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Forging a partnership -- 2011 Year in Review

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Under the direction of Ohio farmers and in cooperation with their communities, we are working on many fronts to carry out Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission. We are focused on strong relationships, a viable future, a sound organization and a balanced ecology.

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County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellence

Published Dec. 13, 2011

The exceptional work of county Farm Bureau volunteers was recognized through County Achievement Awards presented during Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Columbus.

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Hundreds of farmers gathered to evaluate and vote on policy proposals that were developed throughout the year.

OFBF delegates establish 2012 policy

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Energy, water quality, farm policy and Ohio State University Extension services were the primary topics delegates discussed during the 93rd annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Steve Rasmussen

Rasmussen: Farm Bureau put Nationwide on path to serve customers

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen said the company has had good business across the country and feels good about its growth. Specifically, he highlighted a new Master Certified Farm Agent program and estate planning services.

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Hirsch, Fisher look toward the future

Published Dec. 13, 2011

During their speeches at the 93rd annual meeting, both leaders challenged members to think about the who, why and how of Ohio Farm Bureau’s operation.

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Ty Kellogg

Like agriculture, the integrity is in the process

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Organization Director Ty Kellogg volunteered these thoughts as he accompanied farmers to the organization's annual meeting.

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Jeffrey Wadsworth

Innovation has Ohio roots

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO of Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute, provided attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting with an overview of how his firm is leading research to solve some of society’s most challenging problems.

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Mary Byers

Author: Associations must change to stay relevant

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Despite major changes in society, the way many associations operate hasn’t changed much, according to Mary Byers, an author and consultant who spoke at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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OFBF and OAAE believe proposed rule could limit opportunities for agriculture students.

Farm Bureau, Ag Educators concerned about proposed farm youth labor regulations

Published Dec. 8, 2011

New regulations as proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would limit the opportunity for kids under the age of 16 to work on the nation's farms.

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Ohio State Fair "Agriculture is Cool" program receives International Recognition

Published Dec. 6, 2011

"Agriculture is Cool" interactive education program partnership with Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio's agricultural commodity groups recognized earns first place Agricultural Award of Excellence.

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More than 300 delegates from all Ohio counties debated and approved policies for the organization in 2012.

Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates counties, leaders, lifetime achievements

Published Dec. 2, 2011

Recap of achievements and awards from Ohio Farm Bureau's 93rd annual meeting Nov. 30 - Dec.2 in Columbus.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition Offers Free Classroom Materials

Published Nov. 29, 2011

New “smart board” lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation curriculum.

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Invest Ohio is source of capital for farmers, small businesses

Published Nov. 23, 2011

InvestOhio is a new tool to infuse much needed capital into Ohio's small businesses, helping them create jobs. The nearly 900,000 small businesses in Ohio are one of the backbones of the state's economy. InvestOhio encourages investors to actively support these small businesses, sparking growth and improving Ohio's competitive position.

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OFBF sponsors Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST Program

Published Nov. 22, 2011

BEST is a youth development program based on a series of sanctioned cattle shows held throughout Ohio.

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Ohioans interested in agriculture issues are invited to join

Ohio Farm Bureau members finding ways to use advisory councils online

Published Nov. 17, 2011

Social media is playing an important role in allowing young, active Farm Bureau families to continue and contribute to longstanding grassroots programs.

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Extension Connection will be published quarterly in Ohio Farm Bureau's Buckeye Farm News

A new partnership with an old friend

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Extension and Farm Bureau have long been partners in making life better for farmers and all Ohioans. In November, Ohio farmers will find the first edition of Extension Connection, produced by OSU Extension and delivered exclusively to Ohio Farm Bureau members inside Buckeye Farm News.

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The "Home Grown in Darke County" series helped build appreciation for local farms and foods.

Community outreach programs earn top honor

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii.

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New farm bill may soon become a reality

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The current farm bill, which is set to expire in 2012, is something that is always at the top of the priority list of issues for Ohio Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau.

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Diverse viewpoints shaping food production

Published Nov. 15, 2011

A recent summit hosted by the Center for Food Integrity sought to shed light on a number of factors that could influence how food is produced.

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USDA seeks input on animal traceability plan

Published Nov. 15, 2011

After farmers raised concerns about the USDA’s initial proposal on a national identification system, the agency has offered a revised plan.

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State auditor wants to ‘skinny down’ government

Published Nov. 15, 2011

State Auditor Dave Yost is on a mission to cut the fat out of state and local governments.

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Hauling wide loads has limits

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Using a tractor to haul equipment on a roadway may not be legal if it’s a wide load. A Union County Farm Bureau member was surprised to find this out because he’d been hauling a piece of equipment that way for a long time.

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Hundreds of landowners sought input from OFBF after receiving a higher than expected property tax bill.

Ohio Farm Bureau offers expertise as community seeks tax explanation

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Any time there is an increase in what we must pay for something, it usually gets our attention. That’s the case in many counties around the state when landowners received their property tax bills and discovered an increase.

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Animal release fuels debate

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The intentional release of lions, bears, tigers and other exotic species in rural Muskingum County has created significant public demand for new laws to control ownership of such animals. But the topic of wild and dangerous animals has been on Farm Bureau’s agenda for several months.

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Journalists: Political animosity, reapportionment must change

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Decades ago, Ohio’s Republican and Democratic lawmakers would debate and craft legislation for hours and then later socialize together.

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Restrictions aimed at kids working on farms raises concern

Published Nov. 15, 2011

According to the American Farm Bureau, the Department of Labor is proposing new regulations that would limit the ability of kids under the age of 16 to work on the nation’s farms.

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AFBF will hold annual meeting in Hawaii

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Arrangements must be made by Dec. 2. The annual meeting registration fee is $100.

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Steer clear of car accident scams

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Nationwide is looking out for our policyholders with the help of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU), a team of over 250 professional investigators who detect, investigate and help prevent fraud. SIU also trains claims associates to identify fraud schemes.

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Our Ohio cooking instructor Marilou Suszko, right, explains cuts of pork.

Local events connect Ohioans to the farm

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Nearly 40 Grow and Know events have taken place throughout the state ranging from local foods cooking classes and farm tours to farm market tours and on-farm dinners.

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Tom Mechamer takes guests through his greenhouse.

Tour showcases diverse agricultural opportunities

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The tour showcased both the successes and challenges to the agriculture industry in Wayne County.

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A video of the Stearns Homestead Farm received the most views on YouTube.com during the contest.

Four Ohioans named winners of ‘My Ohio Agriculture’ video contest

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The contest required entrants to submit a one- to three-minute video showcasing their connection to Ohio agriculture.

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U.S. sheep demand leads to call for more sheep, new farmers

Published Nov. 15, 2011

America’s appetite for lamb and wool is outpacing the supply provided by American sheep farmers.

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Zehringer to serve as new Director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Published Nov. 15, 2011

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.

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Jon husted, left, and OFBF's Jack Fisher

Ohio Secretary of State visits 'Town Hall Ohio'

Published Nov. 15, 2011

As Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State, Jon Husted said his job is to protect the rights of individuals and the sanctity of the state’s elections.

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OFBF is urging the Senate to pass H.R. 872 before enforcement action begins.

Lack of action means duplicative permit for pesticide application

Published Nov. 15, 2011

H.R. 872 would have stopped a recent court ruling that would add duplicative EPA regulations under the Federal Clean Water Act.

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Free Trade Agreements are finally ratified

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The three agreements are now in the implementation phase with hope that trade will start very soon.

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Four Ohioans Named Winners of "My Ohio Agriculture" contest

Published Nov. 8, 2011

Four Ohioans have been named winners of $500 each in the 'My Ohio Agriculture' video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Statement on approval of Free Trade Agreements

Published Oct. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation thanks members of Ohio's congressional delegation who voted to approve Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation offers Agriculture Action & Awareness Grants

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Multiple $1,000 to $3,000 grants support porgrams and projects focusing on agricultural education, environmental and/or economic development in Ohio communities. Forms must be received by Nov. 15.

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Foundations to host rural-urban community auction

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation, Ohio Center on Agricultural Law hosting
online auction during the month of November, with a live bidding finale during Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Columbus Nov. 30.

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From left, Kasich, Director of Agriculture Zehringer and Jack Fisher

Gov. Kasich highlights economic opportunities for Ohio agriculture

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Asked about his philosophy on the role of government during a recent taping of Ohio Farm Bureau’s radio show 'Town Hall Ohio,' Ohio Gov. John Kasich said government should do what people can’t do for themselves.

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American Farm Bureau makes recommendations on farm bill spending

Published Oct. 12, 2011

American Farm Bureau is asking Congress to spread farm bill cuts across key program areas. The organization’s proposal represents a balance of multiple commodity and regional interests.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals recently met with lawmakers and other leaders in Washington, D.C.

Young ag professionals tell their stories to members of Congress

Published Oct. 12, 2011

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.

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Supreme Court ruling favors landowners

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is pleased with a recent ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court that upholds the private property rights of landowners along Lake Erie.

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Nationwide News: Farm, family can benefit from transition planning discussion

Published Oct. 12, 2011

When it comes to transition planning, farmers face some unique challenges and need to take proactive steps to help ensure that their legacy is protected.

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Conservation farm families were recognized at Farm Science Review.

Ohio Farm Families recognized for conservation

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio’s top conservation farm families for 2011 were honored for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on the land they farm during ceremonies at the Farm Science Review.

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Leadership Engagement Team provides effective training to busy members

Published Oct. 12, 2011

A new Ohio Farm Bureau staff team is helping give members the leadership tools they need to help be better leaders and manage their busy lives more effectively.

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Nominate a Certified Crop Adviser for award program

Published Oct. 12, 2011

The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program is currently seeking nominations for the 2011 Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award.

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It takes time: Building trust in today’s agriculture

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Recent research shows there is a sizeable gap between what Americans want from farmers and what they perceive they are getting.

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Highlights from 'The Food Dialogues' conversation Sept. 22

Published Oct. 12, 2011

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held an online forum, “The Food Dialogues,” a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating—on their own health and the health of the planet.

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