Food prices will be higher this year and that means farmers have an opportunity to help politicians, the media and the public understand more about the complex task of putting food on the table.
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- Senate passes agritourism bill
- Legal with Leah: Ag sales tax exemption
- Vertical Farming on 'Town Hall Ohio'
- Growing Our Generation: Telling the story of agriculture
- OFBF pushes for action on proposed CAUV legislation
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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has rescinded administrative rules applying to private commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds operating in intrastate commerce.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has created an office to help businesses comply with regulations and identify pollution prevention opportunities that can save money, increase efficiency and benefit the environment.
The head of the newly created JobsOhio wants to make one thing clear – the Department of Development is not going to be eliminated.
Calling the Ohio House of Representatives the “people’s house,” House Speaker William Batchelder said he would like hearings to be more accessible to the general public.
The U.S. House this month passed a bill that would help increase the number of veterinarians working in livestock and food animal practices and in key public health fields. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to follow suit.
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From feeding local communities to feeding a booming global population, Ohio Farm Bureau’s recent Bringing it to the Table conference brought together a diverse group from Ohio’s food community to inspire creative collaboration in pursuit of new opportunities.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has transitioned to three supervisory regions: North, East and South.
The recipient of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2011 Award for Children’s Literature is 'Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food' by Cris Peterson.
Ohio Farm Bureau and The Longaberger Company have partnered to create a commemorative canning basket featuring Farm Bureau’s consumer brand 'Our Ohio'.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is inviting Ohioans to share how food and farming touches their lives in the “My Ohio Agriculture – What’s Our Connection?” video contest.
All Terrain Vehicles are frequently used on the farm or ranch to haul supplies or get to the field, but ATVs often serve another purpose: recreation. Unfortunately, children are frequently victims of accidents on ATVs.
Shelby County Farm Bureau received a $500 mini-grant from the White-Reinhardt Fund For Education to help local elementary school children grow their own school garden.
After nearly a year of work, dozens of meetings and thousands of public comments, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is close to completing Ohio’s initial standards for farm animal well-being.
Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have led an effort to reduce regulatory burdens that will harm Ohio farmers and other businesses and create needless expense for Ohio taxpayers.
Here's your chance to win some goodies for you participation in Ohio Farm Bureau's Membership Week!
Ohio Farm Bureau is only able to do the work it does on behalf of Ohio farmers, food and agriculture because of the dues from its members. Learn the importance of membership, its benefits to all, and have a bit of fun by joining "Membership Week" on Facebook.
Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are among 4,000 Farm Bureau members that will make the journey to Capitol Hill to share important agriculture issues with lawmakers. They prepped for Congressional visits on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer, in celebration of National Agriculture Week, announced the department’s commitment to promoting economic development in the state by declaring “Ohio’s doors are wide open for agribusiness”.
Ohio's county Farm Bureau Presidents take to Washington, D.C. for 65th time to share agriculture issues and concerns with Ohio lawmakers.
Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Chief Dave White talks the issues on the March 12-13 edition of Town Hall Ohio. Here's a video preview.
From hearty breakfasts and scholarships, to workshops for beginning farmers and getting back to basics, to new online projects and initiatives to connect with your local farmers, Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus are certainly busy this month. Here's an overview of what's happening across the state.
Nominations now being accepted for 2011 Conservation Farm Family Awards, which recognize Ohio farm families doing an outstanding job managing natural and human resources in meeting production and conservation goals.
The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.
The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its plan to expand milk testing after the dairy industry and state regulators criticized the methodology.
In a letter to Ohio lawmakers, Ohio Farm Bureau outlined its support for House Bill 2, which would advance the concept of performance audits for many state agency programs and activities.
During Ohio Farm Bureau's Ag Day at the Capitol, hundreds of Ohio farmers gathered to support legislation that would repeal Ohio's estate tax. The tax is particularly burdensome for farmers because it can force their heirs to sell land or take out loans to settle the estate.
The goal of Farm Bureau’s youth program hasn’t changed much – to provide youths with important life skills, find future ag leaders and build relationships. Today, with young people being involved in so many activities, Farm Bureau is looking at ways to make the most of its youth programs
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is wrapping up listening sessions regarding rule changes placing regulatory burdens on vehicles traveling within Ohio with a 10,000- to 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife is holding open houses. | Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program applications are available. | A Kansas State study shows meat sales decline when media attention is given to animal welfare issues. | HSUS is working on a ballot measure in Washington state.
As federal officials continue to work on national food safety standards, Ohio farm groups are developing their own guidelines to better fit the needs of the state’s diverse farming community.
In eastern Ohio, the big land rush is on, driven by natural gas and oil exploration. The payout for property owners who lease out their land can be huge or pitiful, depending on the terms of the lease.
Rules recently adopted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) allow the agency to take additional action to address water quality issues, such as those that have occurred at Grand Lake St. Marys.
USDA announced it would fully deregulate Round-Up Ready alfalfa, calling for “coexistence” between growers who use genetically modified crops and those who don’t. Groups such as American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association welcomed the decision.
Interest in renting farmland continues to be strong, as some farmers look for more land to try to take advantage of high crop values.
Delegates at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd Annual Meeting voted to maintain a strong farm income safety net, address dairy price volatility and urge greater oversight of regulatory actions by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ohio’s government continues to see new faces in leadership positions as a result of last November’s election and Gov. John Kasich’s cabinet appointments.
Fairfield and Funton County Farm Bureaus were recognized by American Farm Bureau for innovative new program ideas in the 2011 County Activities of Excellence program. They were among 15 local Farm Bureaus selected nationally to share their successful efforts in an exhibit at AFBF’s annual meeting.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups and has awarded
a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.
Your farm’s long-term success is ultimately about profitability. While controlling expenses is one critical component of profitability, so is protecting your farm’s or ranch’s assets with the right insurance and risk management tools. How can you strike a balance between savings and security?
Emily Krueger of West Salem, Ohio was named the winner of the 2011 American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet held recently during the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Orlando.
In Northeast Ohio, as part of this year’s membership campaign, each county Farm Bureau in the region donated $100 to establish a $2,000 membership renewal promotion. In Paulding County, $2,500 was awarded as part of Farm Bureau's Property Protection program.
After nearly 20 years working with education programs and assisting volunteers and teachers in helping students learn the origins of their food, Judy Roush is returning to the family farm upon her retirement this month.
The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) will host its Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 4 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University.
Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with OFBF, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.
Thanks to the farmers on our Facebook page who shared the reasons that they would encourage other farmers to join Farm Bureau. You can join in the conversation at www.facebook.com/ohiofarmbureau.
When one of the nation’s largest meatpackers opened its beef slaughter plant to a camera crew from The Oprah Winfrey Show, few were predicting the company would earn a pat on the back from a leading food system critic and positive words from Winfrey herself.
OFBF is supporting House Bill 22, which would clarify the law to ensure that farmers aren’t held criminally responsible when livestock get out through no fault of the farmer.
Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for a 21-day agricultural study tour through the McCloy Fellowship Program.