analysts say the rule is all about regulating land use.

House Passes Stand-Alone TPA

Published Jun. 19, 2015

By a vote of 218 to 208, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, or fast track, Thursday, which would give President Barack Obama the power to negotiate a Pacific trade deal that can’t be amended by Congress.
The narrow victory follows a stunning defeat last week, when Democrats killed a measure to provide assistance to displaced workers known as Trade Adjustment Assistance

Skill tests beefed up for fowl-raising youths

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Cancellation of the Ohio State Fair poultry shows won’t be an entire bust for youngsters raising fowl to display. To help ease the disappointment, fair officials have expanded the annual poultry skillathon competition and are offering higher cash prizes to the winners.

Extended flooding from Tropical Storm Bill remnants could drown soybeans

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Growers with soybean fields flooded for six days could stand to lose up to 93 percent of their crops’ yield potential, said Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.

OFBF pushing for changes to CAUV

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Brandon Kern, director of State Policy at the Ohio Farm Bureau (OFBF) says two changes are being recommended. One would remove non-farm influences from the formula, the second would strengthen environmental stewardship.

No-till method helps farmers, can clog roads

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The farming method leaves corn stalks and other plant debris on the field surfaces, which then washes away with rain water, right into the roadways, drainage ditches and catch basins.
“It plugs up the culverts or different crossings where the water might flow,” said Dave Louth, roadway engineer at the Allen County Engineer’s Office.

Soil Compaction May Fuel Smaller Implements

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Deep tillage often used in the Midwest can only mitigate deep compaction down to 16 inches. The trend toward larger equipment drives compaction levels down below that. Compaction concerns with fully autonomous 50- to 60-horsepower tractors would decrease.

Hearing shows bipartisan momentum on national food labeling efforts

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Titled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food,” the hearing provided members with an opportunity to learn about the role genetic engineering plays in our nation’s food supply. Additionally, the hearing delved into state-specific labeling regulations and their potential impact on interstate commerce and consumer