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Farm Bureau encourages ‘No’ vote on State Issue 1

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board of trustees has announced the organization’s opposition to State Issue 1, misleadingly called the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment.   

Farm Bureau, Ohio’s largest organization for farm, food and rural interests, believes Issue 1 is not a viable approach to the state’s opioid crisis.  

“Our state and county Farm Bureaus have been at the forefront of drug abuse prevention in rural Ohio,” said Frank Burkett III, a dairy farmer and president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “We’ve dug deeply into understanding Ohio’s massive drug problems. Issue 1 runs counter to much of what our members believe are effective steps to reducing the impact of drugs on our communities.”

The organization also believes that a constitutional amendment is not the best mechanism for addressing Ohio’s addiction and drug trafficking problems, especially when the initiative is funded by large out-of-state interests.  

Farm Bureau trustees also were concerned that Issue 1 would harm the Ohio court system’s ability to effectively deal with illegal drugs.

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Ohio Farm Bureau, North High Brewing announce centennial beer

Ohio’s farmers and craft beer enthusiasts will soon celebrate the release of a new specialty beer. Cover Crop, from North High Brewing, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Cover Crop is a light-bodied, easy drinking golden ale that is crisp, refreshing and perfect for relaxing after a day of hard work in the office, factory or farm. The name Cover Crop honors the revival of a farming practice that sustains the land and its surrounding environment.

Cover Crop will be released in package and draft beginning in December and be available throughout 2019 wherever North High beer is sold.

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Membership Sales Adam Carney talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about the unique product.

Using local ingredients was important for both Ohio Farm Bureau and North High Brewing, which is a member of Farm Bureau. Cover Crop is to be brewed with local malt sourced from Rustic Brew Farm in Marysville, Ohio.

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Hometown Harvest Dinner in the Street

The Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau recently held its first Hometown Harvest Dinner in the Street event, a fundraiser to help build a new barn at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. This invitation-only event was held on Broadway Street in downtown Jackson. Local businesses, Farm Bureau group members, local Farm Bureau members who are producers, and some state and county elected officials were on the invitation list. Senior Organization Director Kim Harless said, “We wanted the mix to be a good one not only for agriculture discussion but for the fundraiser.”  Senior Fair Board Vice President Christopher Smalley spoke about the new project at the fairgrounds, and thanked the Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau for holding a great event!

All proceeds for the cost of the dinner, which was $25 per plate, went to the barn fund and any donations received that night will do directly to the barn fund as well.

Harless said, “Our goal was 75 people we had 87 so we are extremely pleased with that.” The Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau partnered with local Farm Bureau member businesses: Rowdy’s Smokehouse, Arch and Eddie’s, The Spot on Main and Sixth Sense Brewing and Burritos, for all locally produced food for the meal including the steaks and chicken served as the main course and the lamb that was used as an appetizer.

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Farm Bureau sending 10 young farmers to 2019 Fusion Conference

Apply by Nov. 5, 2018

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

The conference brings together more than 1,200 Farm Bureau volunteer leaders from across the country from Promotions & Education, Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers & Ranchers programs. These members represent the next generation of Farm Bureau leaders. Members will come to Milwaukee 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.

Farm Bureau members interested in one of the 10 spots should apply by Nov. 5, 2018. 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, even if you are not selected, any OFBF YAP member is welcome to attend the AFBF YF&R Conference at his or her own expense.

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Legal With Leah: U.S. Supreme Court recap

Ohioans have to endure one of the toughest situations in the country when the government takes their land but refuses to acknowledge it. Protecting landowners from punitive state eminent domain laws is the goal of an Ohio Farm Bureau legal brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. Supreme Court precedent currently prohibits Ohioans from appealing to federal court to address government property takings. Ohio Farm Bureau’s brief seeks to overturn precedent and gain landowners the option to appeal directly to a federal court.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s first engagement with the Supreme Court of the United States was a special opportunity. On this episode of Legal with Leah, Policy Counsel Leah Curtis shares her experience with us.

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

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Humane Officer Training on Oct. 29


October 29, 8:30am–5pm


Dutch Valley Restaurant 1343 Old Route 39 NE, Sugarcreek, OH 44681


The purpose of the training is to provide humane officers a basic understanding of farm animal care and production practices and to identify resources for local animal shelters and officials dealing with animal care complaints. The farm tours will allow participants to view livestock in a typical farm setting and interact with the farm management and other local agricultural leaders. Hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau.

Created for:

  • Humane officers
  • Dog wardens
  • Animal rescue groups
  • County sheriff’s deputies
  • Animal control officers
  • County commissioners
  • Local animal shelter personnel/humane societies


8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Welcome

and Introductions

9 a.m. Beef Cattle – Dr. Steve Boyles
Food, Shelter and Body Condition Scoring

9:30 a.m. Horses – Dr. Kim Cole
Food, Shelter and Body Condition Scoring

10 a.m. Dairy Cattle – Dr. Maurice Eastridge
Food, Shelter and Body Condition Scoring

10:30 a.m.

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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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Legal with LeahPolicy Counsel Leah Curtis discusses topics impacting farmers and landowners such as property rights, taxes and other legal and regulatory issues.
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Field Day with Jordan HoewischerDirector 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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Legal with LeahHear from Ohio Farm Bureau staff experts on a range of topics impacting Ohio farmers and landowners.
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Policy ideas can have national impact

In my article last month, I shared how the Trumbull County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting to honor scholarship winners and individuals who have made a difference in the county. But the evening was much more than just an evening of fellowship and a great meal. Policy developed in Trumbull County was proposed and passed that will have a local, state and national impact.

How can Farm Bureau members in Trumbull County have such an impact? Well, because we are members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which is a grassroots organization. Policy is developed and presented to members at annual meetings all over Ohio. Policy is often driven by issues or problems faced by county residents and can be of a local nature just affecting our county or of a state or national level of concern.

The state and national policies are sent to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation to be considered by a committee made up of Farm Bureau members across the state and OFBF staff.

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Butler County Farm Bureau Centennial Celebration

For 100 years, Butler County Farm Bureau has been serving farming, rural and urban communities in the county. To mark our 100th year, the organization celebrated at the annual meeting Aug. 23 with a program highlighting the past years since our origination and honoring the leaders of the organization. Many displays of past memorabilia and articles were on display as well as a “What Is It’ game for attendees guessing what farm or household antique was on display.

A keepsake bag featuring the centennial celebration logo was given to all attending the meeting. Many past presidents were in attendance of the more than 170 people at the meeting.

To continue the centennial celebration, Butler County will feature a past leaders, organizations, groups, committees and other important parts of the organization that have shaped our history on Facebook each week.  Follow us at Butler County Farm Bureau Hamilton OH. 

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Belmont County Farm Bureau trying to help eradicate drug problem in county

The Belmont County Farm Bureau donated $10,000 to two drug-fighting efforts in Belmont County.

The proceeds came from a farm-to-plate dinner the Farm Bureau held Aug. 23. The goal was to raise money to prevent children from getting started on drugs. The money was divided, with the first $5,000 going to the Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Program and the other $5,000 went to the county’s drug task force.  “Last year we had 1,400 kids that participated. We are anticipating maybe 1,600 this year, I hope it’s 2,000,” said John McFarland, co-commander, Belmont County Drug Task Force. “The more kids we get involved, teaching them the importance of being drug-free, understand what happens to you when you’re on drugs, hopefully it sinks in.”

“Any time there is a donation made to any effort to keep kids off of drugs, obviously the juvenile court is pleased with that and definitely want to give a big shout out, big thanks to the Belmont County Farm Bureau,” Belmont County Juvenile Probate Judge Al Davies said.
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2019 Youth Capital Challenge nominations due Oct. 26

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering again for the 2019 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, giving teens the chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities a better place.

Up to 40 delegates will be selected for the 2019 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training in Columbus for Phase One of the challenge and meet with Ohio legislators. Delegates will work in their assigned delegate teams during the following months to develop a public policy issue and proposed solution and prepare a presentation for public hearing. Delegate teams then will come together in Columbus in early spring 2019 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair for scholarship dollars in late summer 2019.

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Member-only giveaways at Farm Science Review Sept. 18-20

The 56th annual Farm Science Review takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Ohio State University Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, and Ohio Farm Bureau is right in the middle of all the action at the corner of Beef Street and Friday Avenue.

There are some exciting additions to the building this year, as well as members-only giveaways.

The first 150 members to visit the Farm Bureau building each day at Farm Science Review and show their member ID card will receive a special Farm Bureau car magnet.

In addition, anyone who renews or purchases a new membership at Farm Science Review will receive a custom, one-of-a-kind Ohio Farm Bureau hitch pin, while supplies last. Memberships must be renewed or purchased on site at the event, and there is a limit of one hitch pin per membership.

“We are excited for a great event this year and are thrilled we can offer this unique item to members, as a thank you for investing in a membership with Farm Bureau,” said Paul Lyons, senior director of membership.

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Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: The Nature Conservancy

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer talked with Dr. Jessica D’Ambrosio of The Nature Conservancy earlier this summer. On this edition of Field Day, Hoewischer and D’Ambrosio discussed the role of The Nature Conservancy and how the organization works with farmers to help make positive impacts on water quality.

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.

Following are some highlights from Episode 8.  Complete transcript



Q: Give us an overview of The Nature Conservancy and how farmers and environmentalists can work together.

A: The Nature Conservancy is the largest conservation organization in the world. We’ve got offices in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries across the world. It’s our mission to preserve the land and water upon which all life depends.

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Following the policy development process

Ohio Farm Bureau is directed by its members, at all levels of the organization. They define the positions the organization takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents through an annual policy development process. The grassroots process leads to the creation of policy positions that guide legislative and regulatory action by the organization on important issues. The 2017 process culminated at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in January 2018.

Larry Antosch, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, said county Farm Bureau boards select their county policy development teams, and then begin to develop a plan of work, timeline and strategies to write the county’s policy proposals.

“Policy development is an opportunity for our members to study in-depth and identify areas of concern in their county and of agriculture.” Antosch said. “Policy development is one of the best means to assure that grassroots input from our members is addressed.”

How the process works

County policy development teams are made of Farm Bureau members from a variety of involvement areas within the county organization.

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Farm Bureau policy committee begins work

Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December.  

In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and Farm Bureau staff on topics such as the shortage of large animal veterinarians, Ohio’s fertilizer guidelines, managing nutrient loss, education policy, infrastructure funding, engagement in the Ohio Power Siting evaluation process, deer and wildlife management, abandoned railways and trails, land conservation programs and industrial hemp.

The policy committee consists of 10 members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus.   

The committee is chaired by Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Bill Patterson of Chesterland and includes OFBF President Frank Burkett of Massillon and Treasurer Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington.

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2018 Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class IX and Young Ag Professionals group spent an educational three days in Washington, D.C. Sept. 11-13. The purpose of the trip was to share their ideas with members of Congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. The trip included a visit with congressional representatives, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy.

Day 3, Thursday, Sept. 13
The third and final day of the Leadership Experience was focused on congressional visits. The hallmark of the trip is the opportunity for our members to meet with their representatives, bringing relevancy of the national issues facing agriculture to their farms and businesses in Ohio. Before heading up to the Hill, the group had the fortune to tour the White House.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Centennial

Dec. 6-7, Ohio Farm Bureau will hold its 100th Annual Meeting in Columbus, kicking off a yearlong celebration of our Centennial in 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau was founded Jan. 27, 1919 on the campus of Ohio State University.

The centennial is a celebration of the people who have each played a part in Farm Bureau’s success over the years, and members are invited to participate in this milestone for our organization.

Centennial Concert with Chase Bryant

Chase BryantDec. 7

8:30 p.m.

Columbus Convention Center

Free admission for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This is a private, members only event. Tickets will be available in early October.

Update your member profile to receive concert and centennial updates via email.

Chase Bryant is a Texas native and was named named one of the “Best Things We Saw” at CMA Music Fest 2014‚ by Rolling Stone. His songs include “Room to Breathe,” “Little Bit of You,” “Change Your Name” and his debut single “Take It On Back.” Learn more about Chase at chasebryant.com.

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