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CAFFRE staff and business partners tasting tomato soy juice with Secretary Vilsack

Ag Secretary Vilsack visits Ohio State, highlights cancer-fighting research

Published Jun. 29, 2012

A group of agricultural researchers at Ohio State University may be finding ways to help fight cancer. They shared their work with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during his visit to Ohio State University this week.

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Ag-LINK Deposit program expanded

Published Jun. 28, 2012

Gov. John Kasich signed into law this week legislation expanding funds to help Ohio farmers offset costs associated with feed, seed, fertilizer and fuel through the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK).

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Darke Co. Farm Bureau with their CAE display at the AFBF annual meeting

County Activities of Excellence Awards application now available

Published Jun. 27, 2012

Applications are available for county Farm Bureaus to enter the County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. The CAE recognizes up to 25 successful county Farm Bureau programs from across the nation.

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Farm bill passes Senate

Published Jun. 21, 2012

The Senate has passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 64-35. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Policy Yvonne Lesicko prepared this report on the passage of the farm bill in the Senate.

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Energy bill signed into law, regulates oil and gas industry

Published Jun. 21, 2012

Last week Gov. John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 315, legislation that strengthens regulations for Ohio’s oil and gas industry. Introduced by Sen. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro), the bill establishes a regulatory framework for overseeing technologies allowing exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations, as well as other energy issues.

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Rep. Bob Gibbs

Rep. Bob Gibbs discusses EPA/Clean Water Act

Published Jun. 21, 2012

Rep. Bob Gibbs recently spoke with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to circumvent Congress and expand its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act.

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Young attendee checking out the piglets at the hog farm display during the Breakfast on the Farm event.

On-farm breakfast connects local community, agriculture

Published Jun. 19, 2012

Franklin and Madison County Farm Bureaus held their first Breakfast on the Farm event Saturday, with more than 500 people attending. The breakfast, a Grow and Know event, was held at the Yutzy family dairy farm, Kramer Homestead, in Plain City. Attendees enjoyed a made-to-order omelet breakfast in the farm’s pasture and were able to get food and farming questions answered.

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The summer months provide a special opportunity for Farm Bureau members.

June 2012 County Farm Bureau Roundup

Published Jun. 15, 2012

Summer is here, and the opportunities to get engaged with agriculture in your community are growing throughout Ohio Farm Bureau! Here is the latest comprehensive list of Farm Bureau tours, demonstrations, workshops, meetings and other happenings throughout the state.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown discusses the 2012 Farm Bill

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Sen. Sherrod Brown recently called to chat about the Farm Bill with Ohio Farm Bureau's Joe Cornely. Check out what he had to say.

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 4 Wheel Drive, Extended Cab LT

Truck giveaway celebrates Farm Bureau members’ efforts to bring people together

Published Jun. 13, 2012

By encouraging a friend or neighbor to join Ohio Farm Bureau, more than 1,000 volunteers kicked off this year’s campaign to grow their organization and its efforts to connect Ohioans on important issues.

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Eric Cotton was among the Ohio Farm Bureau members who spoke with Rep. Marcia Fudge about the farm bill.

Farm bill cuts in the works – will it pass this year?

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The next farm bill, whether it passes this year or next, will contain billions of dollars in cuts and eliminate some longstanding farm subsidy programs.

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Before meeting with lawmakers, OFBF volunteers signed books containing the comments of Ohio farmers opposed to the rules

How Ohio farmers protected opportunities for youths

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The passion of Ohio Farm Bureau members along with the use of some simple technology gave the organization momentum as it helped block an unpopular proposal on federal youth labor rules.

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What FDA’s new antibiotics strategy means for livestock farmers

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Farmers who use antibiotics in food producing animals are encouraged to submit comments regarding a new Food and Drug Administration proposal.

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Budget bill has provisions of interest to farmers

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The MBR includes Clean Ohio Fund provisions for $6 million to the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program and $36 million to the Green Space Conservation program.

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Listen to ODA Director Dave Daniels (l) and other Town Hall Ohio guests at www.townhallohio.org or subscribe on iTunes.

ODA director describes approach to oversight

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Over the years, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has been consistent in running and growing the state’s $107 billion agriculture industry, the department’s director said.

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Nationwide News: Do you have the right farm coverage?

Published Jun. 13, 2012

In today’s volatile marketplace, many insurance companies that provide farm coverage for families like yours are making changes to their policies. The worst time to find out you don’t have the right coverage is when you have a claim.

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Fayette County Farm Bureau presents $2,500 reward

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Jon Hobbs of Clarksburg was presented with a reward check of $2,500 for information he provided to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office that led to the arrest of two individuals convicted of receiving stolen property taken from Fayette County Farm Bureau member James Hobbs of Bloomingburg.

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Shelby Brammel, left, Rachel Heimerl, right

Contests offer experience for young professionals

Published Jun. 13, 2012

A little knowledge, confidence and passion are all Ohio Farm Bureau members need to start participating in the organization’s Young Agricultural Professionals contests.

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Cooking classes are often among Grow and Know events.

County Farm Bureaus are engaging people through Grow and Know events

Published Jun. 13, 2012

There is a different story to tell about agriculture in each of Ohio’s 88 counties, and many county Farm Bureaus are telling their story by holding “Grow and Know” events.

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Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Jim Petro, left, joined OFBF's Jack Fisher in a discussion about Ohio education.

Petro wants students to complete higher education

Published Jun. 13, 2012

As chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Jim Petro has a one-word goal – completion. He would like to see students attending Ohio’s 37 universities and community colleges complete their credentials and degrees, whether they are a one-year certificate, two-year degree or four-year degree.

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Joining forces to support the community

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Reaching out to the community is nothing new for Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.

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Our Take: Social media, community, and the future of engagement

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Social media has ushered in alternative methods of empowerment and organization. Now, we must pay attention and act upon the trends drawing the line between success and failure for businesses and organizations of the future.

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Farm Bureau members urged to review pesticide rule changes

Published Jun. 8, 2012

Farm Bureau members are urged to review recent changes to an EPA rule prior applying pesticides this year.

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Ohio Farm Bureau member Kristin Reese will serve as a panelist on one of the four dissusions at The Food Dialogues: LA

Farmers and ranchers take to LA for The Food Dialogues

Published Jun. 8, 2012

Farmers and ranchers are headed to Los Angeles – the entertainment capital of the world – for the second Food Dialogues event, June 20-21. Four separate discussions – held over two days – will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders, farmers and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food. Ohio Farm Bureau member Kristin Reese will serve as a panelist at one of the four discussions.

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Passage of Great Lakes Compact bill policy success story for Farm Bureau members

Published Jun. 7, 2012

Gov. John Kasich recently signed legislation sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann that outlines state regulations on water withdrawals, which was the final implementing measure to the Great Lakes Compact.

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