The 2012 general election is quickly approaching, with many still searching for information to assist them in making their voting decisions. 'Town Hall Ohio', Ohio Farm Bureau’s weekly radio show, has had several election related shows this fall, full of great information to think about before Election Day including discussion of voting in Ohio, discussion with Ohio's U.S. Senate candidates Brown and Mandel and a debate on Issue 2.
News & Events
- OFBF testifies about CAUV; tax department implements changes to formula
- The Food Dialogues®: Toledo
- Media campaign highlights farmers’ efforts to improve water quality
- OFBF supports compensation adjustment for judges
- Status of Farm Bureau Priority Issues in Congress
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Walk into a supermarket and chances are you’ll see people studying food labels, spending more time in the international and healthy snack aisles and striking up conversations with others about GMOs.
Hundreds turn out for first fertilizer certification classes, launch OFBF water action plan
The Ohio Expositions Commission presented four fifth-grade students from across the state with a $500 check and two teachers with $2,500 classroom grants from Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups as winners of the “Agriculture is Cool” scholarship and grant competitions.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Leadership Conference will be held Aug. 10 and 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich appoints Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Jim Zehringer as new Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Tony Forshey, state veterinarian, to serve as interim director of ODA.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer, in celebration of National Agriculture Week, announced the department’s commitment to promoting economic development in the state by declaring “Ohio’s doors are wide open for agribusiness”.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation commends Governor-elect Kasich's selection of Jim Zehringer to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The goal of Farm Bureau’s youth program hasn’t changed much – to provide youths with important life skills, find future ag leaders and build relationships. Today, with young people being involved in so many activities, Farm Bureau is looking at ways to make the most of its youth programs
Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s policies on alternative energy and private property rights are the guiding force for why the organization recently filed a brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in support of a wind turbine project in central Ohio.
Several young agricultural professionals recently earned recognition through their success in Farm Bureau competitions.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 Outstanding Young Farmers Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro recently received a Kubota M-Series tractor to use for 250 hours, one of the prizes for being named the state winner.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recently sent about 30 young people, staff and state board members to Washington, D.C. on the Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) annual trip where they participated in the Farm Bill Now rally and to learned about the United States political process.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is seeking individuals 18-35 who are interested in pursuing new opportunities offered by several annual competitions. Up for grabs--a trip to Hawaii.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program is now accepting applications for its Advisory Team.
In September, 40 Young Agricultural Professionals and 20 members of AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. Several trip participants blogged about their experience. Here are a few excerpts and links to the full blog.
Young agricultural professionals will take a walk on the wild side this summer with an excursion to the Columbus Zoo.
About 30 young agricultural professionals, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and board members went on the three-day trip in September to learn how the political process works in D.C.
A group of enthusiastic young people have started a new group in Delaware County focused on building a sense of community. The Delaware County Young Agricultural Professionals group is led by co-chairs Zach Taylor, Marlene Eick and Josh Main.
More than two dozen Young Agriculture Professionals got an up close look at the political process when they visited the nation’s capital last month.
An emphasis was put on giving back and getting involved at the Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference, held March 9-10 in Columbus. Donations were made to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Workshops aloso were held.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for the 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture contests. Entry forms are due Aug. 17.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for its annual Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience program.
Ohio Farm Bureau is looking for the top young agricultural professionals in the state to apply for the following contests.
More than 300 Ohio State students hungry for discussion gathered to explore food and farming issues at the Collegiate Young Farmers’ second annual Farm to Fork Food Dialogues event.
In this blog, AgriPOWER Class V graduate Callie Wells explains how “You win with people” as a participant in AgriPOWER.
In the summer of 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau staff considered what needed to be included in a redesign of an OFBF.org website that, in terms of Internet standards, was stuck in 1998. Sitting atop that list was the voice of the Ohio Farm Bureau member.
Ann Frederick, a Hamilton County Farm Bureau member, writes a guest column for her fellow horse owners.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and Animals for Life Foundation both awarded grants this year.
When reporters want to talk to farmers, Ohio Farm Bureau works both sides of the connection, assisting farmers in preparing for their interviews and helping reporters understand the issues.
Greg and Rose Hartschuh became the faces of the new “I am Farm Bureau” campaign aimed at dispelling myths of the organization being “big agriculture,” and providing a way for Farm Bureau members to stand up, speak out, correct information and tell the stories of who they really are.
Ohio Farm Bureau always works to ensure agricultural information is in Ohio’s classrooms. In 2010, outreach to Ohio’s teachers continued.
OFBF was pleased with an Ohio Supreme Court decision, which had implications for property rights and farmland preservation, as it protected the ability of local governments to manage growth.
Ohio Farm Bureau members have a number of benefits available to them ranging from money savings to property protection.
Because of the hard work of Farm Bureau and its members to engage politicians, no matter which candidate or party is elected to office, the importance of agriculture to Ohio continues to be recognized.
Farm Bureau members are innovative and action oriented, and each year the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) sponsors the County Activities of Excellence program to recognize county Farm Bureaus for outstanding work.
Ohio Farm Bureau is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization’s current membership stands at 214,331. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization’s policies.
Shipping container rule, food safety, humane officer training, water regulations, hunting program
Ohio Farm Bureau teamed up with Bob Evans, The Velvet Ice Cream Company, National Tractor Pullers Association and the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.
Following last year’s successful Issue 2 campaign to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers in 2010 to support the enabling legislation that was required for the board to begin its work.
Ohio Farm Bureau offered conferences for Farm Bureau youth during the summer months.
Ohio farmers found value in social media through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in 2010, making sure agriculture's voice was heard in important issues as conversations took place on the Web.
Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.
The “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animals Issues, gave Ohio farmers, county Farm Bureaus, youth agricultural organizations and other ag-related groups an opportunity to fight back against negative Internet videos about animal agriculture.
Wyandot County Farm Bureau was the People’s Choice winner in this year’s “Growing a Masterpiece” art exhibit. Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors the contest, which asks local Farm Bureaus to develop artistic representations of agriculture in their county.
With 125 yards of fleece and more than 7,000 knots, the Wyandot Wranglers Farm Bureau Youth has put Warmth Where Needed in Wyandot County. Members of the group made 25 fleece blankets that were donated to the county sheriff's department to be given to children and adults who could use the warmth and comfort of a blanket.
Over the last few years Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience conference has been growing at a rapid rate. Three years ago there was 150 attendees, last year 280 and this year 540! The conference was buzzing with energy from the growth and for the top notch agenda. Below you will find photos, messages and videos from the conference. To learn more about the YAP program visit the Facebook Page or subscribe to receive emails.
If you’ve never attended a county annual meeting, it’s a perfect opportunity to see Farm Bureau in action, to connect with others who believe in the way of life agriculture provides and to give your input on how Farm Bureau can find common ground that benefits you and your community.
Remarks from OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher at the 94th annual meeting