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Watershed rules sent back to ODA for further review

Ohio Farm Bureau testified at a recent Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review meeting where watershed in distress rules potentially impacting eight watersheds in northwest Ohio were discussed. The review committee ultimately decided to send the rules back to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for further study.

JCARR voted 8-1 to send them back to ODA because the proposed amendments to the Ohio Administrative Code were potentially in conflict with the proposed legislative intent of the rules in the first place.

According to Tony Seegers, director of state policy for Ohio Farm Bureau, the committee decided to tell ODA to “revise and refile” the rules. Doing so gives the agricultural community more time to work with the new administration in 2019 on the rules. Governor-elect Mike DeWine takes office on Jan. 14.

“The rules as proposed grossly exceeded the statutory authority granted the department by the General Assembly,” Seegers said.

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Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: AFBF Economist Dr. John Newton

In the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research talks with American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.

Hoewischer and Newton talk about the “tough shape” the farm economy has been in for a number years for various reasons, from low crop prices to trade and tariff issues, and how much impact the newly signed Farm Bill may or may not have on farm income in the future.

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 this episode. Complete transcript.

Q: I know there are a lot of different sectors, but what’s the general feel of the overall ag economy?

A: Well it’s been in the doldrums now for a few years.

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Farmers concerns grow as pipeline construction progresses

As multiple pipeline projects move to construction phase throughout the state, they haven’t come without some headaches for farmers.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has seen a growing number of farmer concerns with regard to drainage activities and soil remediation as part of the ET Rover pipeline project. While Rover’s FERC-approved Ag Mitigation Plan and easement language allows the company to dispose of standing water into adjacent tracts of land off the designated right of way, they must compensate impacted landowners for damages.

Farm Bureau laid the groundwork for such agreements. As early as summer 2015, OFBF staff started meeting with ET Rover officials as they looked to lay pipeline on a northwest diagonal from Monroe County to Fulton County. In those meetings, Farm Bureau stressed the importance of mitigating impacts to farmland and conducting adequate land remediation as part of the company’s pipeline development project.

Farm Bureau organized landowners to testify at FERC hearings and conducted more than 100 pipeline briefings along the project route since early 2015 to educate landowners on pipeline regulations and how to obtain qualified legal counsel.

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Farm Bureau launches energy program

Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering with an Ohio-based energy management firm, Community Energy Advisors, to establish the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program.
The program will assist members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and the best ways to manage their energy resources.

“We have worked together to develop this program to provide education, protection and savings to members statewide,” said John Marihugh, OFBF director of member services. “The program can provide highly competitive pricing to members in shoppable electric and natural gas regions.”

Ohio Farm Bureau’s newest member benefit takes the guesswork out of energy costs and gives members an opportunity to save money. It doesn’t matter if power is generated through a cooperative or a municipal utility, or in one of the large, for-profit utility regions, the OFBF Energy Program provides tips and tools to help better manage electric and natural gas costs.

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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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    Centennial Gun Raffle

    As part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Centennial, and in support of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, a Henry Big Boy .44 magnum, a Henry Golden Boy .22 long rifle and a Ruger American Rimfire Farmer edition will be raffled, plus members have the option of purchasing a Henry Commemorative rifle of their own. A selection of calibers are available.

    Purchase raffle tickets below; tickets will only be sold online and there is no limit on how many tickets will be sold. Winners will be drawn April 1, 2019 by 5 p.m.

    Raffle tickets are $25 each, or 5 for $100.

    1st PrizeOhio Farm Bureau Centennial Rifle
    Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum
    MSRP – $1,200
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    2nd PrizeOhio Farm Bureau Centennial Rifle
    Henry Golden Boy .22 LR
    MSRP – $1,000
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     3rd Prize Ruger American Rimfire 
    Farmer Edition
    MSRP – $630
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    North American trade deal signed, moves to Congress

    Despite the signing of the new trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico Nov. 30, work remains as the focus now shifts to Congress and its ratification. The new free trade agreement that took more than a year of intense negotiations among the three partners to come to fruition.

    Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) but dubbed NAFTA 2.0, the agreement must be voted on by each country’s legislative body before it takes effect.

    “Agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion to $39 billion under NAFTA,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “In every way, this new agreement is just as good, if not better than, the one that came before.”

    According to AFBF, several provisions in the agreement will have significant impacts on the agriculture industry:

    • USMCA will provide new market access for dairy and poultry products in Canada and maintains the zero-tariff platform on all other ag products and on all ag products to Mexico.
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    Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Meeting

    Friday, Dec. 7:

    OFBF President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp presented the membership and county awards at the Delegate Lunch Dec. 7.
    OFBF President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp presented the membership and county awards at the Delegate Lunch Dec. 7.

    Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustee elections were held early on the last day of the OFBF 100th Annual Meeting. Two new trustees were elected, along with several trustees who were re-elected to their current positions.

    President Frank Burkett III, Vice President Bill Patterson and Treasurer Cy Prettyman were all re-elected to their officer positions on the board. State and national policy was discussed and voted upon during the general sessions. Several membership awards and county achievement awards were announced during the annual Delegate Lunch, where Executive Vice President Adam Sharp addressed the assembled attendees at the annual meeting.

    In a heartfelt speech, Sharp said he was “humbled and proud” to serve OFBF at this moment in its history.

    Watch the presentations and Adam’s address:

    Later tonight attendees will participate in the Centennial Celebration and a member-only concert by country star Chase Bryant at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to cap off the kickoff to Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th year.

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    #GivingTuesday with Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

    This Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, consider donating to the Ohio Farm Bureau FoundationEvery gift helps the Foundation do something that might not otherwise be possible, from supporting student scholarships, to funding innovation in communities, to driving economic growth.

    Your donation supports these efforts

    Investing in tomorrow’s leaders

    Training the next generation of agriculture producers, scientists, and business and community leaders is a key priority facing our state. The campaign for the OFB Foundation will expand our endowment to provide increased support for scholarships and professional development opportunities allowing individuals to advance their knowledge, share ideas, and improve people’s lives.

    Driving economic impact

    Capturing opportunities that build prosperity, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life for Ohioans by funding projects that spur economic growth in local communities.

    Environmental Stewardship

    Funding sensible solutions that contribute to a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable Ohio by focusing on increased care for land and water.

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    10 Gallon Challenge – Plus!

    What is the 10 gallon challenge? It’s simple. Buy 10 gallons of milk and donate them to a food pantry. Done. The challenge is a way to promote dairy sales in a time of low milk prices to try to support our local dairy farmers. By donating to a food pantry or food drive, you are also supporting your friends and neighbors who may be affected by food insecurity.

    Belmont County Farm Bureau along with Cain Farms and Trails Ends Farms donated a total of 60 gallons of milk which went to 30 families in the Union Local School District and 30 families in the Barnesville Exempted School District to go with Thanksgiving dinner.

    Support your local dairy farmers!!  Drink milk and donate milk!

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    One free Fall Soil Test for Farm Bureau members

    Show your Farm Bureau membership card at Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake or Trumbull County OSU Extension offices between Oct. 25 and Nov. 30, 2018 to get your FREE test!  Only valid for Farm Bureau members.*

    Who should soil test?  Anyone applying lime and/or fertilizer to gardens, yards, pastures, hay and crop fields, etc.

    Why should you fall soil test?  According to OSU Extension, fall is an ideal time to sample soil for several reasons:  1.  Soils often have an ideal moisture range that makes sampling easy.  2.  It gives producers ample time to apply fertilizer or lime before the next crop.  3.  It helps ensure spring planting will not be delayed.

    When can you get your free test?  Oct. 25-Nov. 30 during your county OSU Extension office’s regular business hours.

    How do you obtain your free test?  Go to your county OSU Extension office, show your Farm Bureau membership card, (call 440-426-2195 for your ID number if you don’t have a card,) pick up your FREE soil test, have Extension analyze your results if needed.

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    Grants available for young ag professionals programming

    Farm Credit Mid-America will again provide grant funding to support Young Agricultural Professionals programming.

    County YAP groups and Collegiate Farm Bureau groups may apply for the grants. Eight $500 grants will go to local YAP groups and two $500 grants will go to Collegiate Farm Bureau groups. These grants provide funding for YAP- focused educational programming or events held in the county, multi-county areas or on a college campus. 

    All grant applications must be received by Dec. 10, 2018. All applicants will be notified of grant selections by Jan. 18, 2019.

    The YAP State Committee will recognize the grant recipients at the YAP Winter Leadership Experience Feb. 2.

    The local grants are a part of Farm Credit Mid-America’s financial contribution to Farm Bureau young leader programs in their four-state region of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.  A portion of the funds donated to Ohio is being used for the local grants program.

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    2018-2019 Community Council Discussion Guide

    The November 2018-April 2019 Discussion Guide for Community Councils includes six discussion topics, giving groups a few options for meetings scheduled through the winter and into spring. Participation from community council members ensures Ohio Farm Bureau continues to focus on critical issues, create better policy and help people work together to get things done.

    Topics

    Agricultural Labor and Federal Immigration Reform

    Agriculture needs a program that functions as efficiently as the current free market movement of migrant farm workers while providing the security of a contractual relationship in areas where there is little migration. Having lost confidence in the H-2A structure as a framework for future success, Farm Bureau is seeking a new approach to ensure a legal, reliable, long-term workforce for all sectors of the industry. Discussion Guide

    Biotechnology from Farm to Market

    Despite rapid adoption by farmers and a strong scientific consensus that biotechnology does not pose health and environmental risks, regulatory burdens are slowing research and innovation of new biotech traits.

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    Members urged to take action on farm bill

     

    With the election behind us, both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are respectively in discussions to find a pathway to pass a farm bill. If a bill is not passed in the next few weeks, a new Congress will take office in January and the whole legislative process will reset and start over.

    Farm Bureau is pushing for attention to many long-standing issues important to farmers such as:

    • Improving Title 1 dairy and commodity programs such as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC).
    • Protecting key features of the federal crop insurance program.
    • A renewed focused on conservation programs, the specialty crop program and research and development programs.

    Members are being asked to help Congressional leaders recognize the hardships farmers are facing due to the current farm economy crisis. Farmers have seen rising costs and lower commodity prices for several years running.

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    Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors Farmers Crossing

    Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with the Mid-America Restaurant Expo, presented by the Ohio Restaurant Association to promote Farmers Crossing, an all-new area dedicated to local farmers and highlighting the farm-to-table concept.

    The expo is an annual restaurant and food service industry trade show that takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Jan. 13-14, 2019.

    According to the ORA, the goal of Farmers Crossing is to “embrace local sourcing of products while supporting sustainability of our agricultural community and promoting collaboration between farmers and chefs.”

    Ohio Farm Bureau is the presenting sponsor of Farmers Crossing.

    “We’re very excited to work with Ohio Farm Bureau,” said Homa Moheimani, manager of media and communications for ORA. “A big trend that is going on now and has been for a while is the farm-to-table concept and we thought that would be an exciting and dynamic aspect to bring to the expo.”

    Moheimani noted that Farmers Crossing will give “farmers who want to break in to the restaurant market or farmers who want to grow their market an excellent opportunity to connect with restaurateurs and other attendees at the show.”

    To encourage those connections, Ohio Farm Bureau will be represented at Farmers Crossing with its own display, as well as giving away two other display spaces to
    members via a sweepstakes.

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    Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: Water quality in Michigan

    In the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research talks with a representative from our neighbors up north, Laura Campbell. Campbell manages the agricultural ecology department for Michigan Farm Bureau.

    Hoewischer and Campbell discussed how issues in Michigan can impact Ohio, and vice versa, particularly as they relate to water quality. They compare and contrast what’s going on across the state line.

    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 this episode. Complete transcript

     

    Q: Ohio and Michigan share a lot of priority issues, such as water quality. What are some things that you’re working on in Michigan, what are the hot button topics?

    A: Water quality is one of our continuing hot topics and one that’s of really high importance to our members.

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    Job Opportunity: Ohio State Fair Intern

    The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is seeking three individuals to serve as interns for the Ohio State Fair Land and Living Exhibit in 2019. The interns will assist OFBF in hiring and providing direction (with OFBF staff assistance) to State Fair ambassadors. All interns will be responsible for planning, executing and staffing the exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. This program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture and Ohio government.

    Intern Responsibilities

    In cooperation with the other interns:

    ● Assist OFBF staff with Land and Living exhibit design and implementation. Work in conjunction with exhibit partners, contractors and Ohio Exposition Commission staff on the development of exhibit budget, educational components, construction timeline, and actual exhibit design.
    ● Coordinate construction efforts with Ohio Exposition Center staff and contractors. Assignments of specific responsibilities will be assigned to team members.
    ● Coordinate staffing of Land and Living during the Ohio State Fair.

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