When the words public policy are initially heard, I immediately flashback to government or political science class -- long lectures, copious notes, and fair amounts of doodling in the margins of my paper. However, the fourth session of AgriPOWER has given me the opportunity to experience firsthand the theories and practices of our government coming to life.
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We’re half way through AgriPOWER Class VI and I can hardly believe it! We’ve spent time getting to know each other, ourselves, how we can be the best advocates in Washington, D.C. and this month we focused on how we can influence policy and change here in Ohio.
Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.
This week Ohio Farm Bureau testified about House Bill 490. OFBF supports a measure to transfer manure management regulations from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as well as a nutrient management provision for the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Harvest season is nearing an end for many farmers in Ohio. The weather this fall, particularly this past week with snow, has been very challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat. But they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are our favorite posts this week on social media including photos from the #OHharves14 and #SnowyOhioFarm hashtags.
Ohio Farm Bureau has been busy talking with members of Congress and federal officials about water issues.
Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules recently to testify about an agritourism bill that is based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.
Ohio State University Extension has now scheduled 25 fertilizer certification classes and 45 combination fertilizer/pesticide application classes statewide for farmers.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift item? Check out the items up for bid on the 9th annual Rural-Urban Community Auction sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc.
Harvest season is nearing an end for some farmers in Ohio. The wet weather this fall was challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has presented its official recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa that will improve and modernize the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.
How Ohio's Current Agricultural Use Value program affects landowners.
Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week. Have photos you want to share with other farmers across the state? Post them to our Facebook timeline or share on Instagram and Twitter using #OHharvest14.
The state’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program is one of the top items to be discussed during Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee meeting next week. OFBF’s policy department has been gathering resources and input for the committee by meeting with tax experts and legislators, attending CAUV meetings statewide and examining the results of a recent CAUV survey conducted by OFBF.
Ohio State University Extension has added more fertilizer certification classes for farmers. Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres must be certified by 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau has set an aggressive goal of having all farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin certified by Earth Day 2015. That April 22 date is more than two years before the state required deadline.
The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was recently documented in Ohio in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. There is no evidence the disease has affected the state's wild deer population. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Policy Outreach Dr. Leah Dorman met with state officials to talk about Ohio’s first case of the disease. She’s compiled a list of some frequently asked questions about CWD and suggestions for deer hunters when they dress the animals.
Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. The wet weather this fall has been challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they are work on harvest every moment they can, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.
For those 41 counties that underwent reappraisals and updates in 2014, record high crop prices combined with record low interest rates in recent years have created a significant spike in farmland values under the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.
Youth Capitol Challenge winners take their proposal to county Farm Bureau, legislators
Hundreds turn out for first fertilizer certification classes, launch OFBF water action plan
Many farmers who conduct agritourism activities on their property face challenges with liability and regulatory costs.
Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015.
Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers to make two bills stronger that aim to prevent and respond to future propane shortages.
Farmers have a big decision to make — which new farm bill safety net program to participate in for the next few years. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary “Farmland” is now available on Hulu.
Bruce McPheron, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, spoke with an Ohio Farm Bureau member advisory team that is offering input on how the college can best serve Ohio’s agricultural community.
The Nationwide Agribusiness AgriChoice farm policy can include coverage for Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.
Over the next 10 years, Ohio is projected to have 38,000 miles of pipeline construction done statewide. The new or upgraded pipelines will carry everything from natural gas to crude oil to refined fuels. Landowners need to be aware that many projects don’t fall under eminent domain.
In September, 40 Young Agricultural Professionals and 20 members of AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. Several trip participants blogged about their experience. Here are a few excerpts and links to the full blog.
AgriPOWER Class VI member Rachael Vonderhaar blogs about her exciting, jammed pack trip to D.C full of networking and learning.
AgriPOWER Class VI member Ashley Culp blogs about her exciting and eye-opening experience during the programs trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about agricultural policy and lobbying along with the Young Ag Professionals group.
AgriPOWER Class VI member Adam Campbell blogs about his experience in Washington, D.C. with his classmates and Young Ag Professionals.
Starting Monday, producers and landowners can start visiting their local Farm Service Agency to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres. For those farmers planting crops, this is the first of three important decisions they will need to make as implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill starts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program created under the farm bill.
If you think it’s always clear who owns the mineral rights to a piece of land, you might want to think again. With the explosion in oil and natural gas drilling, some of those mineral rights could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the owner.
OFBF President Steve Hirsch talks about water quality during Ohio State Vice President Bruce McPheron's annual lunch event at Farm Science Review. Video is courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Kelly Fager, Fulton County Farm Bureau member and Young Ag Professional, discusses her experience on the Young Ag Professional and AgriPOWER trip to Washington, D.C.
Creating opportunities for authentic conversations between farmers and nonfarmers about food and food production can be a challenge, but Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus did just that with their BBQ Science Workshop.
American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts were recently in Ohio to meet with Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and Nationwide leaders.
Metal theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.
State policy development committee ready to examine county policy recommendations
Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Brief updates on EPA's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule, 'Town Hall Ohio' shows, Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum Dec. 10, CAUV, and webinars for rural entrepreneurs
Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more
What steps have Ohio Farm Bureau, other ag groups and Ohio farmers taken to address water quality issues?
Ohio farmers will take measurable steps toward improving Ohio’s water resources with the launch of a $1 million water quality action plan announced today by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).
Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015. Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The program replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program and gives dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operations.
Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."
Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER programs are are traveling to Washington, D.C. Sept. 10-12. Check here for the latest updates from those on the trip while on the ground on Capitol Hill.
Ohio Farm Bureau is continuing to concentrate on addressing issues brought up by the Toledo drinking water problem in early August. The harmful algal bloom issue is complex, and many groups and institutions are working to understand all of the factors involved. Ohio Farm Bureau has been in constant contact with lawmakers, media and agriculture/commodity groups to not only explain agriculture’s commitment to conservation and water quality but to also correct misconceptions about current regulations.
I recently traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the AgChat Foundation’s annual conference, to network with farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals who are using social/new media to tell agriculture’s story. There are many things I could share that were discussed at the conference, but I’ve pulled out the four of the most important to me.