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Information about prevent plant acres, cover crops
The unprecedented lack of corn and soybean planting this spring has many farmers wondering just how they can utilize their prevent plant acres. Get answers about what you can and can’t do regarding planting corn, soybean and wheat seed on hand. Additionally, farmers who are struggling to make decisions about prevent plant, controlling weeds and potential cover crops should watch this recap of an informative discussion on those topics in Ada last week.
New cover crop funding available for flooded farmland
With the lagging planting season across Ohio, many fields that should be filled with lush green corn and soybeans are instead brown and overtaken by weeds. Technical and financial assistance is now available to producers who were unable to plant their crops due to flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop. OFBF Director of Media Relations Ty Higgins gets all of the detailsfrom State Conservationist Terry Cosby in this Ohio Farm Bureau podcast.
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.
SCOTUS rules in eminent domain case
Protecting landowners from punitive state eminent domain laws was the goal of the legal brief Ohio Farm Bureau submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States last year. The highest court in the land has ruled on the case. Find out the verdict on this episode of Legal with Leah.
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. Currently, $500 Conquest Cash is also available for a limited time (must meet qualifications). In addition, through Sept. 30, any OFBF member affected by the recent tornadoes in western Ohio is eligible for Ford’s A-Planpricing plus the additional $500 Bonus Cash and Conquest Cash. Check with a Ford dealer for details and qualifications.
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
- Clippers Family Days, Columbus, July 14, 28, Aug. 11 and 25
- Tulip River Cruise Informational Meetings, North Royalton July 11 and Dublin July 17
- Ohio Sheep and Hay Day, Jackson, July 13
- Member Appreciation Weekend at Cedar Point, July 13-14
- Land and Living Exhibit at Ohio State Fair, Columbus, July 24-Aug. 4
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.
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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