Ohio Farm Bureauís Community Council program provides an opportunity for Farm Bureau members to come together to discuss local issues and then take action. Hereís an example of how the Farmers R Us Community Council, made up of seven couples in Van Wert County, took on Ag in the Classroom as one of their community activities for the year.
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Dealing with government can be intimidating. But public participation is necessary to ensure policymakers understand the needs of their constituents, that rules are reasonable and programs are responsive to taxpayers. Thatís where Farm Bureau can help. It provides its members with a number of opportunities to connect with public officials, to learn about laws and regulations and to shape the debate. The organizationís grassroots process gives it its credibility and its power.
Lawmakers are now examining Gov. John Kasichís broad tax reform proposal. The budget bill calls for significant changes to Ohioís tax structure and many voices will be weighing in on the debate to determine where the money will come from to fund state government programs.
Nationwide explains how to apply ergonomics to farm work, to reduce stress on the body and increase safety.
Ohio State agricultural communication student and Collegiate Young Farmersí Farm Bureau Liaison Kelly Fager explains why she is involved in the club and the goals the officers set for the club in the upcoming year.
The May 10 deadline for farmers to have completed a Spill Prevention, Containment and Control Plan (SPCC) is quickly approaching, but EPA will not enforce this rule on farms until Sept. 30.
Director of Political Education Doug Foxx discusses several events recently sponsored by AGGPAC, and shares how members can keep the lines of communication open and work toward creating stronger relationships with government officials.
Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.
Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Yvonne Lesicko gives an update on immigration reform and the inclusion of solutions for agriculture in the recently introduced immigration reform bill.
Yvonne Lesicko, OFBF senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs, discusses where Farm Bill progress stands.