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New group offers enhanced food industry engagement

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), with assistance from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, has created an initiative designed to support the aspirations of food small business owners who are trying to take their businesses to the next level.

CIFT’s Small Business Mentoring Group (SBMG) is for businesses that are making a product in an Ohio Department of Agriculture licensed facility with less than $1 million in sales. The aim is to provide unique insights and enhance the development of value-added food products in Ohio.

“We are excited to partner with CIFT to deliver a truly unique member value opportunity. This group, with CIFT’s leadership, will help our members gain business insights and networking to help them grow and be more successful,” said Tim Hicks, Ohio Farm Bureau business development field director. “We appreciate strategic partners like CIFT. In furthering our mission to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities, this collaboration will strengthen Ohio’s food community in ways that each organization independently would be challenged to achieve.”

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Ohio Farm Bureau Presents: Discover Canyon Country

September 2–9 2020, All day

Ohio Farm Bureau Presents: Discover Canyon Country Sept. 2, 2020 through  Sept. 9, 2020. Explore the most famous canyons of the American West on a journey featuring three national parks.


Scottsdale • Oak Creek Canyon • Kaibab National Forest • Grand Canyon • Lake Powell • Bryce Canyon National Park Zion • National Park • Las Vegas

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The overall activity level of this tour is a level 1. This trip is for leisurely travelers who like to discover the energy of a new place, but typically take it easy. Travelers should be able to handle at least one flight of stairs, board a coach and walk for 15-30 minutes at a time with little difficulty.

Per person rates. Book by March 2, 2020:

Double $3,099 ~ Single $3,999 ~ Triple $3,049

Included in price:

Round-trip air from Columbus International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, motor coach transportation, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (porterage), select meals (six breakfasts and four dinners), admission to attractions as outlined in itinerary, and gratuities for bellmen, door attendants and wait staff.

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101st Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

December 4–5


Hyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center
350 North High Street,
Columbus, OH. 43215

“Embracing a New Century” is the theme of the 101st Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting as Ohio Farm Bureau wraps up its centennial year and looks ahead to the next 100 years.

During the two-day event, delegates to the meeting will ratify the official policy positions for 2020 and will elect members of the state board of trustees. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture winners, and recognition will be given to county Farm Bureaus, volunteers who excelled in the membership campaign and to Distinguished Service and Ezra C. Anstaett recipients. The semi-finals of the Discussion Meet also will take place.

Also happening during the annual meeting is Foundation Night Out Dec. 4. It is an exclusive reception featuring drinks, desserts, entertainment and networking. This year’s theme is a night at the races.

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Enrollment period open for 2020 programs

Safety Net Program Payments for 2018 Have Started

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2019 – Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion for covered commodities for which payments were triggered under such programs.

“These two programs provide income support to help producers manage the ups and downs in revenues and prices,” said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “USDA is here to support the economic stability of American agricultural producers by helping them maintain their competitive edge in times of economic stress. We encourage producers to consider enrolling in one of these programs.”

ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guaranteed level.

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Blanchard River Demonstration Farms video series

The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network project is a five-year initiative, showcasing and demonstrating conservation practices that will help improve agriculture’s impact on downstream water quality. This video series highlights the efforts being made on three northwest Ohio farms to learn about nutrient management and the many ways Ohio farmers can keep nutrients in the fields and out of the water.

Video #1 – Introduction for the Issues with Water Quality

The formation of harmful algal blooms has been an issue for years and not just for the state of Ohio, but globally. What causes these algal blooms and what are their impact?

Video #2 – Introduction to the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Project

Ohio’s agriculture sector is committed to finding workable solutions to Ohio’s water quality challenges. The Demonstration Farms incorporate some of the many efforts being taken by Ohio farmers. Project Manager Aaron Heilers describes what types of farms are part of the project and the conservation practices they are implementing to keep nutrients in the field and out of the water.

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Nationwide presents long-term care planning webinars


Nationwide, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau, is excited to offer a series of educational webinars designed to help members better plan for and live in retirement. Farm Bureau members have access to interactive, educational online financial workshops from Nationwide.

Did you know that seven in 10 Americans need some form of long-term care assistance during their lifetimes? What can you expect and how will you pay for it? Learn more from Nationwide about how, as a farmer or rancher, to better estimate long-term care expenses in your community and begin building a plan to fund it.

There is no cost to attend.

Long-term care webinar dates

Nov. 12

Dec. 10

Dec. 17


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Hiring taking place for 2020 Census


The U.S. Census Bureau has launched a national recruitment effort to hire approximately 500,000 temporary workers to help conduct the 2020 Census. Nearly 4,000 local recruiting events are scheduled to take place this week in communities across the nation.

“We need people to apply now so they can be considered for part-time census taker positions next spring,” said Timothy Olson, Census Bureau associate director for Field Operations. “Recent high school graduates, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and applicants who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. It’s important we hire people in every community in order to have a complete and accurate census.”

It also is important that every person in rural communities is counted. Census takers will be hired to work in their communities and go door to door to collect responses from those who do not respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.

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Legal with Leah: What a good lease should look like

Get it in writing is good advice, especially when it comes to leasing land. In this episode of Legal with Leah, Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis explains why and what a good lease should look like.

Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.


Joe Cornely: In today’s world, I think it’s sound advice that no matter what the deal is — get it in writing. But as we also know, traditionally in agriculture, it doesn’t always work that way and might be a bit problematic. Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis is with us today. If I want to rent the neighbor’s land, we usually shake hands, agree to a price and then move on and maybe not such a good idea anymore.

Leah Curtis: We know that that is how most farm leases happen.

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LaQuinta hotels added to OFBF Member Benefits

Whether you are looking for an upscale hotel, an all-inclusive resort or something more cost effective, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has the right hotel for you! As an Ohio Farm Bureau member, you will save up to 20 percent off the “Best Available Rate” at over 8,000 participating hotels worldwide.

Discover the benefits of booking your vacation with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Our vast portfolio of hotels and resorts offer a variety of accommodations to meet your travel needs. Wherever people go, Wyndham will be there to welcome them.

LaQuinta now added to the Wyndham hotel lineup!

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USDA: Farmers to receive automatic prevented planting ‘top-up’ payments

Approved Insurance Providers to Issue Payments Starting Mid-October

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that producers currently participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment. Producers will receive the payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting in mid-October.

Producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion will receive a 10 percent top-up payment on their indemnity, while producers with Revenue Protection Harvest Price Option will receive 15 percent. They do not need to sign up to receive payments; all producers with a 2019 prevented planting indemnity will receive the top-up.

“It was a challenging planting season for many of our farmers,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We are doing everything we can to ensure producers receive the help they need.

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AFBF Proposes changes to milk program

Clements: Proposed changes to the Federal Milk Marketing Order by the American Farm Bureau Federation could mean more democracy and a more equitable program for all dairy farmers. John Newton, AFBF Chief Economist, says the working group of Farm Bureau members identified four priorities.

Newton: All dairy farmers should have a voice and a vote on changes to milk pricing regulation, and that deals directly with the ability of co-ops to bloc vote. Farmers on the working group wanted to see improved risk sharing among farmers, cooperatives and their processors. The working group recommended improved price discovery for milk prices. And finally, some provisions to streamline and simplify the pricing and pooling provisions in the southeast U.S.

Clements: Newton says several years of low milk prices prompted the effort.

Newton: The voting delegates in January asked us to convene this working group following several years of low milk prices and some struggles in the marketing chain for dairy products.

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Governor Mike DeWine on Town Hall Ohio

Mike DeWine is the 70th governor of the state of Ohio. With 11.5 million constituents, he’s the CEO of a state that’s as diverse as they come. From cornbelt flatlands to appalachian foothills, cities to rural crossroads, an electorate often described as purple, and a mix of economic and social opportunities and challenges. Today, he made time to visit with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Adam Sharp and all of you. Governor Mike DeWine, our very special guest, on Town Hall Ohio.

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Legal with Leah: SMV, SIS sign usage

With farm equipment on rural roads this fall, farmers should be sure their Slow Moving Vehicle and Speed Identification Symbol signs are properly displayed.  Just as important, motorists should know what those signs mean. Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis talks with Joe Cornely about how these signs contribute to road safety.

Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.


Joe Cornely: One of the most iconic signs driving down a back road of Ohio is coming up on the back of a piece of equipment in that bright orange multicolored actually triangle that’s on the back — the slow moving vehicle sign. There’s some other signs… SIS signs. That’s what we’re talking about today with Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis. Let’s just first of all start with a very basic description: The purpose of the SMV and the SIS sign.

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Ohio county Farm Bureau efforts win national recognition

Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus won eight of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards presented by the American Farm Bureau.

The awards celebrate unique, local, volunteer-driven programming and serve as models of innovation for local program development. The winning counties receive a grant to fund participation in the Farm Bureau CAE Showcase at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Austin, Texas in January. AFBF received more than 100 entries across all membership categories.

“For Ohio to lead the way again with CAE winners speaks to the hard work and commitment of our county Farm Bureaus,” said Paul Lyons, vice president of membership for Ohio Farm Bureau. “These award-winning local community efforts being recognized on a national level is quite an accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud of our 12 county winners.”

Ohio winners:

Ashland, Wayne, Medina, Holmes: Safe Farms Facility

Current agricultural safety training sites in the state are limited due to inclement weather, size restrictions and high demand.

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President Trump signs Japan trade deal

President Trump today signed the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which is an important step forward with U.S. agriculture’s fourth-largest export market. The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“Today’s signing marks the successful end to more than a year of negotiation between Japan and the United States. This agreement means sharply lower tariffs on our farm and ranch exports with the promise of more to come. And while we aren’t yet finished opening this market, the conclusion of these talks means we can now trade with Japan with the same advantages enjoyed by signers of the CP-TPP trade agreement. That’s great news.

“We hope the momentum from this win carries through to the negotiations with China this week and sets the stage for similar bilateral agreements with other countries involved with the CP-TPP. We appreciate this Administration’s efforts to improve trade opportunities for farmers.”



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Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast Directory

Ohio Farm Bureau produces regular audio content that is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

Town Hall OhioTown Hall Ohio is a weekly public affairs radio program. The hour-long broadcast elevates important issues such as private property rights, food safety, wildlife, education, science and technology, business challenges, government and politics. High profile guests from government, industry, academia and other arenas are regular guests on the program.

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Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discusses topics impacting farmers and landowners such as property rights, taxes and other legal and regulatory issues.
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Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer hosts conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.
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Rosette logoHear from Ohio Farm Bureau staff experts on a range of topics impacting Ohio farmers and landowners.
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Ohio’s top conservation farmers honored

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today recognized five families as winners of the 2019 Conservation Farm Family Awards at the Farm Science Review in London. Ohio Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the awards.

“It is one thing to talk about the importance of conservation on the farm, but it is quite another to practice it every day like these award-winning families,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda. “I am proud of each of them for being good neighbors, handling the land with care, and helping to responsibly keep food and agriculture a top-ranking industry in Ohio.”

The five families honored were: Kurt Farms of Hardin County; Rick and Janice Brill of Lorain County; Doug and Beth McConnell of Muskingum County; Timothy and Lynn Miller of Logan County; and Fred and Kristy Walters of Hocking County.

“Each of the five farm families we recognized operates in a different area of Ohio, with differing acreages, soils, and topography,” said Kirk Hines, chief of the department’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation.… Continue reading

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Former OFBF Executive Vice President Bill Swank dies at 88

C. William Swank, who served as Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president from 1968-1996, died Sept. 21, 2019. Swank helped Ohio Farm Bureau grow into the advocacy organization it is today, all the while keeping the economic and social well being of farm families top of mind.

Among the most important legislative accomplishments that occurred during his tenure were the establishment of Current Agriculture Use Value (CAUV) program, the phase out of the personal property tax for agricultural production and in 1992 leading a coalition of business and industry groups against Issue 5, the chemical labeling law ballot initiative.

During his 40-year career, Swank received the Ohio State University Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame, to name just a few.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Swank earned his Bachelor of Science, master’s and doctorate from Ohio State University and was recognized by the university in many ways, including the establishment of an endowed chair in Rural\Urban Policy.… Continue reading

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U.S., Japan reach trade agreement

Trade negotiations between the United States and Japan have led to an early agreement in the areas of market access for certain agriculture and industrial goods.

According to the Trump administration, the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement will provide America’s farmers and ranchers enhanced market access in America’s third largest agricultural export market and will enable American producers to compete more effectively with countries that currently have preferential tariffs in the Japanese market.

“When I visited Japan in May for the G20, I made it clear that the U.S. is Japan’s best customer and we felt that relationship was not reciprocal. This agreement helps level the playing field,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for delivering on their promise to open markets around the world for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

Out of the $14.1 billion in U.S. food and agricultural products imported by Japan in 2018, $5.2 billion were already duty free.… Continue reading

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Horse virus could have an impact on Quarter Horse Congress

In an effort to protect horses and other livestock in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is not allowing the import of horses from counties within states with confirmed and suspected cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV). This restriction includes the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is scheduled to begin in Columbus Oct. 1.

“VSV has not been detected in Ohio and we are taking every precaution possible to keep it that way,” said ODA State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “With the All American Quarter Horse Congress coming, we thought it was important to restrict further movement to prevent the disease’s potential spread.”

VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects horses, but can also infect cattle, swine, sheep and goats. The disease causes blister-like lesions, which burst and leave open wounds. It is extremely painful to animals and can result in the inability to eat and drink and even lameness.… Continue reading

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