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'Town Hall Ohio'

Published May. 4, 2015

Here are some excerpts of recent shows from influential leaders in Ohio

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Farmers need to certify conservation compliance by June 1

Published May. 4, 2015

June 1 is the deadline for farmers to file certification regarding highly erodible land and wetland conservation with their local U.S.Department of Agriculture service center.

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OFBF urges withdrawal of WOTUS rule

Published May. 1, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau has asked all Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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Township trustees can help landowners work through line fence disputes

Published Apr. 27, 2015

Spring is the season to check fences, and when farmers start to focus on them, questions to Ohio Farm Bureau begin to increase. Staff members have made two presentations so far focused on the township trustee role in the dispute process. In a nutshell: trustees can help you work through that dispute, according to Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of agricultural law.

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What you need to know about Ohio's new nutrient law

Published Apr. 23, 2015

On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will restrict the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).

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How deer damage permit changes will affect farmers

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.

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Why should you join AgriPOWER? My top six reasons to apply

Published Apr. 8, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute graduate Jenny Cox gives you six reasons to apply for AgriPOWER Class VI.

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AgriPOWER: Springboard to involvement, change

Published Apr. 6, 2015

A blog from recent AgriPOWER Institute Class VI graduate Kent Jorgenson about his experience in the program and why if you have ever wondered what more you can do for agriculture and your community, the AgriPOWER Institute is for you.

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How CAUV’s formula is changing

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.

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Ohio Farm Bureau makes new CAUV formula suggestions to tax department

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Specifically, Ohio Farm Bureau suggested making the formula better reflect the value of land for farming and be less affected by nonfarm factors.

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An explanation of Ohio’s tax rates, millage

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the property’s value. Therefore, to determine the taxable value, you could multiply your appraised value by 0.35 to determine the value to which the tax rate will actually be applied.

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Working to preserve Ohio’s ag sales tax exemption

Published Apr. 3, 2015

OFBF’s Director of State Policy Brandon Kern testified recently about the need for Ohio’s agricultural sales tax exemption to stay intact. Part of the legislative process is to periodically review tax exemptions to see if changes should be made.

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Tell us your agritourism challenges

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is seeking input from agritourism businesses on what types of challenges they are facing. Both the House and Senate have introduced agritourism bills, which are based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Thousands of farmers receive fertilizer application certification

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Water quality is one of Ohio Farm Bureau’s priority issues this year, and thousands of farmers spent a few hours of their winter attending a fertilizer application certification class.

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Meeting with Boehner

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Nine OFBF members traveled to Washington, D.C. this winter for their first meeting as members of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committees.

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Wildlife Federation blames farmers exclusively

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In February, the National Wildlife Federation aired a commercial on Toledo radio stations that placed blame for algal blooms solely on farmers. Their message did not go unchallenged. Below is Ohio Farm Bureau's response to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of NWF.

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Ohio revises home sewage treatment rules

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Under Ohio’s revised home sewage treatment rules, homeowners will not be required to replace their septic system “as long as there’s not sewage on the top of the ground, missing parts/pieces or backup in your home,” according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Control your energy costs with AEP’s new farm energy efficiency program

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The program offers options and incentives to fund energy efficiency measures that will help farmers control their energy costs.

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What to do when approached about pipeline easements

Published Apr. 3, 2015

An estimated 38,000 miles of new or upgraded pipelines are in the works. Here are some helpful tips from Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of energy, utility and local government policy on what to do if you are approached by leasing agents about pipeline work planned to cross your property.

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Nationwide News: Help us save lives on America's rural roads

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The farmer was driving a tractor with a cultivator that extended about five feet across the center line of a rural, two-lane bridge. The biker was driving in the opposite lane and didn’t see the cultivator. The biker rode directly into its path – killing him instantly.

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Prospective billing for workers’ comp begins in July

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In May, private employers will receive a notice of their estimated annual workers’ compensation premium based on payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

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What do AgriPOWER graduates say about it?

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Considering applying for AgriPOWER Class VII? Applications are due April 17. Let recent graduates of Class VI convince you!

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Kasich signs workable water quality bill into law

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Amended substitute Senate Bill 1 addresses Ohio Farm Bureau’s top priority by giving farmers time to request assistance. Farm Bureau successfully argued for provisions that allow farmers to apply for reasonable deadline extensions while they’re working to come into compliance.

The bill allows for common agronomic practices that are proven effective for water quality and workable for farmers.

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Buck selected for national agricultural leadership training program

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington has been selected to be a part of the eighth class of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, a two-year, high-level program that includes intense, in-person and hands-on training.

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AgriPOWER opens doors

Published Mar. 30, 2015

AgriPOWER Class VI graduation has come and gone. It’s hard to believe it has been nine months. We began this journey as 19 strangers with a passion for agriculture and personal development, and came out as 19 friends with a greater understanding of each other and the industry in which we all are connected. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this program. I have grown as a person, an agriculturalist and a leader. All attributes that will be helpful for the future of our industry and my family.

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