The Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Our Ohio Weekly”

The Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Our Ohio Weekly”

The Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Our Ohio Weekly”: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

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December 27, 2022 48 mins
Harmful algal blooms have been impacting the Western Lake Erie Basin for years and, based on rain, sun, wind, temperatures and other factors, no two years are the same. Over the past year, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has started to develop what’s called a TMDL for the Maumee River Watershed to address algal blooms and the sources of nutrients that attribute to those blooms. What does the Total Maximum Daily Load develo...
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Ohio Farm Bureau members celebrated “Our Legacy, Our Future” as the organization held its 104th annual meeting earlier this month in Columbus. Nearly 370 delegates from all 88 Ohio counties established the organization’s policy goals for the coming year, recognized county Farm Bureau and individual achievements and honored industry leaders. On the next Our Ohio Weekly, we will recap this year’s annual meeting of Ohio’s largest farm...
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December 10, 2022 48 mins
Agricultural lands in the U.S. grow an astounding array of food, fiber, biofuels, and other raw materials. This abundance has made the U.S. one of the most food secure nations in the world. Yet it can also mask vulnerabilities. For too many Americans, it is easy to brush off farmland loss or view it as inevitable. This puts our future at risk according to American Farmland Trust’s newest Farms Under Threat 2040 Report. The report f...
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December 5, 2022 48 mins
With an economic impact for Ohio worth nearly $1.5 billion, the equine industry is a big money maker for the state. Ohio has a horse population of about 306,000, making it the 6th most populous state in the country when it comes to horses. It also has the 6th most horses per square mile of land in the country with that number being over 7. That stat continues to grow at a galloping rate. On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about Oh...
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November 14, 2022 48 mins
Recently, the FBI informed the Food and Agriculture sector that ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain. Why would farmers and the companies they work with be targeted through cyberattacks and what does something of that nature even look like? Get answers from i...
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November 6, 2022 48 mins
At the end of his term in January 2023, Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-07) will be retiring after over a decade in Washington, D.C. Gibbs is the only former state Farm Bureau president to be elected to Congress, and recently Ohio Farm Bureau's Ty Higgins made a trip to Gibbs' northeast Ohio farm to visit about his time in public office and how it all started with his involvement in Farm Bureau. Hear their conversation on the next Our Oh...
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October 31, 2022 48 mins
Journalism is changing. With the consolidation of small newspapers and mergers of some of Ohio’s larger media outlets, small towns aren’t getting a whole lot of attention these days. But two journalists are looking to rural Ohio for stories and sharing what they find with the entire nation. Emma Davis and Céilí Doyle have covered agriculture, education, broadband, infrastructure and many other challenges and opportunities for Ohio ...
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October 24, 2022 48 mins
Over the last 90 years, Nationwide has grown from a small mutual auto insurer started by Ohio Farm Bureau members to one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world. Early growth came from working together with other Farm Bureaus that sponsored the company. Today, the Fortune 100 company offers a full range of insurance and financial services across the country and remains the largest farm insurer in the ...
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October 17, 2022 48 mins
Keeping family on the same page when it comes to planning out the next months, years or generations of the farm is not for the faint of heart, but this week’s guest on Our Ohio Weekly, Andy "Caygeon” Junkin is helping many farms by doing the heavy lifting for these weight conversations. Junkin is widely recognized as the leading expert on farm succession and farm debt turnarounds, having written five books and spoken in 14 states o...
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October 10, 2022 48 mins
The goal of USDA Rural Development is to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America by offering loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing; health care; first responder services and equipment; and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They also offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers a...
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Ohio Farm Bureau’s farmer leaders including young agricultural professionals, AgriPOWER Class XIII members and county presidents and vice presidents visited Washington, D.C. last month. Over the three day trip, participants heard from experts and in turn voiced their thoughts to help legislators make the connection between what is happening on Ohio farms and what is being debated in the halls of Congress and within federal agencies...
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September 24, 2022 48 mins
As host Ty Higgins continues the conversation about solar energy in Ohio with two Ohio Farm Bureau experts on the next Our Ohio Weekly, they get into more details about community solar. They cover the important aspects of community solar leases, how liability and eminent domain fit into the solar discussion and how your tax situation may change if you become involved in a lease.

Guests - Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of E...
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September 21, 2022 48 mins
Solar energy in Ohio has been (pun intended) a pretty hot topic over the past few years as more and more landowners in all parts of the state are being approached about signing leases to utilize their property to collect energy from the sun. That growing interest in the Buckeye State has led to difficult discussions, tough decisions and a divide in opinion across the countryside. We talk all things solar with two Ohio Farm Bureau e...
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September 12, 2022 48 mins
Ohio State’s Farm Science Review, which turns 60 this year, plans to highlight its decades of providing valuable information to farmers and producers, while focusing on continuing to educate for the future. The premier agricultural education and industry exposition is set for Sept. 20–22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London. Hosted by Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the 60th FSR ...
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September 3, 2022 48 mins
Harmful algal blooms have been impacting the Western Lake Erie Basin for years and, based on rain, sun, wind, temperatures and other factors, no two years are the same. Over the past year, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has started to develop what’s called a TMDL for the Maumee River Watershed to address algal blooms and the sources of nutrients that attribute to those blooms. What does the Total Maximum Daily Load develo...
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Last week, The Biden Administration discussed how its strategy to spur the development of homegrown biofuels is critical to expanding Americans’ options for affordable fuel in the short-term and to building real energy independence in the long-term by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. The President announced new steps to achieve that goal by increasing fuel supplies, offering more consumer choices, and reducing gasoline prices...
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In December 2021, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requested that the dairy industry “get in a room” and work collaboratively to build consensus and find solutions to Federal Milk Marketing Order shortfalls. He specified that “the only way this works for the industry is to do the hard job of listening to one another.” In response to his request, the American Farm Bureau Federation is hosting an industry-wide dairy conferen...
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Good news for all farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed wanting to join the nearly 2,000 already signed up for the H2Ohio water quality program. To date, over 1 million acres have Voluntary Nutrient Management Plans, a key component of H2Ohio. This week, we visit with the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Dorothy Pelanda, to find out more about the initiative, and other important items, like food security and their work ...
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Agricultural lands in the U.S. grow an astounding array of food, fiber, biofuels, and other raw materials. This abundance has made the U.S. one of the most food secure nations in the world. Yet it can also mask vulnerabilities. For too many Americans, it is easy to brush off farmland loss or view it as inevitable. This puts our future at risk according to American Farmland Trust’s newest Farms Under Threat 2040 Report. The report f...
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)has announced a second round of funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Cover Crop Initiative. The program provides an investment of $38 million to 11 states, including Ohio, to help agricultural producers mitigate climate change through the adoption of cover crops. This second round of funding expands program eligibility to all st...
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