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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.
In this blog, one of the attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals Washington D.C. Leadership Experience discusses her experience on the trip and encourages other young people to get involved with Ohio Farm Bureau.
After meeting with a committee of Farm Bureau members tasked with analyzing the organization’s stance on policy issues, former Ohio tax commissioner Tom Zaino was impressed.
Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with NFIB on a number of issues in the past aimed at improving the business climate in the state.
Driving defensively is important for all drivers but is especially critical for farm machinery operators.
Five farmers, two rural residents receive awards.
Josh Knights discussed the work of The Nature Conservancy.
American Farm Bureau Federation is a supporting partner of a new website that seeks to help consumers find answers to questions about GMOs.
Our second e-learning unit on water quality/nutrient management is now available for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This unit will provide you with a better understanding of the methods for soil sampling, how the soil test results relate to crop fertility recommendations and the steps to take to develop a nutrient management plan.
Former Ohio Farm Bureau President and current state senator Bob Peterson shares more about a new website allowing you to track rules that may affect your farm, business or family.
In this blog, Dr. Leah C. Dorman, Ohio Farm Bureau director of food programs, discusses what she and other attendees of the Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting learned about sharing their story with empowered, informed and entitled customers.
Landowners in 23 counties with property enrolled in the current agricultural use valuation program (CAUV) will once again see an increase in CAUV values. Ohio Farm Bureau offers online meetings for members to share why.
All employers have a new deadline to meet under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You are required to inform employees about what – if any – health insurance you will provide them and the employee’s ability to purchase health insurance coverage through state or federally administered insurance exchanges. The deadline is Oct. 1.
At a time when all the world’s information can fit in your pocket, the rules for remaining relevant to your customers are quickly changing. Whether you’re using social media to agvocate or to try to do business, how do you rise above the noise?
Farm Science Review visitors are invited to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Friday Avenue and Beef Street to talk with fellow members and staff about current Farm Bureau programs and policy issues.
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.
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.