Many Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff will travel to San Antonio Jan. 11-15 to celebrate this past year's achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Follow along here as we share the story from the digital eyes and ears of those in attendance.
News & Events
- 2015 County Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.
- Farm Bureau supports new nutrient bill
- Ohio Farm Bureau's State Priority Issues for 2015
- Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5
- A look at Ohio’s property tax system
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Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Resolution Committee meeting this week. Several of Ohio’s policy suggestions were accepted and will come before the voting delegates at American Farm Bureau annual meeting.
Here is just a sample of the ways that county Farm Bureaus throughout the state have worked to reach out to their communities this year. There are many more ways to get involved than what we could print here.
With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, OFBF has been studying the intricacies of the act and how it affects the entire health care industry. In the works is a health benefits plan to help Ohio Farm Bureau members deal with ACA issues
On Nov. 20, the Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony and accepted five amendments to Senate Bill 150, legislation to address nutrient management and water quality in Ohio but delayed a vote while more work is done.
Farm bill negotiators have announced that work on the bill will not be finished before Congress goes home for the remainder of 2013.
Nationwide has a new program called benefits that can help you offer your employees a competitive benefits package that supplements their regular health insurance program.
Dairy farmers are encouraged to answer their telephones in January 2014 when representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact selected dairy farmers in 18 states, including Ohio.
The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.
Farm Bureau delegates reviewed a new membership model proposal from the organization's state code committee before calling for a committee to further study the issue.
During his remarks to annual meeting delegates, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen emphasized the insurance company’s continued commitment to working with Farm Bureau.
In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.
Mark Sanborn, a nationally recognized speaker and author, kicked off the first-ever Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum with a message that resonated with Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.
County Farm Bureau membership kick-offs will begin early in 2014. If you’ve never been to one of these events, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Find the dates for each county here.
Latham and Katie Farley of Clayton were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. The Farleys will lead the team in developing and directing programs, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program.
Follow the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 4-6, 2013.
Showing school kids where their food comes from is very important, but few teachers have expertise in agriculture, and it is tough to fund field trips and other learning opportunities. This is where the Ag Is Cool program can help.
With the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations underway, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a news conference call with Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher and Ohio Association of Foodbanks' Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. During the call, Brown highlighted current negotiations and discussed key provisions that overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, support bio-based manufacturing, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food.
There are a lot things happening at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting Dec. 4 - 6. Here is a compilation of everything you need to know.
Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA for the second year on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process. The Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program will take place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Forty high school students from across the state will be chosen to participate in the 1 ½ day-long policy development program.
Landowners are often faced with drainage issues. This is why Ohio Farm Bureau is currently engaged with the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio and other stakeholders in reviewing Ohio’s drainage laws. We hope you can take a few minutes to provide your input as a farmer or landowner. The survey is online and will take only a few minutes to complete.
In order to support a transparent discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the organization, here is a look at what is being considered and why.
JEDD and JEDZ projects have become quite popular with local governments, but what do they really do?
A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, James Moll, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, 'Farmland.'
Have you developed a transition plan for when you retire or when it’s time to pass the farm on? When family members enter into the equation, planning can become more complicated.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. are pleased to announce the opening of the Ninth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 11- Dec. 3.
Do you know an elementary school teacher? Share Ohio Livestock Coalition’s free educational materials available through the For Your InFARMation program. The program is designed to teach Ohio third graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.
Over the years, the Buurma farming enterprise steadily expanded adding more land and new vegetable crops. But the supply of labor that has sustained the operation for six generations is drying up.
Daryl Knipp, a produce farmer and an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee, joined nearly 60 other farmers and agricultural leaders from 14 states in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for immigration reform. Here are a few clips from Knipp about the fly-in and immigration reform.
We were recently thrilled to see four Ohio county Farm Bureaus chosen as winners in the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. Only 24 winners were chosen nationwide.
In this blog, AgriPOWER Class V graduate Callie Wells explains how “You win with people” as a participant in AgriPOWER.
Here at Ohio Farm Bureau we are really excited about the next generation of leaders in food and farming, particularly when we are able to participate in events like Ohio FFA Association's Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference. A few of our public policy staff members recently helped put on a workshop at the conference for 200 Ohio FFA student leaders.
After taking a back seat to the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates, we may see some progress on the farm bill soon. The conference committee has been appointed and has started to meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The state could add people who don’t qualify for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid. But should they? On the next Town Hall Ohio, airing this weekend, this tricky topic is discussed.
The customer might not always be right. But the customer is effectively right. In other words, what you’re offering has no value if people aren’t buying it. Mark Lynas, an environmentalist and GMO advocate, laid out a compelling case for better appreciating consumer concerns during his recent talk at the Center for Food Integrity summit where he called efforts to block GMO labeling “the worst PR strategy ever.”
Farm Bureau weighing in, providing educational resources to members.
As of press time, the next step for a new farm bill is the conference process, which will work to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House and Senate have both announced their conferees and the Senate has included Ohio.
Just as we’re open to changing the way we farm, we’re again considering some changes to the way we do things in Farm Bureau.
The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.
When it comes to Ohio’s water resources, what do farmers care about?
The Ohio Secretary of State’s office will now accept the most frequently used business filings online in what it says is an ongoing effort to improve and modernize operations.
USDA is holding meetings for anyone who transports livestock across state lines, has their own livestock, veterinarians and their staff, OSU Extension personnel, licensed livestock dealers, haulers or others interested in learning about the new Animal Disease Traceability rule.
In less than 40 years, the world’s population is expected to expand by 30 percent.
Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.
Over the summer, Nationwide’s new Commercial Farm and Agribusiness School made its debut to help claims associates develop technical expertise, as well as better establish relationships and the business confidence to drive improved outcomes for farm and agribusiness members.
We want to ensure that agritourism enterprises are not stifled by rules or laws, confusion about how these businesses operate or any other issues. Here are three concerns we commonly hear. What other concerns and problems do you face?
Ohio Farm Bureau is tracking many issues at the federal level that could impact farmers, and three of them have new developments: Farm Bill, Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Here are brief updates on each of these issues.
In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau's David White discusses the Best Food Facts website which is dedicated to providing information on the many facets of food production, including preparation, consumption and everything in-between.
Ohio Farm Bureau Trustee Cy Prettyman tells us how his recent trip to Washington, D.C. with a group of Young Agricultural Professionals was refreshing, rejuvenating and encouraging.