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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. Winners will be notified April 1, 2019 by 5 p.m. An additional Henry rifle will be sold at auction during the Ohio Farm Bureau Centennial Celebration Dec. 7.

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

1st PrizeOhio Farm Bureau Centennial Rifle
Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum
MSRP – $1,200
Click to view artwork
2nd PrizeOhio Farm Bureau Centennial Rifle
Henry Golden Boy .22 LR
MSRP – $1,000
Click to view gun artwork
 3rd Prize Ruger American Rimfire 
Farmer Edition
MSRP – $630
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Friend of Agriculture candidates fare well in 2018 election

Voter turnout for a midterm election soared to its highest percentage since 1994 as 54 percent of Ohio residents cast ballots in this crucial election. A contentious statewide ballot issue, five statewide offices, two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court bench, a U.S. Senate seat, all 16 Ohio Congressional seats, half of the Ohio Senate and all 99 Ohio House seats gave Ohio voters plenty of material and mailers to review since the May primary.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Agricultural for Good Government Political Action Committee Friend of Agriculture candidates proved to be successful at the polls, with 95 percent of all Friend of Ag candidates winning their bids. After announcing opposition to Issue 1, OFB members also helped handily defeat the ballot initiative.

For the first time since 1974, Ohio elected a U.S. senator and a governor from opposing parties. As voters selected Republican Mike DeWine to serve as governor for the next four years, they checked incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown with another six years in D.C.

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Orphan Well Informational Meeting

Landowners with orphan oil or gas wells on their property are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm at the Cuyahoga County Library-North Royalton, 5072 Wallings Road, North Royalton, 44133.

Steve Irwin, Public Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), will discuss Ohio HB 225, that created the Ohio Orphan Well Program that became law in September 2018.  Those attending will learn how ODNR plans to identify, evaluate and prioritize the wells to be plugged at state expense.  Dale Arnold, Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, will be available to answer questions.

The meeting is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.

RSVP recommended.  Call 440-877-0706.


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Ashtabula County Farmer, Jeff Magyar, appointed to United Soybean Board

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue  announced the appointment of 16 members to serve on the United Soybean Board.

Producers newly appointed to serve three-year terms are:

Arkansas – Jim Carroll III, Brinkley, Ark.
Georgia – Walter L. Godwin, Pelham, Ga.
Illinois – Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, Ill.
Indiana – Mark Alan Seib, Poseyville, Ind.
Iowa – April Hemmes, Hampton, Iowa
Kentucky – Brent Gatton, Bremen, Ky.
Louisiana – Garrett Marsh, Tallulah, La.
Minnesota – Rochelle Krusemark, Sherburn, Minn.
Missouri – Patrick Hobbs, Dudley, Mo.
Nebraska – Tony Johanson, Oakland, Neb.
North Carolina – Benjamin Derek Potter, Grantsboro, N.C.
North Dakota – Jay Myers, Colfax, N.D.
Ohio – Jeff Magyar, Orwell, Ohio
Pennsylvania – Andrew J. Fabin, Homer City, Pa.
South Dakota – David Iverson, Astoria, S.D.
Virginia – Robert W. White Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.

“I truly appreciate the time and expertise these individuals have agreed to give guiding the United Soybean Board,” said Perdue.

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Clinton County Farm Bureau holds Local Issues Briefing

On Tuesday evening, Oct. 23, 2018 Clinton County Farm Bureau held a Local Issues Briefing at the Annex building. A panel was brought together to show opposing views on State Issue 1 and the Children’s Services Levy and was open to the public for questions.

In attendance were Richard Moyer (Clinton County prosecuting attorney), Kent Vandervort (levy chairman), Gina Speaks-Eshler (deputy director of Clinton County Job & Family Services), Judge Timothy Tepe (Warren County Common Pleas Court judge), and David Little (director of special projects for Yes on Issue One).

Ohio Farm Bureau supports a No vote on Issue 1 and was shared by Brian Rhodes, Clinton County Farm Bureau Public Policy Action Team Co-leader. Clinton County Farm Bureau President Kym Parks was also present to moderate the program. Salads were donated by our group member and partner Bright Farms. A live video of the briefing is available on our Facebook page.

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Donation to benefit new barn at Jackson County Fairgrounds

The Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau presented the Jackson County Agricultural Society a check for $2500, to be used for the construction of a new barn on the Jackson County Fairgrounds. In September, a Hometown Harvest Dinner in the Street event was held to bring local producers and consumers together!  The donation given were the proceeds from that event. Thank you to everyone who supported this endeavor.


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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: Hope for Ohio

In the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research steers from those topics as he talks with Marissa Mulligan, policy outreach fellow for the Ohio Farm Bureau, about an epidemic many in Ohio are drowning in – the opioid crisis.

Hoewischer and Mulligan discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic in rural communities and how Ohio Farm Bureau is helping by hosting Hope for Ohio events around the state. Hope for Ohio is a series of regional events that focus on peer-to-peer prevention strategies at a local level.

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: How has the opioid crisis bubbled up to the top as such a widespread issue not only in Ohio but around the country?

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Update: Fate of watershed rules still up in the air

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 1, and likely decide whether to designate eight watersheds in northwest Ohio as “distressed.”

While Farm Bureau does not believe the public will have an opportunity to comment, we do want to make members aware of the details if they are interested in attending. The meeting will be held at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E Main Street, Reynoldsburg, in the Bromfield Administration Building.

A special task group of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission met Oct. 25 to discuss an Ohio Department of Agriculture report intended to justify the designation. The task group declined to discuss a previously submitted Ohio Farm Bureau analysis that shows the criteria for declaring a watershed in distress have not been met.

Group Chairman and OSWCC member Fred Cash will prepare a report on the group’s findings that will be presented to the full commission Nov.

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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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