Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau news update area is provided by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Find more from Ohio Farm Bureau by visiting their website, www.ofbf.org.

ODA Ohio Working Lands funds still available

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.

Two programs have been a success so far this year, the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program and the Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program. ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda recently announced that there are funds remaining for a second round of program sign-ups, which began June 17.

The Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program encourages producers in the WLEB to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible cropland. The program promotes the conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. These buffers act as another line of defense to filter surface water while allowing participants to harvest forage from the established areas. During the first sign-up period, 4,075 acres were enrolled in the program.

The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program encourages producers in the WLEB to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats or cereal rye on eligible cropland.

Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio FSA requests disaster declarations

The latest crop progress numbers for Ohio show only half of the state’s corn planted and just over 30% of soybeans sowed. Although those figures lag behind every other corn and soybean growing state in the U.S., there are parts of Ohio that are well behind the state averages.

After meeting with farmers in the most impacted areas of the state and after collecting cropping data, gathering planting history and taking photos of the wide-ranging acres of unplanted fields, Ohio FSA has officially requested USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to make Disaster Declarations for Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties.

“This development speaks to how serious of a situation were are seeing with the lack of planting progress in northwest Ohio,” said Jack Irvin, senior director of state and national affairs with Ohio Farm Bureau. “Often Disaster Declarations aren’t even considered until harvest time to see just how the planting and growing season transpired.

Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio Farm Bureau News Update | June 26, 2019 | Ohio Working Lands Sign Up, disaster declarations and more

Welcome to this week’s news roundup from Ohio Farm Bureau. Click here for our front page news and information, sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

If you’re a member, thank you for your support. Be sure to take advantage of all of your member benefits, including the updated Ohio Landowner Toolkit.

If you’re not a member (or need to renew your membership), this is your invitation to joinLearn more about membership or contact your county Farm Bureau.

Current News

Ohio asks USDA for disaster declarations

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.… Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio legislators considering comprehensive energy bill

An energy bill currently making its way through the Ohio Legislature will impact Farm Bureau members.

House Bill 6 is a comprehensive energy bill that currently addresses many topics, but it would predominantly create the Ohio Clean Air Program offering price supports to in-state, utility-scale nuclear generation until Dec. 31, 2026. The new rider will be $1/month for residential customers through 2026. It will be $10/month in 2020 and $15/month from 2021-2026 for commercial customers. It is important to note ratepayers in an electric cooperative or municipal utility are not subject to the new rider.

Another major provision would allow electric utilities with shares in the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation to continue recovering costs through 2030 since the purpose of those coal plants was to support the uranium enrichment project in Piketon as a matter of national security.

There are other provisions that could potentially impact Ohio Farm Bureau members.

Continue reading

Read More »

AFBF call to reestablish trade with China

As tensions between the United States and China continue to increase, Farm Bureau has called for a “swift resolution” to the ongoing trade war between the two countries through a recent letter from American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall to President Trump.

America’s farmers need a swift resolution to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a letter to President Trump.

The six-year downturn in farm prices that has produced “near-unprecedented economic uncertainty and hardship” is worsening as a result of Chinese tariffs, he wrote. “U.S. farmers and ranchers now face a third wave of tariff increases by China in retaliation against the latest increase in U.S. tariffs that went into effect last Friday, May 10. The mere threat sent prices further downward for certain commodities last week.”

Bad weather this spring has only added to difficulties posed by trade challenges, as some farmers may opt not to plant a crop at all this year, Duvall told the President.… Continue reading

Read More »

New eLearning series focuses on farm safety

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cultivating Safe Farm Operations eLearning Safety Series is a new, interactive, engaging and accessible online education program developed for a broad audience of farmers, workers and on-farm youth to make real changes in their farm safety habits.

Vision Statement

Creating a culture of farm safety to eliminate incidents in Ohio’s agricultural community.

Program Overview

In partnership with Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science’s Ag Safety and Health Program, and Nationwide, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cultivating Safe Farm Operations eLearning safety series is an interactive online education program. Created with three initial modules, the series was developed to be engaging and accessible to a broad audience of farmers, part time, full time and youth farm workers.

Each of the three initial modules will take learners about 40 minutes to complete, and cover several basic agricultural risks. Each module integrates an assessment into the online platform to assure basic comprehension and help cultivate on-farm behavior modification.… Continue reading

Read More »

Springtime Tulip River Cruise Discovery

Ohio Farm Bureau presents its second group tour opportunity with Collette Tours, this time on a nine-day cruise featuring Dutch and Belgian waterways.

Trip highlights include Amsterdam and then a seven-night river cruise with stops at Volendam, Arnhem, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Kinderdijk Windmills and the Keukenhof Gardens.

The trip takes place April 21-29, 2020 and includes 20 meals, round trip airfare from Columbus, air taxes and fees/surcharges and hotel transfers.

Book now to save $500 per person.

For more information, contact John Marihugh at Ohio Farm Bureau or call 614-249-2400.


Continue reading

Read More »

Goals achieved in 2019 Ohio Farm Bureau membership campaign

The membership team of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and volunteers throughout the state set some lofty goals at the start of the 2019 membership campaign. After a full year of countless events, meetings, phone calls and contacts, those efforts culminated into goals being met and exceeded, as the final tally for farmer and ag professionals membership gain came in at 107.2%, year over year.

“These accomplishments would not be possible without the leadership of our county membership coordinators and the commitment of their dedicated teams of volunteers that invite their family, friends, neighbors and local businesses to join them as a member of our organization,” said Paul Lyons, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of membership. “Achieving these goals has even greater meaning, as we celebrate 100 years of doing the important work of our organization.”

An impressive 81 counties received the Milestone Award for achieving a gain in farmer and ag professional members, and 14 volunteers won the Murray Lincoln Award for signing up at least 50 new members to Ohio Farm Bureau.

Continue reading

Read More »

Contest winners’ products reaching broader audience

Sarah Steinbrunner isn’t a mom, but the 21-year-old Ohio State University senior is well aware that, for many children, the traditional lunch staple of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich isn’t an option. Too many kids these days have peanut allergies, some so serious that peanut products aren’t allowed anywhere near them.

Accepting the Signature Food Contest award for Beannut Butter in 2018 were, from left, Collin Crooks, a sophomore at Ohio State University and Banzo Foods bookkeeper; Taylor Crooks, company CEO and 2018 Ohio University graduate and Sarah Steinbrunner, a senior at OSU and the company’s Chief Science Officer. With them is Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp.

So she and her boyfriend, Taylor Crooks, 22, decided to develop a “butter” that tastes like peanuts but contains no nuts at all.

Their Beannut Butter (which is being rebranded with the name Yippea) was one of two products that judges picked in July as the 2018 winners of the Ohio Signature Food Contest, a statewide competition held annually by the Center for Innovative Food Technology and sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Continue reading

Read More »

‘Farm team’ takes the field in Columbus

What would a ballgame be without a hot dog and a cold brew?

During the 2019 baseball season the Cleveland Indians Triple A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, will be introducing Ohio’s Farm Team, honoring Ohio Farm Bureau members who produce those items that make a day at the ballpark, well, a day at the ballpark.

“We are proud to be partnering with the Ohio Farm Bureau as they celebrate their 100th anniversary,” said Ken Schnacke, president and general manager of the Columbus Clippers. “Without farming, this country would not be what it is today, and farmers play an instrumental part in our everyday lives by the products they grow and raise. Farmers in America are truly some of the real all-stars in our communities.”

Nine Farm Bureau members from all over Ohio and from all aspects of agriculture will represent the industry at Clippers’ Family Days at Sunday home games throughout the season.

Continue reading

Read More »

Webinar: Help ensure you qualify for Social Security benefits

As a farmer or rancher, did you know that you might not qualify for Social Security benefits in retirement? Do you know how to get your current Social Security statement of benefits?

Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to helping you protect your financial independence and is working with our No. 1 partner Nationwide to deliver a series of valuable learning sessions designed to help you plan for retirement.

During the Social Security, the Choice of a Lifetime webinar, Nationwide can show the simple steps to take to identify future projected Social Security benefits and help you create a filing strategy.

Register online for any one of three upcoming webinars:

4-5 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019
2-3 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019
4-5 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Please be advised, the Ohio Farm Bureau is not an affiliate of Nationwide.  Nationwide Retirement Institute will facilitate the educational events on retirement topics, such as Social Security benefits.
Continue reading

Read More »

Field Day with Jordan: Demonstration farms research findings

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Water Quality Research Jordan Hoewischer hosts Aaron Heilers for a discussion of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. Heilers is project manager for the network, which is a partnership between Farm Bureau and NRCS that showcases conservation practices and provides educational opportunities for the public, government officials and farmers to share what is being learned from the farms’ practices.

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.

Below are excerpts from the interview, and here is the transcript. Listen to the complete episode and past episodes via Soundcloud, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Google Play.

Jordan: So what are the objectives of the project? I mean obviously, you know, …we’re demonstrating there’s certain things on a farm.

Continue reading

Read More »

Deadline extended to certify 2018 crop production for MFP program

USDA extended the deadline to May 17, 2019 (from May 1) for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program, which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.

Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline. Note: The MFP application period closed Feb. 14, 2019. Producers have until May 17, 2019 to certify production.

Qualifying crops

The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.

Continue reading

Read More »

Michael Bailey named Ohio Farm Bureau vice president

Michael Bailey of Marysville has been named vice president, strategic partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this newly created position, he will develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others. He also will be responsible for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation; OFBF Development Corporation; member benefits and services; Young Agricultural Professionals, youth and leadership development programs and Farm Bureau events.  

Bailey has extensive experience in building productive relationships, creating partnerships and attaining shared goals and applied those skills in numerous senior administrative positions within state government.  At the Ohio Department of Agriculture, he served as deputy director, executive director of the Livestock Care Standards Board, senior program manager for the marketing division and executive director for the Office of Farmland Preservation. At the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, he was chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources and most recently chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft.  

Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio Farm Bureau joins Opioid Education Alliance

The opioid crisis is devastating countless communities across the state, as Ohioans are now more than two and a half times as likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident. In fact, Ohio ranks third in the nation for opioid overdose deaths with more than 5,000 Ohioans dying from overdose in 2017 alone.

Healthy, drug-free residents are important to a thriving community and economy, which is why Ohio Farm Bureau has joined the Opioid Education Alliance. The alliance, which is composed of more than 40 business, civic and government organizations, has a mission to spread opioid misuse prevention messages through its Denial, OH campaign. The Denial, OH campaign features public service announcements that are set in the fictional town of Denial, Ohio, where residents are “in denial” that their children could become addicted to opioids.

Check out the PSAs, and educate yourself, your family and friends on proper prescription opioid use and disposal.

Continue reading

Read More »

Broadband access a priority for Farm Bureau

Ohio Farm Bureau is continuing to work with state leaders on having broadband accessible for all Ohioans across the state. Entire Ohio communities continue to have no broadband connectivity or limited reliability, putting them at an economic disadvantage, said Jenna Beadle, OFBF director of state policy.

“The biggest thing we hear from our members about not having broadband is the economic impact for those in the workplace and how even students are affected because they increasingly have to do their homework online and can’t always run over to McDonald’s or their local library for Wi-Fi access,” she said.

Last year the state legislature failed to pass a bill establishing a residential broadband expansion program through the Ohio Department of Development Services. Ohio Farm Bureau has been meeting with state leaders to reintroduce the bill, which would provide grant money to help offset the high infrastructure cost for companies putting broadband into areas with few customers.

Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio farmers rally to help Nebraska colleagues

Ohio farmers from various parts of the state made the long trek to Nebraska at the end of March to help fellow farmers as they recover from the worst flooding in the state’s history.

A “bomb cyclone” left behind unprecedented flooding in many parts of the Midwest, with more than $1 billion in damage in Nebraska alone, as well as long-term disruptions to markets throughout the country and devastation for farm families.

Anyone who wishes to make a contribution to help Nebraska farmers recover can do so through the Nebraska Farm Bureau disaster assistance fund set up for relief efforts. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Committee also has donated $1,000 to the relief effort.

Ohioan’s help was gratefully received in the Cornhusker state. Visit links to media coverage of relief efforts by Ohio farmers below:

Ohio’s Country Journal

Farm and Dairy

Kearney Hub (Nebraska)

107.9FM KITC Radio (Nebraska)

Nebraska TV

CAPTION: A group of farmers making up Ohio’s Rural America Relief left for North Bend, Neb.,

Continue reading

Read More »

2019 ExploreAg adds more camps – application deadline extended

UPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is offering STEM-based camps called ExploreAg. The ExploreAg program is a FREE week-long experience for high school students where they are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off campus at the Ohio State University, OSU ATI and Central State University. New this year is the addition of two camps, for a total of four, and 25 students will be accepted for each camp.

ExploreAg students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers. Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields.

Continue reading

Read More »

Vote in the Raise Your Hand for 4-H contest

Only one in three young people say they have the skills to handle what life throws their way. If we don’t give kids the opportunity to succeed, we all fail. That’s where 4-H comes in. Ohio 4-H Youth Development programs meet youth and families where they live, serve community needs and build critical life skills young people need to thrive.

Again this year, the “Raise Your Hand” initiative is an opportunity to secure funding for 4-H hands-on learning programs.

4-H alumni, supporters and friends are asked to vote for Ohio to win funding to help more kids. Vote now and Ohio’s 4‑H program could win $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 to help more young people do, learn and grow.

Ty Higgins visits with Ohio Farm Bureau’s First Vice President Bill Patterson about the Raise Your Hand initiative and how easy it is to take part.

Raise your hand for 4-H.

Continue reading

Read More »