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Budget passed, hemp closer to reality for Ohio farmers | Ohio Farm Bureau news update | 7/24/19

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Current News

Budget (finally) passed with money directed toward agriculture

The state’s main operating budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine’s after being passed by the Ohio Legislature July 17, two and a half weeks later than its June 30 deadline. Several provisions are of interest to our members, including items about taxes and water quality.

Hemp one step closer to a reality for Ohio farmers

Growing hemp in Ohio got a big push from the state legislature July 17 as the General Assembly sent Senate Bill 57 to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for his signature. SB 57 creates a hemp cultivator license as well as a hemp processing license program to be administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

OSU CFAES offers resources for farmers 

There is no doubt that every farmer and even those in the larger agriculture community is feeling the stress of year-over-year falling crop prices, trade standoffs and a soggy spring. Farmers and their families can find information about all aspects of this challenging planting season, from dealing with financial impacts to mental stress, here in these resources compiled by Ohio State University.

Redesigned Land & Living exhibit greets visitors at state fair

One of this year’s ‘must see’ attractions at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4, will be the newly redesigned, highly interactive Land and Living exhibit featuring agriculture education activities the whole family can enjoy. Visitors to the Nationwide Donahey Land & Living Building will get in-depth, hands-on lessons about farming, food and high-tech agriculture.

Deadline extended to July 22 for spring seeded crops in Ohio

USDA has extended the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture, including Ohio. July 22 is the new deadline for reporting spring-seeded crops to Farm Service Agency county offices and crop insurance agents.

Enroll for Dairy Margin Payments through Sept. 20

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to farmers who purchased coverage. Producers can still enroll through Sept. 20.

OFBF establishes legal aid fund

While many of our members are most familiar with our legislative advocacy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation also frequently engages in legal advocacy on behalf of its members. Many members have asked how they could contribute to these legal actions over the years. Contributions will assist Farm Bureau in continuing these and other legal advocacy activities in the future.

Ag-LINK program re-opened after spring season

The Ag-LINK program, offered by the office of Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague, has reopened for Ohio farmers impacted by spring rains. Farm operators and agribusiness owners based in the Buckeye state can receive a 2% interest rate reduction on loans up to $150,000 through the program. The application period runs through Nov. 15.

Farm Bureau member rates at Ohio lodges

In celebration of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th year anniversary, for the entire 2019 season, Farm Bureau members can receive a special anniversary rate of $100 per night at participating Great Ohio Lodges. Blackout dates may apply.

2019 Young Ag Professionals award applications due Aug. 9

Ohio Farm Bureau is looking for young farmers and agricultural professionals who have a strong business sense and have been active in Farm Bureau and their communities to apply for the annual Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture contests.

 OFBF podcasts available on iTunes, Google Play

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

Statewide Events


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.

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.

Growing Our Generation is an e-newsletter authored by young farmers. It is for anyone who is interested in what is on the minds of farming’s next generation. Subscribe

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.

Learn more about OFBF’s membership categories. Know a young person in agriculture age 18 to 24? Invite him or her to become a Young Active Member.

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