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Perdue would bring a broad agricultural background to the Trump Cabinet

Leading into his presidential inauguration last week, Donald Trump announced that Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, was his last Cabinet nomination — Secretary of Agriculture. Many in agriculture applauded the choice. The National Pork Producers Council agreed that Perdue is “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers.” Perdue is a veterinarian, served as governor [...]

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Employers must use new 1-9 form

As of Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use a new version of Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification of new hires. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised Form I-9 last November and gave employers a short grace period for making the conversion to the new form, dated 11/14/16. The new form is available [...]

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The Trump Administration moving forward for ag

President-elect Trump is being sworn in as the next President. In the weeks since his election we have heard lots of posturing and speculation about what his Administration will undertake. It is important to realize we are now in a new era of what the media’s role will be in coming years. We have seen [...]

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Perdue to serve as Ag Secretary

Leading into his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump announced that Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, was the selection for the last remaining cabinet position — Secretary of Agriculture. Many in agriculture applauded the choice. “The nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture is welcome news to the nation’s farmers and ranchers. [...]

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Goose matters

To biologists and Ohio waterfowl hunters, Canada geese are an outstanding conservation success story. Once extirpated from the state as a breeding species, Ohio now supports a healthy, growing population. However, to a landowner they can be viewed as nuisances that create conflict — and a major mess. If you are among those with concerns and [...]

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Ag leadership, advocacy training program seeks applicants

The leadership and advocacy development program AgriPOWER is now accepting applications for participation. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Class IX will include 20 individuals who are committed to improving their understanding of important issues and are willing to develop skills to become effective advocates for the farm and food community. Applications are due April [...]

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USDA announces $252 million available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack invited potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up [...]

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The skunk rightfully commands respect in the rural landscape. Photo by ODNR Division of Wildlife.

The sauntering skunk

Exuding a potent musk that stifles the breath and curls the nose, the skunk does not rank high on most people’s favorite animal list. This animal lacks fanfare. Beyond the lovable “Flower” in Disney’s Bambi, or the laughable Looney Toons caricature Pepè le Pew, the skunk rarely graces the silver screen. Nobody wants to be [...]

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Collaboration working to improve butterfly habitat

The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Populations of monarchs, a pollinator species cherished across North America, have declined significantly during the past two decades. This [...]

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OFBF president Frank Burkett III and Adam Sharp, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, hold the New Horizon Award. Photo by OFBF.

Ohio had a strong presence at AFBF Annual Convention

Ohio had a noteworthy presence at the 2017 AFBF Annual Convention in Phoenix last week in terms people, policy and recognition. “There is a lot of creativity, talent and trying new things from Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Our counties seem to be trying new and innovative ways to interact with the broader public. Having strong [...]

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