Teens from 4-H, FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau came together at the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to answer the question, “My community would be better if…” In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel discusses learning from the Capital Challenge why teens should be engaged in solving problems and improving their communities.
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Recently, we asked where we should invest in agricultural education. Here's what you told us.
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel recently shared friendraising ideas he learned to engage fairgoers at the Ohio State Fair. In this blog he shares how making some last-minute improvements allowed our guests have a much better experience.
More and more young people are pursuing higher education degrees in agriculture. In turn, our industry is reaping the benefits of a workforce with diverse experience, higher levels of technological expertise and hands-on experience that will help us tackle agriculture’s next set of challenges. In this blog, OFBF Director of State Policy Brandon Kern discusses several programs preparing the next generation.
While Congress and the Ohio General Assembly have both been on “break” over the last few weeks, Farm Bureau policy advocacy has been in full swing. Ohio Farm Bureau members have been busy attending town hall meetings, farm tours and discussions with their elected officials, sharing their personal farm stories and how policy is impacting them.
If you're a regular listener to the radio show Town Hall Ohio, you know show host Joe Cornely has fun matching the show's topics to songs that fit the theme. Joe is a music buff and supplied us with his list of favorite show topics and songs that fit nicely together. Who knew there was a song about bio products made from soybeans?
The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period to Nov. 15 for the produce safety rule and the preventive controls for human food rule which implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Ohio Farm Bureau is in the process of drafting comments and is interested in members’ concerns regarding these proposed rules.
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel shares four takeaways from his experience being a part of the team charged to do something different with the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair this year.
Engaging young people in democracy was the goal of the first ever Ohio Youth Capital Challenge.
With Congress on recess for the summer, here’s a brief look at where we stand on three key issues.
Butler County Farm Bureau helped coordinate a subcommittee meeting of the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at the Butler County Fair July 24.
Ohio House Minority Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard recently sat down for a conversation on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Town Hall Ohio to share her perspectives on taxes, the economy and other issues impacting the state.
Farm Bureau members in eastern Ohio along with public officials and water quality advocates recently traveled to Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie to learn about water quality issues as well as research that could help farmers provide solutions.
The definition of agricultural education can be very broad, which makes it difficult to decide where to focus resources. A significant challenge that needs to be addressed is what responsibility Farm Bureau has on this issue and where should we engage.
In the July/August edition of Our Ohio magazine, we asked consumers to give us their thoughts on new Food and Drug Administration produce rules intended to improve safety. In the end, more than 150 people filled out our survey and many submitted additional comments describing their concerns.
The purchase includes five IDEAg branded farm shows – Minnesota Farmfest, Dakotafest, Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Northern Illinois Farm Show and the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference. The business also publishes Feed & Grain Magazine and Case IH’s Farm Forum magazine.
Before exposing your farm to the public, consider the need for increased protection.
Dr. Larry Antosch summarizes SB 150, regarding nutrient management that has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.
Director of Leadership Development, Chip Nelson, discusses his recent experience working with a group of leaders at Ohio Farm Bureau's new presidents training.
The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected 11 projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2013 fiscal year.
Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of legal education, explains why Farm Bureau is supporting an Ohio Supreme Court case pursued by a member who suffered significant losses after a county drainage project caused his tomato field to flood.
Ohio farmers are invited to learn more about animal welfare, consumer concerns and building trust in agriculture during the Ohio Livestock Coalition's industry symposium and annual meeting Sept. 6.
Eleven stops, 120 ATVs and 280 people were the makings of one great tour. Muskingum County Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently partnered to put on an ATV conservation tour. Watch this video to see photos and hear about the tour.
We all have a role in protecting Ohio’s valuable and plentiful water resources. Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to view a new e-Learning tool to help them apply practices to reduce Harmful Algal Blooms.
Ohio Farm Bureau recently held an online food preservation meeting discussing freezing and water bath techniques. Watch the recording of this meeting and bulk up your food preservation IQ.
Summertime is fun time for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Check out what fun things Farm Bureau is up to and things you can do in your neck of the woods in this month’s County Farm Bureau Roundup.
Join us for a conversation about food production, farming technologies and protecting the environment. We invite you to join a discussion let bay a panel of experts, farmers and thought leaders for a dynamic conversation about the future of food.
Auglaize County Farm Bureau's Movie on the Farm event was full of fun activities, and opportunities for conversations about Farm Bureau and agriculture. Organization Director Jill Smith shares her experience and thoughts about the event in this blog post.
We get a lot of calls into the office about whether a farm needs a spill plan – the official title is Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures – and honestly, it is a bit of a maze to determine but the experts at U.S. EPA who walked us through it on the webinar made the process manageable.
A local Farm Bureau Community council is taking it upon itself to launch a program bringing local chefs to a local farmers market to showcase how to prepare fresh foods.
As the peak season approaches for harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie, Ohio agriculture will continue to be in the public spotlight for its impact on water quality.
Protecting farmers’ and ranchers’ right to privacy is a top priority, said the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process gives all active members an equal say in directing the organization. While you’re encouraged to bring up any issues important to you, here are a few current policy issues for you to consider.
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau took the idea of hosting a barbecue burnoff and turned it into an event that pulled together the community, raised money for a local hospice and promoted Farm Bureau, Nationwide and OSU Extension.
Hancock County Farm Bureau has purchased 75 Caution--Farm Machinery signs to put up on county and township roads.
Battelle offers a wide array of school improvement services to educators nationwide.
Nationwide Insurance has compiled five years of RV claims data that show tire problems and roof damage are two of the leading issues its customers face.
Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio commodity organizations recently sponsored “A Tribute To E. Gordon Gee” with the members of the Ohio General Assembly in recognition of his contributions to the state and Ohio agriculture.
Ross County Farm Bureau's progressive farm tour dinner shows how Farm Bureau is uniquely positioned to bring the "agri-curious" into contact with their farmer neighbors to answer questions, build community and have some fun. Pat Petzel shares her take in this blog post.
Farmer input is needed on a recently announced approach to tax reform in the U.S. Senate, and Farm Bureau members have been asked to contact their representatives and senators to voice opinions about what should and shouldn't be part of a rewritten tax code.
Eminent domain, oil and gas leasing, open burning and all purpose vehicle use are just some of the topics covered in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Legal Information Series brochures, which are being redesigned and made available electronically, for Ohio Farm Bureau members only.
Follow the adventures of Ohio Farm Bureau's interns as the prepare for, manage and clean up from the Land & Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.
Discover agriculture at Ohio Farm Bureau's Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4.
The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2642, the farm portion of the farm bill by a vote of 216-208. The bill removes the nutrition title, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but leaves all other provisions intact.
Last week, the Obama administration announced a one-year delay of the mandate requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance to their full-time workers by the start of 2014.
Landowners often have competing concerns in regard to man’s best friend. Most farms are home to one or more dogs that serve as both pet and employee. However, landowners also are acutely aware of the threat other trespassing dogs may pose to their livestock.
Farmers are committed to accepting responsibility and acting responsibly regarding managing nutrients to enhance water quality. Use this page to keep track of what people are saying and doing about the issue.
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Leadership Development Chip Nelson says he's very fortunate to have a career allowing him to meet individuals who are outstanding leaders. The interesting part, however, is they may not see themselves as outstanding leaders. Chip shares more in this post.
This past weekend the Ohio Farm Bureau put on a summer tour for the Young Ag Professionals. This event intrigued me because they had many tour options and I felt it would be a great way to network with other members of Farm Bureau as well as learn about some great places within the state.
Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act with a vote of 68 to 32. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly supported the bill, including the agricultural provisions which were the result of a compromise agreement with the United Farmworkers Union.