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Gov. Mike DeWine has formally asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster declaration following a devastatingly wet spring. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly encourages farmers who have had difficulty planting their 2019 crops to share their situation with the county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. The information provided will assist them in determining if a Disaster Declaration request would be applicable for that county.
Cover crop fields under prevent plant can be used in September
In an attempt to alleviate forage concerns due to the extremely wet spring, farmers who plant cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than this year than the normal Nov. 1 date. Ty Higgins has more info and for full details visit USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s website.
It was a confusing planting season even before the rains made #noplant19 the hottest hashtag north of I-70 and beyond. In late May, USDA announced a new Market Facilitation Program for 2019. That announcement, coupled with a decision about whether or not to plant a crop at all, led to a lot of questions for farmers. USDA released some of the answers to those questions in June.
Livestock farm labor guide is available
Ensuring those employed on the farm have the best interests of the operation at heart is paramount when going through the hiring process. To help employers achieve that goal, Ohio Farm Bureau collaborated with Wright & Moore a few years ago to put together a comprehensive Livestock Farm Labor and Crisis Prevention Guide.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced a second sign-up period for programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299 – the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program and the Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program. The sign-up period began June 17.
Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to helping protect your financial independence and is working with our No. 1 partner Nationwide to deliver a series of valuable online learning sessions designed to help you plan for retirement. The last seminar in the series is June 25 at 2 p.m.
Farmers are facing uncertainty. Challenges with wet weather have all but halted planting efforts. It is critical now more than ever for Ohio to have the resources necessary to implement solutions involving all nutrient contributors. Urge your legislators to support farmers through H2Ohio funding and the Business Income Deduction by keeping them in the proposed state budget.
Enter the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes today
Have you entered the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes? Grand prize is a two-year lease on a Ford vehicle. Ford is Ohio Farm Bureau’s automotive partner. OFBF members can always receive $500 Bonus Cash toward the purchase or lease of an eligible Ford vehicle, and $750 Bonus Cash toward the purchase of an eligible Lincoln vehicle. Coming July 1 that amount increases with $500 Conquest Cash for a limited time.
Ohio Farm Bureau produces regular audio content that is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. Listen to Town Hall Ohio, Legal with Leah, Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer podcasts and more.
Upcoming events and reminders
- ExploreAg Camps, Columbus, Wooster and Wilberforce
- Member Appreciation Weekend at Kings Island, June 29-30
- Clippers Family Days, Columbus, July 7, 14, 28, Aug. 11 and 25
- Ohio Sheep and Hay Day, Jackson, July 13
- Member Appreciation Weekend at Cedar Point, July 14-15
Check your county web page for a list of events happening in your area.
Ohio Farm Bureau is proudly supporting the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show July 30 in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center at the Ohio State Fair. OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp joins other local celebrities in the competition with one common goal of supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
The Columbus Clippers will be introducing Ohio’s Farm Team on Sundays all summer long at Huntington Park. There is a ticket discount for members as well to Ohio’s Farm Team days.
Join the Ohio Farm Bureau Member Benefits Insider group page on Facebook for a first look at the latest, members-only benefits available.
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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