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AgriPOWER Class VI learns about local government, local agriculture

Published Feb. 6, 2015

The fifth session of AgriPOWER Class VI Jan. 22-23 focused on local government and local issues in the Toledo area. Class VI focused on local agriculture issues in that part of the state including the water issues Toledo faced this past summer. The class also learned about local government from township, county and city government officials in that part of the state.

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Local government, local issues

Published Feb. 6, 2015

A blog from AgriPOWER Class VI member Roshelle Rowe about the fifth session of the leadership program that focused on local government and northwest Ohio agricultural issues including water quality.

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A look at what’s going on in the Statehouse, Congress

Published Feb. 6, 2015

With the state legislature and Congress back in full session, Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy department has been busy examining various proposals that impact agriculture such as taxes, water quality and nutrient application.

Here’s a look at some notable bills introduced in Ohio and in Congress, as well as Gov. John Kasich’s tax proposals.

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease

Published Feb. 6, 2015

A blog from AgriPOWER Class VI member Kent Jorgensen about the fifth session of the leadership program that focused on local government and northwest Ohio agricultural issues including water quality.

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Help us tell Ohio Farm Bureau's centennial story

Published Feb. 4, 2015

As Ohio Farm Bureau approaches its 100th year in 2019, we are starting preparations to commemorate the centennial by telling the Farm Bureau story through an updated history book. Because this book belongs to our members, we’re requesting photographs that can help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau since 1919.

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Wrap up of largest Young Ag Professionals event to date

Published Feb. 2, 2015

Over the last few years Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience conference has been growing at a rapid rate. Three years ago there was 150 attendees, last year 280 and this year 540! The conference was buzzing with energy from the growth and for the top notch agenda. Below you will find photos, messages and videos from the conference. To learn more about the YAP program visit the Facebook Page or subscribe to receive emails.

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Join a local Young Ag Professionals group

Published Feb. 2, 2015

Local level Young Ag Professionals groups are popping up all across the state. Each group's activities is driven by those who participate with some focusing on educational activities, some on social activities and some combine both. Find out where these local groups are in this directory. If there is not a group near you contact your county Farm Bureau about starting one!

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Five regional meetings such as this one at Lake Erie Shores & Islands were held to gather input for Healthy Water Ohio.

Farm Bureau helping farmers meet their water quality goals

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is making progress on its $1 million water quality action plan.

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Restructured Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has $10 million goal

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Three Ohio Farm Bureau foundations are becoming one this year: The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will now encompass the Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) and the Ohio Center of Agricultural Law, Inc.

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Protecting, improving agritourism

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules to testify in favor of an agritourism bill that was based on model legislation created by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Ohio Supreme Court case examines how grain bins are taxed

Published Jan. 19, 2015

An Ohio Board of Tax Appeals ruling that nonpermanent grain storage bins are not “real property” under Ohio law has been appealed and is now an Ohio Supreme Court case.

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A broader look at Ohio’s tax system

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is conducting an intensive review of the state and local tax burden on Ohio farmers and landowners. OFBF has hired a tax consulting firm, Howard Fleeter & Associates, to provide estimates of several types of taxes paid by the agricultural sector over the past 20 years.

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Bill will simplify municipal income tax filings

Published Jan. 19, 2015

At the end of the year, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 5, a municipal tax reform bill. The legislation simplifies and establishes consistency for the filing of municipal income tax returns.

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When you tell your story, legislators listen and take action

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Board Trustee Roger Baker was in Washington, D.C. listening to a House panel discussion about the causes of the harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Lake Erie when his ears perked up.

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Areas in blue: Proposed Pipeline Construction

Learn more about 38,000 miles of new pipelines in Ohio

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Over the next 10 years, Ohio is expected to have at least 38,000 miles of pipeline development statewide. Ohio residents are encouraged to attend upcoming scope meetings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Monsanto expanding its outreach efforts

Published Jan. 19, 2015

During an interview on 'Town Hall Ohio', Monsanto's Janice Person described how she developed a passion for agriculture as she became something of a social media spokesperson for the agricultural science company, which has become a lightning rod among critics of large-scale farming.

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9 named to AFBF Issue Advisory Committees

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The 14 committees are made up of Farm Bureau members with knowledge and direct involvement in issues of importance to U.S. farmers and ranchers. AFBF President Bob Stallman appointed committee members to serve either one-year or two-year terms.

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Open enrollment for health insurance ends Feb. 15

Published Jan. 19, 2015

If you are currently in the market for health insurance, take a close look at the plan options at Medical Mutual, which is recommended by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Prepare for changes in Workers’ Compensation

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is continuing its transition to a prospective billing process, which will require employers to provide payment before they receive coverage rather than after.

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Nationwide News: New EZ Ag Mobile: It works where farmers work

Published Jan. 19, 2015

EZ Ag Mobile creates a self-service environment for Nationwide’s farm and ranch customers to see farm policies, pay premiums and see payment status, connect with agents and start a claim.

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2015 agriculture scholarship programs

Published Jan. 15, 2015

United Producers Inc., OABA Educational Trust and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2014. All scholarship programs assist students in pursuing their education in agricultural-related areas of study and aim to help promote agriculture and agribusiness as a growing field of career opportunities.

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Tax department studying OFBF’s recommended changes to CAUV

Published Jan. 12, 2015

For months, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and volunteers have studied the complicated formula of the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV), which taxes farmland for its agricultural value rather than its fair market value and acts as a strong farmland preservation program.

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OFBF rallies around Victoria Shaw, Discussion Meet competitor

Members represent Ohio Farm Bureau at AFBF Annual Convention

Published Jan. 11, 2015

Six counties participate in County Activities of Excellence Awards program; Young Ag Professionals compete in national contests

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Join county Farm Bureaus at membership kick-off meetings

Published Jan. 8, 2015

Below is a few photos of Farm Bureau member events. If they look like events you and others you know would enjoy consider attending your county's kick-off and joining the membership drive! County Farm Bureau's across the state will be holding membership kick-offs over the next few weeks. Kick-offs vary from membership benefit expos to family fun events to personal development opportunities to land and legal issue information opportunities.

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Items sold during the auction included cheese sculptures and a wooden tractor rocker.

Live, silent auction raises money for foundations

Published Dec. 22, 2014

The ninth annual Rural-Urban Community Auction raised more than $10,000 for Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 96th Annual Meeting.

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