Ohio Farm Bureau News and Benefits
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The signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by President Donald Trump increases hopes that 2020 will begin a stronger decade for America’s farmers. President Trump’s signature was the final step in enacting the agreement in the United States. Mexico approved the USMCA last year. Canada must still ratify the pact, which is expected to occur in the next few months. The agreement will take effect 90 days after all countries have approved it.
Extreme weather, trade tensions, declining prices, lack of access to health care and urban sprawl. To get a better handle on how Ohio farm families are adapting to these challenges, researchers at The Ohio State University are asking farmers to share their experiences through a new statewide survey. The survey asks farmers not only about their farm businesses, but also about how farming trends are affecting the well-being of their households and communities.
Bart Johnson discusses the Paylean issue county fairs are currently facing with Dr. Todd Price of North Central Vet Services in Upper Sandusky. Dr. Price brings a unique perspective as a commercial hog producer, a club pig producer and a veterinarian.
The time change comes twice a year, like clockwork — one hour ahead in the spring and one hour back in the fall. It is a painstaking task that, if forgotten, can make someone way late for church or way early to ball practice. But just why does daylight saving time exist and it is still necessary? Leah Curtis, policy counsel with Ohio Farm Bureau, explains.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 13th “Book of the Year” award to Peggy Thomas for “Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car.” The book describes Henry Ford’s drive to incorporate soybeans into every part of his life to help support American farmers after the Great Depression.
Upcoming events and reminders
Feb. 6 Tri-State Green Industry Conference, Cincinnati
Feb. 11 and 12 Ohio Pork Congress, Columbus
Feb. 13-15 OEFFA 41st Annual Conference, Dayton
Feb. 17 Hemp Production and Marketing Opportunities Workshop, Columbus
March 14 Farm Bureau Night at the Blue Jackets. Enjoy special ticket pricing and the first 300 people to purchase a ticket receive a limited edition, co-branded OFBF/CBJ winter hat.
County Farm Bureaus will be kicking off their membership campaigns beginning in January. Check county Farm Bureau websites for details.
Join the Ohio Farm Bureau Member Benefits Insider group page on Facebook for a first look at the latest, members-only benefits available.
Ohio Farm Bureau and Wright & Moore collaborated to produce the Livestock Farm Labor and Crisis Prevention Guide. This comprehensive handbook is a resource outlining protective employment practices, legal compliance measures and crisis preparedness methods.
Did you know Ohio Farm Bureau is active on LinkedIn? It’s just one more way to connect with your Farm Bureau.
Ohio Farm Bureau has established the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program. The program will assist members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and determining the best ways to manage their energy resources.
Farm Bureau has developed a set of steps landowners can take to address concerns about drainage and soil remediation caused by pipeline installation.
One of the greatest challenges for many small businesses and sole proprietors is filling the need for health care for themselves and their employees. The Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan is available to qualified participants.
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