Winter weather is on the way. But that doesn’t freeze up the events, activities and opportunities for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Here’s this month’s update.
News & Events
- 2015 County Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.
- Farm Bureau supports new nutrient bill
- Ohio Farm Bureau's State Priority Issues for 2015
- Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5
- A look at Ohio’s property tax system
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Janice Wolfinger of Morristown is one of nine finalists selected in U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” national spokesperson search.
Farm Bureau believes that to be economically viable agriculture must be environmentally responsible. That was the theme of two joint letters sent by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Auglaize and Mercer county Farm Bureaus to farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.
Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. The 2013 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Proposals are due Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE office in Saint Paul, MN.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Legal Education, Leah Curtis discusses Current Agricultural Use Values, concerns about it, factors in the calculation and asks Farm Bureau members to think critically about the CAUV program.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. are pleased to announce the opening of the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 5-27.
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.
Hamilton and Wayne County Farm Bureaus are two of the 25 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program.
As the weather turns cool and harvest wraps up, Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus continue to offer opportunities for members and nonmembers alike to gather, learn from one another and gain valuable insight to help themselves and their communities.
United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced at the beginning of October that it will be collecting chemical usage data from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states, including Ohio.
Ohio Farm Bureau is helping hundreds of Ohio farmers express their concerns to the U.S. EPA on a guidance document that would expand the agency’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act.
Dr. Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University, recently visited with Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee to discuss the oil and gas industry and how to avoid what he described as a natural resources curse.
Gov. John Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 309 into law, establishing a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding owners of dangerous wild animal that a new state law passed in June requires the registration of their animals before Nov. 5.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is working with county Farm Bureaus to provide workshops that will help farmers respond to consumer questions about agriculture.
Farm tractors are a primary tool for most farms. But studies show tractors are also involved in a high proportion of farm injuries and fatalities. Most accidents can be prevented by following basic tractor safety guidelines.
Bruce McPheron is the incoming dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and vice president for agricultural administration. He recently visited Ohio Farm Bureau’s offices for a recording of 'Town Hall Ohio.'
The second phase of Ohio’s extensive natural gas and oil exploration is now underway. Landowners across the state are being asked to sign off on pipeline easements, which means a new round of contract negotiations.
Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.
Ohio FFA Association held its new Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) Sept. 26, at which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) staff taught 200 FFA members about government, advocating for agriculture in government, and helped them prepare to meet their legislators.
Five of Ohio's top conservation farm families for 2012 were recognized during a ceremony at Farm Science Review in London Sept. 20 for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on their farms. The annual Conservation Farm Family Award is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Farmer magazine and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).
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.
At a time in Ohio when foodbanks desperately need more food to feed more people who are visiting more frequently, the drought is not only affecting agriculture production but also is causing extreme concern as to how they will feed people who come to them for help.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) develops policy each year through a member-driven grassroots process that is well underway and continues this week with the first meeting of the state policy development committee.
As lawmakers return from summer recess, here we reflect on a few policy victories Farm Bureau members secured during the first part of the year.
During a gathering to recognize retiring Ohio State University Dean Bobby Moser and his wife Pat, Ohio’s food and farm community raised more than $900,000 to support students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The conference placed emphasis on county Farm Bureaus reaching out to their communities to have constructive conversations about food and agriculture.
More than 100 farmers and agribusiness professionals converged in Kansas City in August to sharpen their online agvocacy skills during the AgChat Foundation’s third annual Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference.
The proposed beef checkoff changes would increase the current $1 per head to $2 per head.
Keeping up with the day-to-day operation of your farm can sometimes make it difficult to step back and think about a bigger picture: your farm’s legacy.
Meat and poultry prices are expected to drop over the next few months before jumping to possible record-high prices. This year’s drought — the worst in half a century -— is the reason for the bouncing around of prices.
Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hosted a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.
Emerging agricultural issues were prevalent themes at the 2012 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium, and five Ohio farmers were named as recipients of the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award and one rural resident for the Neighbor of the Year Award.
As we roll into harvest season, there are still county Farm Bureau farm tours, on-farm dinners, annual meetings and other opportunities available out there across the state.
Here’s a look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their websites for the month of September.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are invited to help build our organization's strength by talking about Farm Bureau membership and programs with non members at OFBF’s building at this year’s Farm Science Review. Visitors are invited to stop by and talk with fellow members and staff about current Farm Bureau programs and policy issues.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute Class V met at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in August for three days of training workshops and farm tours during the second session of the year-long leadership program.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is awarding an additional $2,500 to a member if selected in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” search. The deadline to enter is Sept. 8.
Four finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2012 Discussion Meet. They are Lynnsey Schemrich or Orient, Brad Heimerl of Johnstown, Jon Hensler of Jackson and Christen Clemson of Cortland.
State officials from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky announced a water quality trading pilot project Aug. 9 in which farmers can sell their credits for pollution reduction to other industrial facilities, aiming to reduce water pollution in the Ohio River.
With the release of the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative this summer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is increasing its education efforts on water quality as well as contributing financially to research on the issue.
Ohio has been spared from the drought’s most extreme damage, but many of the state’s farmers are expecting losses more severe than in recent memory.
Trying to get an idea of where the economy is headed? Two economics experts on Ohio Farm Bureau's radio show 'Town Hall Ohio' recently shared what financial indicators they look at and talked about the state of the economy in Ohio and across the country.
The American Farm Bureau Federation said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses.
Ohio Farm Bureau is helping to coordinate a national symposium that will explore issues surrounding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.
With more than 16 million people now using all-terrain vehicles for work and fun, ATVs are kicking up more dirt than ever. Whether riding ATVs for work or play, adult or child, the powerful machines can quickly create dangerous situations.
County annual meetings will be taking place throughout Ohio in the coming months, giving Farm Bureau members a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their community.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting applications for a new grant program to help employers with transitional work programs to return employees to work or keep them working in some capacity following a workplace injury.
The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $47,000 in grants for fiscal year 2012 projects that will help improve the human-animal bond, including equestrian and service dog programs to aid people living with disabilities along with a farm animal handling program for first responders.
Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) will host a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the grand champion barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.
Ohio is the first state to join the interstate meat shipment program created by the 2008 Farm Bill, the USDA announced this month.