Policy & Politics

Agricultural labor and immigration reform

Published Apr. 24, 2013

OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher sent the following letter to the members of the Ohio delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives to outline the growing labor and immigration concern in agriculture.

Comments on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Published Sep. 28, 2012

While drought has had harsh impact, we don't believe a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard would provide meaningful relief to livestock producers. Steps to alleviate feed-related concerns (relaxing restrictions on haying & grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres) provide a better solution.

Comments regarding regulating greenhouse gases

Published Nov. 25, 2008

Filed November 25, 2008. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gases under the Federal Clean Air Act.

Comments submitted on Apr. 14, 2008 regarding H-2A

Published Apr. 18, 2008

RE: proposed rule - temporary agricultural employment of H-2A aliens. Letter submitted jointly by Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association & Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Comments submitted on Apr. 7, 2008 regarding NPDES

Published Apr. 11, 2008

RE: Supplemental notice of proposed rule making - Revised NPDES regulations for Concentrated Feeding Operations.

Comments submitted on Dec. 15, 2008 regarding the transfer of NPDES program

Published Dec. 19, 2008

Ohio requested US EPA approve a revision to the Ohio NPDES program to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations in Ohio.

Comments submitted on Jan. 3, 2008 regarding Hypoxia

Published Jan. 7, 2008

Comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the draft 2008 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Action Plan

Comments submitted on Mar. 27, 2008 regarding Animal Waste

Published Mar. 31, 2008

Comments sent to U.S. EPA. OFBF believes air emissions from animal waste on farms should be exempt from reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Recovery Act of 1980 (CERCLA) & the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Comments submitted on Oct. 23, 2008 regarding Methyl Bromide

Published Oct. 23, 2008

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association members produce virtually every kind of agricultural commodity including strawberries. As a result, these organizations are interested in the U.S. EPA re-registration eligibility decision regarding methyl bromide and chloropicrin. Many of the proposals would be very cumbersome, expensive and impossible for small scale strawberry producers to meet. Many Ohio strawberry producers have simply stated they would have to stop producing strawberries if required to meet all the new practices outlined in this proposal. To this regard, we request that Agency consider flexible requirements for growers of different scale, economic ability and production location.

Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.