Excerpt from OFBF President Steve Hirsch's remarks at the 94th annual meeting.
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- Opening global markets for Ohio farmers
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After extensive deliberation, Ohio Farm Bureau's board of trustees voted to approve this budget bill, which provides support for many critical programs for the agricultural community.
Farm Bureau works hard advocating at the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, Federal Supreme Court and with local governments to ensure property rights and address other issues landowners have. Here are a few highlights of that advocacy work.
Everyday farming practices, including fence building, planting and fertilizer application, could be affected by a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. In March the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its proposed rule, which would expand the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the CWA and give them jurisdiction over almost all areas with a hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including ditches.
Through OFBF’s county-based “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign, Ohio farmers are helping to provide less fortunate Ohioans with safe and healthy food.
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.
Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.
If the European Union has its way, U.S. cheese producers won’t be able to use European names such as Parmesan, asiago, feta and muenster because the EU says they are “geographical indications” and can only be displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe. But some of Ohio’s cheese producers have been making cheese the way their European ancestors did many generations ago.
Bill Lowe wins Murray Lincoln Award; 39 members earn Ambassador Award
Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, discusses Farm Bureau concerns with federal tax reform that were addressed with working groups of the House Ways and Means Committee.