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ExploreAg Experience: John Deere Dec. 6

December 6, 9am–12pm

John Deere Training Center
9005 Heritage Dr., Plain City, OH 4306

All students from grades 7-12 are welcome to participate in a hands-on experience to explore the various agricultural careers in Ohio. In this experience, participants will explore the many careers with John Deere, Ag Pro and JD Tech while performing hands-on activities with precision agriculture. Flyer

A FREE lunch is included at the end of the event and there is no cost to participate.

Note: School excuses can be provided by OSU Extension.
*It is the responsibility of the participant to verify absence is acceptable with the school.*

Contact information: Marissa Mulligan 614-292-5543 or via email.


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Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: African swine fever

African swine fever has been sweeping through various pockets of the world, threatening the pork market. While this disease has been around for many years, it’s only been in the last year that concern has ramped up about this highly contagious disease. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer discusses why this is the case during a recent Field Day podcast with insight from Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Swine Health Information Center, and Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council.

What is African swine fever?
It’s a highly contagious viral disease with a high mortality rate and affects both domestic and wild pigs. Multiple strains exist with some more virulent than others.

Is it in the United States?
No. It’s been found in Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and China where it infected the largest pig herd in the world.

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Career Opportunity: Organization Director

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented self-starter for a management position in Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties. Individual must be willing to reside in the service area. Demonstrated leadership skills and management ability is required as is a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field. Three years of work experience in agriculture or in a business setting is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of a membership organization and be comfortable with public speaking and sales. Attractive benefit package includes a company vehicle. Email resumé and cover letter to [email protected]. Deadline to apply: Nov. 19, 2019

About Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.

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Scholarships available to attend 2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

Ohio Farm Bureau would like to select 10 Young Agricultural Professionals members to attend the American Farm Bureau’s 2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference to enhance their knowledge of and experience with Farm Bureau.

Members will travel to Louisville, Ky. March 13-16, 2020 to hear from motivational speakers, network with members and industry leaders, gain new information and skills through breakout sessions and tour local ag and tourism locations.

Conference highlights

  • Keynote speakers
  • Local tours in Kentucky
  • Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • Hands-on learning sessions
  • Evening entertainment
  • And so much more!

Farm Bureau members interested in one of the 10 spots should apply by Nov. 15, 2019. Couples and individuals are welcome to apply (couples should complete separate applications.) Ohio Farm Bureau staff will review applications and select the 10 participants. However, any OFBF YAP member is welcome to attend the AFBF YF&R Conference at his or her own expense.

Conference details:

Date: March 13-16, 2020

Location: Louisville, Ky.

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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.”

Participants in SBMG receive:

  • Company logo and basic information displayed on the CIFT website and included in promotional materials for SBMG;
  • At least one in-person networking event to meet and engage with fellow businesses from across Ohio; and
  • Access to a private, interactive engagement via Facebook related to:
    • Networking opportunities with similar businesses and industry experts
    • Materials and information representing best practices for food companies
    • Activities to test knowledge and identify growth/scaling opportunities
    • Insights and updates from others in the food processing industry

The group is free for Ohio Farm Bureau members, but space is limited.

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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

View complete itinerary.

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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