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Nationwide News: Include GPS systems when insuring equipment

Published Oct. 13, 2014

The Nationwide Agribusiness AgriChoice farm policy can include coverage for Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.

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Be ready to negotiate when pipeline construction comes through

Published Oct. 9, 2014

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.

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Young Ag Professionals, AgriPOWER take over D.C.

Published Oct. 2, 2014

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.

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D.C. adventure with OFBF AgriPower VI

Published Oct. 2, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Rachael Vonderhaar blogs about her exciting, jammed pack trip to D.C full of networking and learning.

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Eye-opening Washington trip

Published Sep. 29, 2014

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.

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AgriPOWER Class VI and Young Ag Professionals visited USDA for updates and discussion.

Our nation’s capital in 3 days

Published Sep. 26, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Adam Campbell blogs about his experience in Washington, D.C. with his classmates and Young Ag Professionals.

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What you need to know about 2014 Farm Bill implementation

Published Sep. 26, 2014

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.

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Why your mineral rights might be in danger

Published Sep. 25, 2014

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.

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President Steve Hirsch discusses water quality at FSR

Published Sep. 19, 2014

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.

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Making Our Voices Heard on ‘The Hill’

Published Sep. 18, 2014

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.

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The event was open to Farm Bureau members of all backgrounds who wanted a better understanding of food production.

A closer connection to food

Published Sep. 17, 2014

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.

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American Farm Bureau's Julie Ann Potts and Bob Stallman stopped by the Town Hall Ohio studio during a recent visit to Oh

American Farm Bureau leaders visit Ohio

Published Sep. 17, 2014

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.

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Nationwide News: Metal theft prevention for home and business

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Metal theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.

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Farm Bureau members heard from experts on wide-ranging issues as they considered county Farm Bureau policy proposals.

From the county on up

Published Sep. 17, 2014

State policy development committee ready to examine county policy recommendations

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AFBF keeps pressure on EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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News and Notes Sept. 18, 2014

Published Sep. 17, 2014

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

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Many farmers are exploring cover crops as a way to build soil and reduce nutrient runoff.

Common questions about water issues

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more

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Eleven ways farmers are working to protect water

Published Sep. 17, 2014

What steps have Ohio Farm Bureau, other ag groups and Ohio farmers taken to address water quality issues?

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More than 350 farmers and others attend the Sept. 12 training program in Archbold.

Ohio Farm Bureau to make $1 million investment in water quality action plan

Published Sep. 12, 2014

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).

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Farmers can now enroll in new dairy Margin Protection Program

Published Sep. 10, 2014

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.

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House passes bill against EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 10, 2014

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."

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OFBF Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER trip to D.C.

Published Sep. 8, 2014

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.

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OFBF continues to focus on water issues

Published Aug. 29, 2014

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.

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Farmers, ranchers and ag professionals gathered in Austin for AgChat's Cultivate and Connect Conference.

Four things you need to know from the 2014 AgChat Conference

Published Aug. 28, 2014

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.

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Kristy Watters describers her experience at AgriPOWER Class VI session two in her blog.

Connecting and network developing

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Day one of AgriPOWER VI session two was a crash course in how to get your message out and be heard. Dan Toland from Wilt PR and Callie Wells from Ohio Farm Bureau gave overviews of social and visual media while Melanie Wilt from Wilt PR and Joe Cornely from Ohio Farm Bureau presented on structuring the message and making it digestible for the masses. We all know that what we say is important, but how you say it may be even more so if you want to be heard. The group ended the day with a delicious meal and tour of Troutman Vineyards just minutes from Wooster.

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