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           Buckeye Farm News
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                                                                                                                                                            OctOber 15, 2009 | VOlume 9 | Issue 4



 Small farmers would
be hit hardest by USDA                                                            Take Issue 2 to town
 food safety proposal                                                                  Consumers need to hear from farmers
                                                                                     during final days of livestock care campaign
❑ OFBF speaks out at hearing            national agreement must be tailored
on leafy greens                         to the needs of individual states.
                                                                                     Here’s how you can take action to
                                            “I know that the proposed leafy
                                                                                 let consumers know that a “Yes” vote
                                        green rule does not contain spe-         on Issue 2 is good for all Ohioans as
          By Seth teter
                                        cific on-farm practices, and this is     well as the animals that provide for
                                        unfortunate because we don’t have        us all .
   Ohio Farm Bureau Federation          any specifics to react to,” Schacht
(OFBF) is voicing concerns about a      said. “But the California leafy green    Get out the vote
proposed marketing agreement that       agreement does have specifics and is     Vote early and encourage
could set unworkable standards for      very often referred to as the example    others to do the same .
Ohio produce growers.                   of where this national agreement
   OFBF has received many calls         is headed.”                              Signs
from small and medium sized grow-           Among OFBF’s concerns are            Get yard signs into the         Vote Yes
                                                                                                                    for
ers, organic growers, representatives   California’s requirements that deal      hands of friends and             Issue 2
                                        with water use, animal intrusion,        family who live in the
of the Amish community and more                                                  city . Put a sign on your
who are concerned that a California     field sanitation, harvest require-
                                        ments and soil amendments. These         harvesting equipment .
                    marketing agree-
                    ment for leafy      specifics were designed around some
                    greens could be-    California cultural practices and are    Call from your combine
                                        not conducive to Ohio.                   Keep an ear on talk
                    come the nation-                                             radio and listen for op-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Seth Teter
                    al standard.            “Under this agreement, small
                                        growers could easily be relegated to     portunities to call in and
                        The voluntary                                            encourage listeners to vote
                    standards are de-   selling only at farmers markets,” said
                                                                                 ‘Yes’ for Issue 2 .
                    signed to ensure    Doug Doohan, fruit and vegetable
                    food safety and     specialist for Ohio State Univer-
Schacht
                                        sity Extension and horticulture re-      Media engagement                             Farmers gear up at an Issue 2 rally in Ashland County. During events around
                    could become                                                 Send a letter to the                         Ohio, farmers have been encouraged to take their message to the cities.
a nationally recognized seal of ap-     searcher with the Ohio Agricultural
                                                                                 editor of the newspaper .
                                        Research and Development Center

                                                                                                                                 our TAKE:
proval for leafy greens such as spin-                                            Comments are also needed on tv
ach and lettuce. Growers who are        (OARDC). “Their ability to grow          and newspaper Web site message                                                          mals we care for is a blank page. By
unable to comply with the standards     their business and make any kind of      boards . Go online to share your                                                        Ohioans or by outsiders, the rules
could be shut off from potential        profit could be severely curtailed.”     thoughts . Stay connected at                                                            will be written.
buyers.                                     Also at risk is the viability of
                                        Ohio’s produce auctions, which have
                                                                                 facebook .com/OhioFarmBureau                 Final thoughts on Issue 2                      As some seek to divide us, we can
   “From what we understand,                                                                                                                                             still recognize our common belief in
many medium and small growers in        been successful in allowing small        Make it personal                                 Issue 2 is not about an ideology. It   this way of life that we have shared
California also have major concerns     growers, particularly the Amish, to      Personal stories are                         is about a reality. The world is chang-    for generations.
with the agreement. That being the      sell produce to bulk buyers.             the most effective way                       ing. And we mustn’t think that we              So come together. Ask questions.
case, how can we possibly expect            “Under the proposed new rules,       to show that you care                        can take no action today and be pre-       Voice concerns. Tell your story. And
                                        these auctions would likely go out       for animals . Bottle feeding calves,         pared for the fights that await us.        stay united. Always remember that
these practices to be workable for
                                        of business given the complexity of      staying up during lambing season                 Yes, we will stand together when       our values are constant regardless of
Ohio farmers,” said Lisa Schacht, a                                              or checking cows on a cold night
farm market operator who provided       the new rules and associated costs                                                    the challenges come. But we must           what happens in any election.
                                        that would drive buyers elsewhere,”      are great examples of how livestock
Ohio Farm Bureau’s testimony dur-                                                                                             equip ourselves now. We must an-               We will do what’s right for our
                                                                                 farmers go above and beyond to
ing a recent U.S. Department of Ag-     Schacht said.                                                                         swer the call of the public before the     consumers, our animals and the next
                                                                                 provide excellent animal care .
riculture Hearing in Columbus.              Ohio farmers are also at a dis-                                                   opposition does. Farmers are few.          generation of farmers. We will do
   Because California’s produce         tinct disadvantage because they                                                       Our critics are strong. And while Is-      that by staying engaged.
                                        must spread compliance costs over
                                                                                 Write a letter
industry is structured much differ-                                              Use your Christmas card                      sue 2 is not the complete answer; it is        There are just two weeks left to get
ently than Ohio’s and often includes    a shorter growing season, compared       list to send a personal                      a turning point.                           our message to the villages and cities
much larger farms, OFBF said any                         See farmerS, pg 2       note to non-farm friends and                     How society will come to terms         across Ohio.
                                                                                 family urging a “Yes” vote on Issue 2 .      with its relationship to the ani-

                                        balance Of pOwer


                                          Livestock care board checks and balances
                                                   By Seth teter                 Beth Vanderkooi said there are sever-
                                                                                 al ways that the Livestock Care Stan-        Levels of protection
                                           Issue 2 was designed to give Ohio     dards Board will be responsive to the        •	 The Ohio legislature ultimately retains authority over the reach of the
                                        voters the confidence that animal                                                        Livestock Care Standards Board .
                                                                                 needs of farmers and consumers.
                                        care questions are being effectively                                                  •	 If Issue 2 passes, lawmakers will draft implementing legislation that
                                                                                    “First of all, it is designed in such a      details the appropriate authority of the board .
                                        addressed and to give farmers the        way that we have every reason to ex-         •	 Proposals by the Livestock Care Standards Board will be subject to
                                        assurance that any animal care poli-     pect that the board members would               review through the public rule-making process .
                                        cies in Ohio will be reasonable and      advocate for reasonable animal care          •	 Members of the Livestock Care Standards Board will go through a
                                        based on comprehensive debate.           policies,” Vanderkooi said.                     public vetting process . The governor’s appointments must be approved
                                           That meant giving the proposed           The 13-member board would                    by the Senate .
                                        Livestock Care Standards Board           include family farmers, veterinar-           •	 The Livestock Care Standards Board cannot include more than seven
                                        enough leeway to make important          ians, a food safety expert, the dean            members from one political party .
                                        decisions, while also maintaining        of an Ohio agricultural college, con-        •	 The Livestock Care Standards Board will include knowledgeable Ohioans
                                        provisions that ensure protection        sumers and a local humane society               who can be expected to advocate for reasonable animal care policies .
                                        for all Ohioans.                                                                      •	 The scope of what the Livestock Care Standards Board may consider as
                                                                                                  See LiveStock, pg 2            well as its goals are explicitly laid out in the Ohio Constitution .
                                           OFBF Director of State Policy
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                                                                   Public Policy
  newsbriefs
Farm Bureau strongly opposes Boxer-Kerry climate change bill
                                                                                        Proposal would allow state-
                                                                                     inspected meat to cross state lines
                                                                                        A new U.S. Department of Ag-
   The Boxer-Kerry climate change bill introduced in the Senate includes few
                                                                                    riculture program that would allow
provisions that are friendly to agriculture and will be strongly opposed by the
                                                                                    state-inspected meat to cross state
American Farm Bureau Federation. “America’s farm-
                                                                                    lines is expected to have a big impact
ers and ranchers did not fare that well in the House-
                                                                                    in Ohio.
passed climate change bill, and they fare even worse in
                                                                                        Ohio has the second highest
the Senate bill,” said American Farm Bureau Federa-
                                                                                    number of state-inspected meat
tion President Bob Stallman. “There are few benefits
                                                                                    processing facilities in the United




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Megan Nadolski
and even greater costs to agriculture and the American
                                                                                    States, with only Wisconsin having
public.” The bill, authored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-
                                                                                    more, said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm
Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass), seeks to reduce U.S.
                                                                                    Bureau’s senior director of legislative
greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade program. The legislation
                                                                                    and regulatory policy.
would require greenhouse gas emissions to be cut 20 percent by 2020 from
                                                                                        Last month, USDA’s Food Safety
2005 levels — greater than the House bill’s target of 17 percent. Stallman said
                                                                                    and Inspection Service announced
the 20 percent target is unrealistic and will lead to higher energy bills for all                                                While meat from foreign countries can be sold in the United States if it passes
                                                                                    it would publish proposed regula-
consumers.                                                                                                                       inspection, Ohio farmers have been unable to sell state-inspected meat across
                                                                                    tions to implement a new voluntary           state lines.
                                                                                    cooperative program under which
USDA purchases pork products to help in a down market                               selected state-inspected facilities          tions but state-inspected meat can’t go   services from federally trained and
                                                                                    would be eligible to ship meat and           across state boundaries. So Brazilian     supervised state inspection personnel
   The USDA will purchase an additional $30 million in pork products
                                                                                    poultry products across state lines.         beef can enter Pennsylvania but Ohio      who would verify that the facilities
in FY 2009 for federal food and nutrition assistance programs. According
                                                                                    According to American Farm Bu-               beef can’t,” Sharp said. “Farm Bureau     meet all federal food safety require-
to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the action was taken to help mitigate further
                                                                                    reau, there are nearly 2,000 state-          has been a strong advocate for allow-     ments. Meat and poultry products
downward pressure on hog prices and stabilize market conditions. This brings
                                                                                    inspected meat and poultry plants            ing interstate shipment of meat.”         produced under the program will
USDA spending to approximately $151 million in pork products this year
                                                                                    in 27 states.                                   The proposal, created in the 2008      receive a USDA mark of inspection,
for the food and nutrition assistance program through annual appropriation
                                                                                        Federal laws prohibit state-             Farm Bill, is part of USDA’s new          allowing the products to be shipped
and Recovery Act funding.
                                                                                    inspected meat products (beef,               “Know Your Farmer, Know Your              across state lines.
                                                                                                    poultry, pork, lamb          Food” initiative, which seeks to bet-        “This is something that Farm
Dairy aid part of USDA’s new budget                                                                 and goat) from be-           ter connect consumers with local          Bureau has been pushing for a long
                                                                                                    ing sold in inter-           producers. It affects state-inspected     time, and it is one of our priority is-
   Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) announced recently that $60 million would be
                                                                                                    state commerce but           plants with 25 or fewer employees.        sues,” Sharp said.
                 used to purchase dairy products for use in U.S. public nutri-
                                                                                     ◗ Advisory     other state-inspected           “This new cooperative interstate          USDA is accepting comments
                 tion programs and $290 million would be spent in direct aid
                                                                                       Council      products such as             shipment program will provide new         about the proposed rule until Nov.
                 to dairy farmers. The money would be part of USDA’s fis-
                                                                                       questions    milk, dairy products,        economic opportunities for many           16. To submit comments online, vis-
                 cal year budget. USDA will set guidelines for the payments.
                                                                                       on page 7    fruit, vegetables and        small and very small meat and poul-       it www.ofbf.org and search for this
                 Senate and House conferees approved the agriculture appro-
                                                                                                    fish are allowed to          try establishments whose markets          article’s headline.
                 priations bill for fiscal year 2010, which provides funding for
                                                                                                    be marketed freely           are currently limited,” said USDA
                 USDA, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commod-
                                                                                    throughout the United States.                Deputy Under Secretary for Food           Paid for by Ohioans for Livestock
ity Futures Trading Commission and the Farm Credit Administration.
                                                                                        “The irony is that meat products         Safety Jerold Mande.                      Care Political Action Committee,
                                                                                    shipped from other countries are al-            Under the proposed rule, selected      John C. Fisher, Treasurer, 280 North
                                                                                    lowed in the U.S. if they pass inspec-       facilities would receive inspection       High Street, Columbus, Ohio,
Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard bad for farmers                                                                                                                         43215
   Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed by the Environmental
Protection Agency would impede the growth of the U.S. biofuels industry,                                       LiveStock from PG 1                                         OHIO FARM BUREAU OFFICERS
                                                                                                                                                                           President Brent Porteus
according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF pointed out that                                                                                                    First Vice President Steve Hirsch
                                                                                                                                                                           Treasurer Keith Truckor
EPA’s definition of “agricultural land” in the proposed regulations creates         representative. It would be chaired             Vanderkooi points to past ef-          Executive Vice President John C. Fisher
onerous land-use rules and record-keeping requirements that would bar many          by the director of the department of         forts by the Ohio Department of           Senior Vice President Organization Bob Vance
                                                                                                                                                                           Senior Vice President Public Policy Keith Stimpert
farmers from growing crops used for biofuel production and, in so doing,            agriculture. The governor would be           Health to enforce regulations on          Vice President Center for Food and
                                                                                                                                                                              Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner
would reduce the value of a great deal of American farmland. The regulations        responsible for appointing 10 mem-           Ohio’s cottage food producers such        Vice President Communications Patricia Petzel
could potentially prohibit farmers from converting pastureland or forestland        bers to the board, and his appoint-          as home bakers.                           Chief Financial Officer Irene Messmer
                                                                                                                                                                           Asst . Secretary Rachel Rittinger
to cropland to produce ethanol. “This could allow the EPA to dictate how a          ments would be subject to Senate                “The legislature stepped in and
farmer manages his or her land,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This is         approval.                                    said this isn’t reasonable, and they      BOARd OF TRUSTEES
                                                                                                                                                                           Craig Adams       Ellen Joslin        Bob Peterson
unprecedented because it could give EPA the authority to regulate and rede-            “At the national level, most of us        passed a bill that limited the author-     Leesburg          Sidney              Sabina
                                                                                                                                                                           Gale Betterly     Daryl Knipp         Joe Pittman
fine the uses of agricultural land.”                                                are familiar with the scrutiny that          ity of the Department of Health to         Richfield         Lindsey             New Concord
                                                                                    is given to Supreme Court nomi-              regulate those small-scale food pro-      Frank Burkett III Charles Lausin      Brent Porteus
                                                                                                                                                                            Canal Fulton      Thompson            Coshocton
                                                                                    nees,” Vanderkooi said. “We would            ducers,” she said. “There is a similar    Kim Davis         Randy Leis          Don Ralph
Large number of dairy cows retired from production                                  go through a very similar process to         level of protection with the Live-         Carrollton        Farmersville        Morral
                                                                                                                                                                           Patty DeBruin     Judy                Mike Schumm
   Audits by Cooperatives Working Together show a total of 225,783 dairy            appoint members to the Ohio Live-            stock Care Standards Board.”               Millersport      Loudenslager         Willshire
cows that produced 4.5 billion pounds of milk have been retired so far this         stock Care Standards board. There               If Issue 2 passes, the legislature     Nathan Ewing       Marion             Bob Slicker
                                                                                                                                                                            Waverly          Bill Lowe            Canal Fulton
year in an effort to address a supply-and-demand imbalance that has fueled a        would be an opportunity for anyone           would begin work on what’s known          Paul Harrison      Marysville         Andra Troyer
severe financial crisis in the dairy industry. Jim Tillison, CWT chief operat-      to voice concerns about a prospec-           as implementing legislation. This          Fostoria         Allen Miller         London
                                                                                                                                                                           Steve Hess         Marietta           Keith Truckor
ing officer, said still more herd reductions are possible this year due to the      tive member of the board.”                   will cover details such as the term        St . Paris       Joyce Payne          Metamora
continuing milk price squeeze farmers are in. In the most recent retirement            Issue 2 is also limited in that it only   length of board members, the scope        Steve Hirsch       Waterloo           Sparky Weilnau
                                                                                                                                                                            Chillicothe                           Milan
round, the majority of the 74,114 cows that produced 1.5 billion pounds of          creates a mechanism for Ohio to ad-          of enforcement authority and the
                                                                                                                                                                           BUCKEYE FARM NEWS STAFF
milk have been sent to processing plants.                                           dress animal care issues, and it leaves      specifics of where the board will         Editor Joe Cornely
                                                                                    the details up to the legislature.           be housed.                                Assistant Editor Seth Teter
                                                                                                                                                                           Communications Specialist Dan Toland
                                                                                       “The Livestock Care Standards                “Our full expectation is that the      Director of Art and Design Galen Ludwick Harris
                                                                                                                                                                           Graphic Designer Joyce Spangler
World will need 70 percent more food by 2050                                        Board is not above any existing gov-         Livestock Care Standards Board            Production Coordinator Gayle Lewis
    Producing 70 percent more food for an additional 2.3 billion people by          ernment body,” Vanderkooi said.              will carry out its constitutional         Production Assistant Rebecca Everman
                                                                                                                                                                           Contributor Amy Beth Graves
2050, while at the same time combating poverty and hunger, using scarce nat-        “The legislature sets the parameters         charge of setting animal care stan-       AdVERTISING
ural resources more efficiently and adapting to climate change are the main         in which the Livestock Care Stan-            dards that protect Ohio farms and         Coordinator Gayle Lewis
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investments in agriculture, further significant investment will be needed to        merated in the Constitution and              ans,” Vanderkooi said.                    BUCKEYE FARM NEWS
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                       enhance access to food, otherwise some 370 million           would be subject to a legislative                                                      Company footnotes to the 2008 Ohio Farm Bureau
                       people could still be hungry in 2050, almost 5 percent of    check on that authority.”                                                              Federation Audit: The Ohio Farm Bureau Federa-
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                                                                        Public Policy
Policy Development Committee starts annual process
    Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual
policy development process is well                                                                                                                          2009 Ofbf policy Development
under way.                                                                                                                                                  committee members
    The team charged with bring-
ing policy recommendations before                                                                                                                           Brent Porteus  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . President
Ohio Farm Bureau’s voting delegates                                                                                                                         Steve Hirsch  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .First Vice President
at the organization’s annual meeting                                                                                                                        Patty DeBruin  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee - SE
in December convened last month                                                                                                                             Don Ralph  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee - District 7
for the first of two meetings.                                                                                                                              Steve Hess  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .State Trustee - District 14
    In a meeting next month, the                                                                                                                            Gale Betterly  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee – NE Woman’s District
committee will review policy sug-                                                                                                                           Ellen Joslin  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .State Trustee - District 10
gestions from county Farm Bureaus                                                                                                                           Randy Leis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .State Trustee - District 18
and sort through which ones to car-                                                                                                                         Bill Lowe  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .State Trustee - District 11
ry through to the annual meeting.                                                                                                                           Mike Schumm  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee - District 5




                                                                                                                                  Photo by Dan Toland
    “This is the most interactive                                                                                                                           Andra Troyer  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee – SW Woman’s District
and participatory grassroots effort                                                                                                                         Keith Truckor .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee - District 1
you’ll embark upon,” OFBF Presi-                                                                                                                            Sparky Weilnau  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . State Trustee - District 3
dent Brent Porteus told committee                                                                                                                           John Brooks  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Huron County
members prior to the two-day effort                                                                                                                         Doug Martig  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Mahoning County
                                             From left, county leaders Michael Terry and Cy Prettyman review policies with                                  Cy Prettyman  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Marion County
to fully understand current issues.          OFBF State Trustee Gayle Betterly.
“A goal is to discover what should                                                                                                                          Michael Libben  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Ottawa County
rise to a level of priority for the or-                                                                                                                     Michael Bensman  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .Shelby County
ganization. We want our policies to          livestock from Steven Moeller, asso-         cies of animals and rely upon other                               Greg Garman  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Ross County
accurately reflect the views of the          ciate professor and swine Extension          experts to help determine the valid-                              Linda Benedict  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Perry County
members of Ohio Farm Bureau Fed-             specialist at Ohio State University;         ity of reported cases of cruelty.                                 Michael Vallery  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Madison County
eration for 2010.”                           David White of OFBF’s Center for                A representative of the Mid-Ohio                               Michael Terry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Champaign County
    Larry Antosch, OFBF senior di-           Food and Animal Issues; and Jenny            Regional Planning Commission                                      Doug Rhoades  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .Darke County
rector of program innovation and             Hubble of the American Dairy As-             spoke of plans to make local food
environmental policy, said the com-          sociation Mideast.                           available for central Ohio while
mittee is going about its task a bit             Jodi Buckman of the Capital Area         preserving farmland. The commis-                                 into law in July. He said the reforms                                                      children are uninsured, while 17
differently this year than in the past.      Humane Society reported there has            sion is searching for ways to help                               are financially responsible and en-                                                        percent of working adults are unin-
    “We are spending more time               been a large increase in cruelty re-         develop programs to add value to                                 sure Ohioans understand how state                                                          sured, with an increase in people ages
looking at current policies so that we       ports concerning horses since leg-           local foods.                                                     funding is utilized.                                                                       54-65 losing jobs and having trouble
have informed, engaged discussions,”         islation banned horse slaughter in              In addition, the committee heard                                 Bill Hayes, president of the                                                            finding new insurance coverage. He
he said. “We are bringing in speakers        the United States. She said local            from experts in health care and                                  Healthy Policy Institute of Ohio,                                                          also estimated that the state’s total
on specific topics and issues, not just      humane societies have faced finan-           education.                                                       spoke of the group’s plan to expand                                                        healthcare cost will increase by $114
organizations in general.”                   cial difficulties from the expenses             John Stanford, executive assis-                               research to get a better understand-                                                       billion in the next 10 years to a total
    The committee heard about pro-           associated with caring for neglected         tant of education policy for Gov.                                ing of the current status of individu-                                                     of $200 billion.
grams in place and those being devel-        horses. She said the society’s officers      Ted Strickland, outlined the school                              als with health insurance coverage.
oped for the care and well-being of          are not trained in regard to all spe-        funding reforms passed and signed                                It estimates only 4 percent of Ohio




    Young Ag Professionals lobby       Farm Bureau supporting
 members of Congress during D.C. trip restored funding to SWCDs
    More than two dozen Young                                                                                                                                  Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting                                                         tional GRF funding for SWCDs to
Agriculture Professionals got an up                                                                                                                        provisions in a bill to re-establish                                                       near-original levels. As of press time,
close look at the political process                                                                                                                        full funding for important services                                                        the bill had been introduced and has
when they visited the nation’s capi-                                                                                                                       that are regularly rendered on behalf                                                      had two hearings. Other proposals
tal last month.                                                                                                                                            of agriculture.                                                                            to close the gap in funding include
    Thirty-five people, including the                                                                                                                          According to OFBF Director                                                             increased fees for waste and tipping
Young Ag Professionals and OFBF                                                                                                                            of State Policy Beth Vanderkooi,                                                           fees for out-of-state waste coming
board and staff, went to Washing-                                                                                                                          significant cuts in the state budget                                                       into Ohio landfills.
ton, D.C. on Sept. 9-11. While                                                                                                                             earlier this year have left Ohio Soil                                                         “Services provided through
there, they met with American Farm                                                                                                                         and Water Conservation Districts                                                           Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation
Bureau Federation staff members to                                                                                                                         (SWCD) short of funding that al-                                                           Districts have produced great suc-
learn about key issues, including ani-                                                                                                                     lows them to fully carry out their                                                         cess stories for farmers who are dedi-
                                                                                                                                  Photo by Darrell Rubel




mal agriculture, water issues, energy                                                                                                                                       mission to “enable                                                        cated to the conservation of natural
and climate changes, said Darrell                                                                                                                                           Ohioans to conserve,                                                      resources,” Bankey said, outlining
Rubel, OFBF’s director of volunteer                                                                                                                                         protect, and enhance                                                      the need for SWCDs to be fully
development.                                                                                                                                                                soil, water and land                                                      funded and operational.
    “Ohio’s State Issue 2 and the de-                                                                                                                       ◗ Advisory      resources.”                                                                  According to Bankey, SWCDs
bate over the definition of navigable        OFBF's Young Agriculture Professionals stand on the steps of Capitol Hill                                        Council          Current      Ohio                                                      provide assistance to both urban
waters were the two big areas that           during a recent trip to Washington.                                                                              questions     Farm Bureau policy                                                        and agriculture land users, special-
were discussed,” he said. “They got                                                                                                                           on page 7     supports an adequate                                                      izing in soil erosion prevention
our folks riled up a bit ... that’s good.”   telling their story to lawmakers is so       may go to the aide and ask how they                                               source of program                                                         and water management. They work
    Participants also visited repre-         important.                                   should vote on something.”                                                        funding for SWCDs.                                                        directly with farmers through a
sentatives of the European Union to              “It’s not good enough to simply              Kayla Daymut, who sells real es-                             In addition to existing cost-sharing                                                       voluntary cooperative agreement
hear about how international trade           tell a congressman that they need to         tate in Guernsey County and was                                  programs for conservation practices,                                                       and provide technical assistance that
issues affect agriculture.                   support an issue. What really makes          active in 4-H, said she enjoyed the                              OFBF supports additional state-                                                            includes survey and design of grass
    The highlight of the trip was the        the difference is when a farmer says         trip and meeting with U.S. Rep.                                  funded incentives to encourage im-                                                         waterways, erosion control struc-
traditional visit with Ohio members          how something affects them person-           Zack Space.                                                      plementation of these practices.                                                           tures, surface and subsurface drain-
of Congress. Before talking one-on-          ally and doing it through a phone call           “It was a good experience. I                                     Mindy Bankey, CEO of the Ohio                                                          age, farm ponds, windbreaks, live-
one with their member of Congress,           or visit is huge,” Rubel said. “It doesn’t   learned a lot about how important                                Federation of Soil and Water Con-                                                          stock waste management facilities,
trip participants did a “How to Make         matter if you only talk to an aide be-       it is to talk to your congressman and                            servation Districts, said cuts includ-                                                     spring development for livestock,
Contact with Impact” learning ses-           cause that aide may be the congress-         how things work in Washington,”                                  ed a significant reduction of General                                                      wildlife management (through
sion. They learned why personally            man’s specialist and the congressman         she said.                                                        Revenue Funding (GRF) in Fiscal                                                            wildlife specialists) and other for-
                                                                                                                                                           Years 2010 and 2011.                                                                       estry practices.
                                                                                                                                                               Senate Bill 155, sponsored by                                                             In addition, SWCDs sponsor
                                                                                                                                                           Sens. John Carey, R-Wellston, and                                                          education and information pro-
                                                                                                                                                           Dale Miller, D- Cleveland, contains                                                        grams centered on no-till farming,
                                                                                                                                                           provisions that would provide addi-                                                        wildlife and forestry management,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pond clinics and other conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      programs.
                                                                                                                                                                       tra Storage & Container                                                           SWCDs also deliver more than
                                                                                                                                                                                Rental                                                                70 percent of the federal Farm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bill programs offered through the
                                                                                                                                                              Dayton    Units for sale $500+                                                          USDA Natural Resources Conser-
                                                                                                                                                           937.253.0004                                                                               vation Services.
                                                                                                                                                             (Can Deliver)

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          Answering                                                                                                                Telling Agriculture’s Story

        questions about                                                            Upcoming event
                                                                                      Ohio Farm Bureau is an official sponsor of the 2009
                                                                                                                                                 vember/December Our Ohio magazine. Show your Ohio
                                                                                                                                                 Farm Bureau membership card and valid photo ID to re-
                                                                                                                                                 ceive 15 percent off your total purchase in the bookstore

            H1N1
                                                                                   Fabulous Food Show, the Midwest’s largest consumer food
                                                                                                                                                 at the show. For more information, or to purchase tickets,
                                                                                   and wine show. Returning to the I-X Center in Cleveland
                                                                                                                                                 visit fabulousfoodshow.com or call 216-265-COOK.
                                                                                   Nov. 13 to 15, the show’s celebrity chefs this year include
                                                                                   Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Sandra Lee and Mi-
    Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues recently issued a                                                                       Coming in the next ‘Our Ohio’ magazine
                                                                                   chael Symon. Executive chefs and national and local food
briefing to help farmers address the H1N1 influenza virus.
                                                                                   personalities will perform, including Our Ohio contribu-         In the November/December Our Ohio magazine, read
    “There was a lot of information already available from various sources,”
                                                                                   tor Marilou Suszko Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. on the Culinary                          about edamame grower Charles Fry
said Leah Dorman, the Center’s director of food programs. “Our goal was to
                                                                                   Celebration stage. Taste, try and buy specialty and gour-                     from Seneca County, Stark County
develop a single guide to help farmers answer questions.”
                                                                                   met foods from more than 250 exhibitors in the Market                         Farm Bureau’s assistance with a vegeta-
    The one-page briefing, which includes input from the veterinary and pub-
                                                                                   Place. Sip and swirl over 250 wines in the Grand Tasting                      ble garden at the Stark County Jail and
lic health communities, includes background on H1N1and how pigs can be
                                                                                   Pavilion and get your favorite chef ’s cookbook signed at                     environmentally friendly ways to harvest
monitored and protected from the virus. It was distributed during Farm Sci-
                                                                                   the Celebrity Autograph Pavilion. Don’t forget to stop by                     timber, plus meet Muskingum County
ence Review.
                                                                                   the Ohio Farm Bureau booth #105 in the Market Place                           farm couple Rob and Bobbi Vernon and
    “We are not seeing the 2009 H1N1 virus being spread from pigs to people.
                                                                                   and see a great performance on the Taste of the Neighbor-                     enjoy recipes using cheese.
The risk is that people would spread the virus to the animals or others,” Dor-
                                                                                   hood Stage. Ohio Farm Bureau members can get special
man said.
                                                                                   discounts for the show. Receive $2 off admission by pur-
    Symptoms of H1N1 in pigs can include sudden fever, depression, cough-                                                                        ‘Our Ohio’ TV season five update
                                                                                   chasing tickets online with promo code OFB2 or show-
                 ing, discharge from the eyes or nose, sneezing, breathing dif-
                                                                                   ing your Ohio Farm Bureau membership card at the I-X             Season five of Our Ohio kicks off the week of Nov. 7
                 ficulties, eye redness or inflammation and going off feed.
                                                                                   Center Box Office. Tickets are $27.50 at the door; parking    with features on Blue Jacket Dairy in Logan County, Mey-
                    Hog farmers are encouraged to intensify existing bio-se-
                                                                                   is $8. Members also can enjoy a half-priced appetizer in      er Hatchery in Ashland County, fall on the farm.
                 curity protocols through practices such as limiting access to
                                                                                   the Fabulous Bistro with the voucher coming in the No-
 ◗ Advisory      barns, enforcing strict leave policies for workers who have de-
   Council


                                                                                                                   cOunty news
                 veloped influenza like symptoms, maintaining proper ventila-
   questions     tion and temperature in barns, not sharing equipment with
   on page 7     other farms, isolating new animal arrivals and providing work-
                 ers with training and protective equipment including gloves,
safety goggles and a properly fitted N95 respirator.
    “A lot of people think a dust mask is a dust mask,” Dorman said. “The N95
respirator has a filter that can reduce the risk of transmitting small particles   Fairfield County business                                     Ohigro donated the seed and chemicals, and the Lehner
                                                                                   communities come together                                     family supplied the equipment needed to harvest the
such as viruses.”
                                                                                      Bringing business leaders and farmers together in a        crop. Through this cooperative effort, the Buckeye Valley
    The briefing is also intended to help farmers share factual information
                                                                                   cooperative manner was the purpose of the first annual        FFA will be able to help provide food to many individu-
about the H1N1 virus.
                                                                                   Fairfield County Agriculture Update held recently at the      als and families in Delaware County who are in need.
    “This is not a food issue, but it’s the perception that it’s a food issue
                                                                                   county fairgrounds. More than 200 individuals were in         “This is a great community project that will really help
that concerns us. When the media refers to H1N1 as swine flu, consumers
                                                                                   attendance for this special event, which started off with     the less fortunate of Delaware County,” said Meghan
may question the safety of pork. But this is in no way a food safety issue,”
                                                                                   an omelet breakfast.                                          Lehner, former Buckeye Valley FFA president and proj-
Dorman said.
                                                                                      “The partnership that we helped to forge between the       ect coordinator.
    To access more frequently asked questions about H1N1, visit www.ofbf.
org and search for this article’s headline.                                        farm service business community and the general busi-
                                                                                   ness community in Fairfield County are just the right         Displaying an agricultural presence
 A.T.A.C. LLC. “POND SPECIALIST”                                                   kind of bridges that need to be built as we look to share     at the Stark County fairgrounds
    Fountains/Aeration • Lake Management                                           the farmer’s story with more and more people in our              Stark County Farm Bureau, with support from the
     Fish Stocking • Water Garden Supplies
                 Aquatic Plants                              FOR SALE:             community,” according to John Torres, Fairfield County        Stark County Agricultural Society, developed a new in-
                                                                                   Farm Bureau’s organization director.                          teractive agricultural and Farm Bureau promotion at the
Visit our new fish                           Triploid White Amur, Bass,                                                                          Stark County Fair. The renovation of the old commercial
hatchery in Lebanon, Ohio                    Bluegill, Catfish, Crayfish,
                                                                                   Delaware FB and local FFA chapter                             building into the new agricultural exhibit resulted in tens
Call for a free catalog                         Jumbo Tadpoles, etc.
                                                                                                                                                 of thousands of dollars of partner funding and contribu-
1-888-998-7663                                       Also available:               join forces to fight hunger
                                                 Fountains and windmills                                                                         tions, and over 60 volunteers helping to staff the display.
                                                                                      The Delaware County Farm Bureau introduced the
                                                                                                                                                 Part of the staffing came from Nationwide employees at
                                                  Fender’s Fish Hatchery           Buckeye Valley FFA Chapter to the Farmers Feed Our
                                                     and Llama Farm                                                                              the Nationwide Insurance Canton Service Center.
                                                 50527 Township Rd 220,
                                                                                   Needs program, and now the proceeds from 12 acres of
                                                     Baltic, OH 43804              soybeans are earmarked to help a local food bank. The
    See our website www.atac.cc
                                                      740-622-0681                 Delaware County Farm Bureau made contributions,




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                                                                   organization
natIOnwIDe news
                                                                                                                          MAY We INTRODUCe…
  Accident ‘forgiveness’ can                                                                         “Farm Bureau to me is an organization that truly, truly has the ag community’s

  mean significant savings                                                                          best interest at heart. They are truly watching out for farmers’ productivity and are
                                                                                                                       mindful of regulations that come against them.”

    Accidents can happen to the safest drivers. And when they do, safe drivers’                                              ~ Ron Warnock, Guernsey County
auto insurance rates can rise by as much as 30 percent. Plus, accidents and
violations could affect your insurance rates for up to three years.                    For the past 10 years, Ron Warnock has been a Guernsey County Farm Bureau member, serving the last two years
    Nationwide’s Accident Forgiveness program, however, rewards safe drivers        as the county president. He and his wife, Vickie, help operate a 30-head cow-calf operation on a farm that Warnock’s
who happen to have an accident, which can mean significant savings for safe         father has owned since the 1950s. He has worked at the Coshocton Grain Elevator for nine years.
drivers with otherwise good driving histories.                                                            He has traveled to Washington, D.C. with Ohio Farm Bureau twice to see how the political
    Nationwide even extends Accident Forgiveness to teen drivers on the same                           process works.
insurance policy.                                                                                         “The value of an organization like Farm Bureau is that is constantly stays on top of legislators to
    To qualify for Accident Forgiveness, drivers need to be insured with Nation-                       get laws passed that help protect agriculture’s interest,” said Warnock, who has been part of OFBF’s
wide for at least five years and accident-free for the past three years. Some re-                      membership and public policy teams.
strictions may apply, so check with a Nationwide agent for more details.                                  Warnock is a graduate of Buckeye Trail High School and has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling
    Contact a nearby Nationwide agent and ask for an On Your Side Review                               Green State University in business management. He attends Clearfork Baptist Church.
to determine the coverages you need and the discounts you can get as a Farm                               Warnock said State Issue 2, the growing deer population and membership are some of the
Bureau member insured with Nationwide.                                              Warnock
                                                                                                       biggest issues for the Guernsey County Farm Bureau this year.
                                                                                       “We’ve been working diligently on Issue 2, speaking to local civic groups, getting signs out and answering
   Below are additional ways you          Good Student car insurance discount       questions,” he said. “Since this is a rural area, I think we have more consumer understanding of the importance
 may be able to save money with           Get up to a 15 percent discount           of agriculture.
 Nationwide .                             on your auto insurance when your
                                          teen earns a B average or above on
 Accident-free auto insurance discount    a report card .                                                   “The farmers in my area are the hardest working folks you will ever
 Save up to 10 percent if you have at
                                                                                                            meet, but they are always willing to give their time for agriculture.”
 least five years’ driving experience     Long-term policyholder
 without an at-fault accident .           car insurance discount
                                          Save up to 15 percent on your                                                 ~ Betsy Anderson, organization director
 Farm Bureau member discount
 As an Ohio Farm Bureau member,
                                          auto insurance if you are insured                                       for Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties.
                                          with Nationwide for at least five
 you automatically save up to 10
                                          years . Save up to 5 percent if you          For the past 25 years, Betsy Anderson has been a familiar face in eastern Ohio for Ohio Farm Bureau. She is an
 percent on your car, home and
                                          are insured with Nationwide for at        organization director, serving as a liaison between OFBF and Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties.
 farm insurance .
                                          least three years .                          Previously, Anderson worked as a substitute teacher in vocational agriculture. She graduated from Mount Vernon
 Home and car insurance discount                                                                       High School in 1980 and from Ohio State University four years later with a bachelor’s degree in
                                          Life and car insurance discount
 Combine and save by getting a
                                          Save up to 5 percent on your auto                            agriculture communications and agriculture education.
 discount on your auto insurance
 policy when you insure your home,
                                          insurance policy when you purchase                               Anderson and her husband, Charlie, have been married for 25 years and live in Quaker City on
                                          life insurance from Nationwide .                             a farm in Guernsey County. They have a contract hog finishing operation with 1,000 head capac-
 condo or apartment .
                                          Passive occupant restraint                                   ity. They have two sons, Austin, who is a junior at Buckeye Trail High School, and A.J., who is in
 Multi-car insurance discount                                                                          Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.
 Insure more than one vehicle with        car insurance discount
                                          Save when you insure a vehicle with                              She attends Salesville Church of Faith, is treasurer of the Buckeye Trail Pigskin Group and is an
 Nationwide and save up to 20                                                                          active member of the Blue Star Mothers Chapter No. 12 and Buckeye Trail Athletic Boosters.
 percent .                                full front-seat airbags or restraint      Anderson
                                          devices that work automatically                                  “I love the people I get to work with,” she said. “Farm Bureau members care about their com-
                                          when your door closes .                   munities, their county and what is going on around them. That’s not found everywhere. It makes a big difference when
                                                                                    they become involved in a project.”




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    on    yOuR behalf                                                                  Advisory Councils have new
       Here are some additional activities in which
       your support of Farm Bureau helped strengthen
       agriculture and rural Ohio.
                                                                                        platform to discuss issues
2009/2010 Farm                                Leadership development is                                     Grassroots program now
                                                                                                        featured in Buckeye Farm News
                                           key for Farm Bureau’s success ➠
Bureau Goals                               OFBF met with representatives
Market Farm Bureau to achieve              from Walsh University and Strive
membership growth                          leadership program to promote
                                           the Leadership Buffet concepts,                 With a new Advisory Council sec-          a single topic. Buckeye Farm News
Increase grassroots involvement                                                        tion (See page 7), Buckeye Farm News          is mailed 16 times per year and
                                           workshops and to showcase Farm
by creating a volunteer-friendly                                                       is now home to an important part of           will have discussion questions that
                                           Bureau’s unique approach to devel-
Farm Bureau                                                                            Ohio Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy          reflect the wide scope of issues in
                                           oping grassroots leadership. OFBF
Expand relations with                      also provided special training ses-         development process.                          which OFBF is involved. This will
Nationwide and other affinity              sions through the Leadership Buf-               The addition is designed to make          give Advisory Councils more op-
organizations                              fet to county boards on the topic of        the Advisory Council program                  portunity to focus on topics that are
                                           “Developing SMART Goals” and                more prominent and accessible to              timely and important to their com-
Promote farming and the
                                           “Involving New Volunteers.”                 all members and to elicit feedback            munity.
agbioresource industry
                                                                                       on a variety of current topics.                   “Advisory Councils will have
Influence the adoption of OFBF                Helping teachers understand                  Building on a more than 70-year           flexibility to discuss the topics most   ◗ Articles marked with the Advisory
and AFBF policy                            the agbioresource industry ➠                history, the Advisory Council pro-            relevant to their members while            Council logo, will have corresponding
                                           OFBF gave a presentation at the             gram consists of small groups of              providing information on an array          discussion questions in the ‘Speak
Speak out and stand up for animal
                                           New Albany Schools in-service day           Farm Bureau members who meet                  of current issues,” Henney said. “In       Out’ section.
agriculture and the food industry
                                           for teachers, sharing a real-world          regularly to discuss farm and rural           addition, Farm Bureau members
Protect personal property rights           biotechnology experiment for                issues. The input they provide is             who are not involved in Advisory
                                                                                       reviewed by OFBF’s public policy              Councils will be able to follow im-      ing for a honey baked ham will also
Engage members in the 2009                 GMO soybeans.
                                                                                       team to help guide the policy de-             portant council discussions through      be continued.
and 2010 elections                                                                                                                                                               “To meet the needs of all of our
                                              Promoting Issue 2 through the            velopment process. OFBF has 450               Buckeye Farm News.”
            Link Up                        media ➠ OFBF worked on media                Advisory Councils, which serve as a               Advisory Councils will have the      members, we need to think beyond
                                                                                                                                                                              a one-size-fits all approach,” Hen-
                                           outreach with OFBF members, the             sort of book group for                                      option to submit their
   Connect with Ohio Farm Bureau on                                                    policy issues.                                              responses through the      ney said. “By including the Advisory
                                           Ohioans for Livestock Care cam-
     Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
                                           paign and local, state and national             “Advisory Councils         “We hope to mail or online as they                      Councils in Farm Bureau’s primary
 Visit www.ofbf.org and click on “media                                                                                                                                       member publication, we hope to
  and publications” then “social media.”   reporters in support of Issue 2.            are clearly an impor-          attract more have always done. The                      attract more interest while also pro-
                                                                                       tant part of what Farm                                      councils will be pro-
                                              Answering the call of mem-               Bureau does,” said           interest, while vided with general re-                    viding more options.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 To join or create an advisory
                                           bers ➠ OFBF assisted members on             Chris Henney, OFBF           also providing sponse sheets that they                    council, contact your local organiza-
                                           rights and responsibilities related to      director of legisla-                                        can use throughout the
                                           existing mining operations and envi-        tive relations. “We are      more options.” year.                                      tion director.
                                                                                       excited to put a new          ~Chris Henny, OFBF                Responses from Ad-        OFBF is also creating a discussion
                                           ronmental issues, dealing with EPA
                                                                                       focus on the program          director of legislative       visory Council discus-     forum on its Facebook page where all
                                           officials concerning an off-site haz-
                                                                                       through the Buckeye                        relations        sions will be featured     members are welcome to join in real
                                           ardous waste spill, understanding
                                                                                       Farm News.”                                                 in upcoming editions       time policy discussions. Visit www.
                                           rights related to a rails-to-trails proj-
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                                                                                       sory Councils received 10 council             just as had been done in monthly         and click on the Discussions tab.
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                               Advisory
                                Councils: Speak Out




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Interstate Meat Shipment                  to their local towns.  Wages were        the family farm or other family busi-
    Will you or someone you know          a living wage, not so many minimum        ness.  It used to be that kids could
benefit from this change in policy?       wage jobs.  Wartime industries,          graduate from high school and get
If yes, please describe what new op-      auto industries, local retail, grocers    good paying jobs in the steel mills,
portunities will become available for     and bars.  Essential services were       etc. The only jobs left seem to be low
the livestock and meat processing         all there; from clothes to restaurants.   paying service industry jobs.
industry.                                 Prosperity made school levies pass


                                                                                                                                Voters to decide
    Do you think this will provide con-   easier.  Downtown area was busy –           In light of the changes of our 21st
sumers with more or less confidence in    no malls, no franchises, no big chain     century economy, what do we need
the meat products they purchase?          grocery stores.  Day and night,          to change to make our county seats

                                                                                                                             veteran compensation,
                                          downtowns were busy, clean and safe.      and urban areas vibrant and vital
H1N1 Questions                             Family owned stores, soda shops,        again?  More jobs – skilled and
                                          less crime, theaters and clothing         unskilled.  Bring back and sup-

                                                                                                                                gambling issues
   H1N1 continues to receive a lot
of media attention. It is often mis-      stores.  You could buy everything        port small business.  Change our
identified as “Swine Flu” and this        you needed on Main Street.  Each         tax structure.Return to commu-
has caused confusion among many           businessman supported the other           nity and neighborhood schools,
consumers. What can we, as an ag-         businessmen.  Our economy was            mom and pop stores and local bus
                                          based on small businesses that were       transportation  Give smaller busi-         Two state issues that voters          state Issue 3
ricultural community, do to ensure                                                                                           Nov. 3 will be deciding deal with
that the media, the consumer and          operated by an owner who cared            nesses the same tax abatements as                                                     Issue 3 would amend the Ohio
                                          about his/her customers.  We had         given to bigger industries.  Bring      compensation for military veterans
government agencies are using the                                                                                                                                     Constitution to allow for one casino
                                          manufacturing jobs rather than ser-       back the jobs that moved out of the      and casinos in four Ohio cities.
proper terminology?                                                                                                                                                   each in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Co-
                                          vice only jobs.                           USA  Need a diverse economic               While Ohio Farm Bureau has not
                                                                                                                                                                      lumbus and Toledo and distribute a
                                                                                    base. Get back to basics. Learn         taken an official position on either
SWCD Funding                                                                                                                                                          tax on those casinos to each county
                                              Why are young adults leaving our      to live within your family’s means.      one of these issues, members are en-
   How will you or members of your                                                                                                                                    in Ohio. Licensed casino operators
                                          towns today? What has changed from        Recycle, take care of the land and be    couraged to closely study the issues
council be affected if Soil & Water                                                                                                                                   would be required to pay a $50 mil-
                                          the past to today that causes them        self sufficient. Learn to be a neigh-    before going to the polls, said Beth
Conservation District funding is                                                                                                                                      lion fee to be used for state job train-
                                          to leave?  Jobs, jobs and more           bor again and build a strong sense of    Vanderkooi, director of OFBF’s
not restored? Please share examples                                                                                                                                   ing and to make a minimum initial
                                          jobs!!!  Lack of economic diver-         community.  Regulations need to         state policy.
of help you’ve received from your                                                                                                                                     investment of $250 million in their
                                          sity, new technology and no oppor-        change so small businesses can come         “One of the goals of Ohio Farm
county SWCD.                                                                                                                                                          facility. It would permit approved
                                          tunity to join the family business.      back.  We need to save tax dollars      Bureau is to provide political educa-
                                                                                                                                                                      types of casino gambling authorized
                                          Pay is lower in rural areas.  Our        by going to a regional government        tion for members on all issues and
A selection of responses from                                                                                                                                         by Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana
                                          young people are more mobile and          instead of wasting money on du-          not just ones that we take a stance
                                                                                                                                                                      and Pennsylvania as of Jan. 1, 2009
the September 2009 guide                  better educated.  Farming is hard        plicate jobs.  More people going        on,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                      or “games subsequently authorized
Restoring Prosperity to Ohio              work; income for self employed            to church; people shouldn’t be so           Below are summaries of state Is-
                                                                                                                                                                      by those states.”
    Picture back to a time when your      farmers is lower.  Young people          greedy.  Don’t make it so hard for      sues 1 and 3 provided by the state
                                                                                                                                                                          Passage of Issue 3 would autho-
county seat or nearby urban area was      don’t want to start out at the bottom     small businesses to operate.             secretary’s office (Issue 2 would cre-
                                                                                                                                                                      rize the casinos to be open 24 hours
vibrant. Describe the qualities that      and work up.  Specialty profes-                                                   ate the Ohio Livestock Care Stan-
                                                                                                                                                                      a day, seven days a week. Casino fa-
made it prosperous.  Family orient-      sions require relocation to larger cit-                                            dards Board).
                                                                                                                                                                      cilities would be “subject to all state
ed Ma & Pa stores. People didn’t trav-    ies.  Companies transfer people;           november Honeybaked                                                             and local laws and provisions related
el as far and there was more loyalty to   individuals must go where a job is          Ham winners: Top B's Advisory                                                   to health and building codes, but
local merchants.  Bus and streetcar      available.  The ones who stay here                                                state Issue 1
                                                                                      Council, Delaware County                                                        that no local zoning, land use laws,
transportation.  People were loyal       are involved as business partners in                                                   Voting yes on Issue 1 would al-      subdivision regulations or similar
                                                                                                                             low the state to issue $200 million      provisions shall prohibit the devel-
                                                                                                                             in bonds to provide cash bonuses for     opment or operation of the casinos
                                                                                                                             Ohio veterans who served during          at the designated sites.”
                                                                                                                             the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and
                                                                                                                             Iraq conflicts. If approved, the con-    Arguments provided by the
                                                                                                                             stituional amendment would take          Secretary of State’s Office
                                                                                                                             effect immediately and be in place
                                                                                                                             until Dec. 31, 2013.
                                                                                                                                                                      For Issue 3:
                                                                                                                                                                         Supporters say it will create 34,000
                                                                                                                             Arguments provided by the                new jobs and produce $11 billion in
                                                                                                                             Secretary of State’s office              economic impact over five years for
                                                                                                                                                                      Ohio. They say it will generate $651
                                                                                                                             For Issue 1:                             million a year in tax revenue to be
                                                                                                                                 Supporters say it is a “much-        shared by all 88 counties, the eight
                                                                                                                             deserved ‘thank you’ to Ohio’s ser-      largest cities and every Ohio public
                                                                                                                             vicemen and women.” Ohioans who          school district. The $200 million for
                                                                                                                             fought in the Persian Gulf, Afghani-     state job training program will “put
                                                                                                                             stan and Iraq could receive $100         Ohioans back to work.” Having Issue
                                                                                                                             per month of service, not to exceed      3 pass also will help keep money and
                                                                                                                             $1,000, while those stationed in         tax revenues in Ohio because more
                                                                                                                             other locations during those con-        than $1 billion leaves the state every
                                                                                                                             flicts could receive $50 per month       year when Ohioans travel to neigh-
                                                                                                                             of service, not to exceed $500.          boring states to gamble.
                                                                                                                                 Issue 1 would also offer a $5,000       Supporters also noted that the
                                                                                                                             death benefit to the families of sol-    AFL-CIO, Ohio State Building
                                                                                                                             diers killed in the line of duty. Sup-   Trades Council, Fraternal Order of
                                                                                                                             porters say passing Issue 1 would        Police and many local labor organi-
                                                                                                                             “continue a longstanding Ohio tra-       zations have endorsed the plan.
                                                                                                                             dition of supporting our veterans.”
                                                                                                                                                                      Argument against Issue 3:
                                                                                                                             Against Issue 1:                            Opponents point out that Ohio
                                                                                                                                Opponents say now is not the          voters have already said no to casino
                                                                                                                             time to have the government take         gambling four times before. They
                                                                                                                             out more debts to provide compen-        say “nothing in Issue 3 requires ca-
                                                                                                                             sation to vets. “While this may be       sino operators to build anything. No
                                                                                                                             a worthwhile and noble endeavor,         revenues get paid to the state if no
     Lancaster                 London             Washington CH              Wilmington               Marion
                                                                                                                             the state of Ohio should not be go-      one builds in a city.” They say Ohio’s
  (800) 805-7914           (800) 659-5646         (800) 643-7720           (800) 984-6543         (866) 389-5458             ing further into debt,” they say. They   casinos would pay a lower percent-
                                                                                                                             also argue that the money could be       age of their profits than casinos in
                                                                                                                             retained by taxpayers who have suf-      most other states and that the Ohio
                                                                                                                             fered during the economic down-          legislature would not be able to im-
                                                                                                                             turn. “This money could be used          pose a higher tax rate.
                                                                                                                             by taxpayers for their own purposes         They also say “border states
                                                                                                                             or used for other plans and directly     would dictate to Ohio” because Is-
                                                                                                                             helping people in need.”                 sue 3 says Ohio would be forced to
                                                                                                                                                                      offer games approved in the future
                                                                                                                                                                      by Michigan, West Virginia, Indi-
                                                                                                                                                                      ana and Pennsylvania.


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                                                                    noteworthy
 Farmers honored for conservation efforts
   Five farm families were honored
for their long-standing dedication
to natural resource conservation
during ceremonies at the Farm Sci-
ence Review. The annual award is
sponsored by the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources (ODNR) Di-                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moroschan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  receives crop
vision of Soil and Water Resources,
Ohio Farmer magazine and Ohio
Farm Bureau.
   The program recognizes farm
families for their exemplary efforts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    advising
of conserving soil, water, woodlands,
wildlife and other natural resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     award




                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Lynn Snyder
on the land they farm.                                                                                                                                                                                                               David Moroschan of Seneca
   In addition to receiving $400                                                                                                                                                                                                  County recently received Ohio
each from Ohio Farm Bureau, the                                                                                                                                                                                                   Farm Bureau’s annual Excellence
families also are featured in the Sep-                                                                                                                                                                                            in Crop Advising Award.
tember issue of Ohio Farmer and                                                                                                                                                                                                      Moroschan was described by
                                          From left, Don Smith, Larry and Betsy Moore, Barbara Sinn, Kathy and Steve Frankenburg (front) and the Michel
receive plaques from Hancor Inc.          family (back).                                                                                                                                                                          his nominator as having a “work
Ohio Farmer has sponsored the Ohio                                                                                                                                                                                                ethic and commitment to his cus-
Conservation Farm Family Awards           installed 3,000 feet of grassed wa-             development, grassed filter strips,                        trict in developing a Comprehen-                                             tomers that has been unmatched
since the program’s inception.            terways, three livestock heavy-use              no-till, conservation tillage and                          sive Nutrient Management Plan for                                            by any other consultant.”
                                          areas and has reseeded more than                cover crops. The Michels assisted                          their farm. Other practices include                                             OFBF and the Ohio Certified
Families honored                          20 acres of pasture. Additional con-            the Soil and Water Conservation                            2.7 acres of quail habitat to enhance                                        Crop Adviser Program present
    Barbara Sinn operates a diverse       servation techniques being utilized             District (SWCD) with the 2007                              wildlife and the installation of sub-                                        the award to a crop adviser who
farm in Defiance County. Major            include following a grazing manage-             Elected Officials Tours by provid-                         surface drainage.                                                            has performed superior service
crops include corn and soybeans.          ment plan, crop rotation and no-till.           ing a stop for Muskingum County                               Larry and Betsy Moore operate                                             for farmer clients in nutrient
Conservation techniques used in-          Don has been a district cooperator              elected officials, as well as state Sen.                   a diverse farm in Ross County. Ma-                                           management, soil and water man-
clude no-till, crop rotation, filter      for more than 24 years and is also a            Joy Padgett.                                               jor crops include corn, wheat, beans                                         agement, integrated pest manage-
strips, grassed waterways, wind-          member of Ohio Farm Bureau.                         Steve and Kathy Frankenberg                            and hay. Conservation practices uti-                                         ment and crop production.
breaks and 10 acres of wetland res-          The Michel Family (Don, Paul,                farm more than 440 acres in Shelby                         lized include no till, crop rotation,                                           “With the increasing farm
toration. Barbara has been a district     Gene, Dennis and Nancy Peck)                    County. Major crops include corn,                          grassed waterways and both grass                                             size, complexity of management
cooperator for nine years, and her        farm more than 1,300 acres in                   soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Dairy                         and forested filter strips. Fencing has                                      options and increasingly complex
late father, Vance Sinn, was a district   Muskingum County that includes                  cows also are raised. Conservation                         been installed to prevent livestock                                          regulations, we foresee farmers
cooperator for 47 years before her.       crops, pasture and cattle. The Mi-              techniques include conservation                            from entering streams and woodlots.                                          relying more and more on the ad-
    Donald Smith farms more than          chels have installed numerous con-              tillage, cover crops, no-till, grassed                     Management techniques utilized on                                            vice of specialists who are Certi-
1,900 acres in Portage County. Ma-        servation techniques over the years,            waterways, filter strips and wind-                         the 80-acre woodlots include grape-                                          fied Crop Advisers (CCAs),” said
jor crops include soybeans, corn,         including: three animal waste stor-             breaks. Steve has worked with a for-                       vine control, crop tree release, select                                      Larry Antosch, OFBF senior di-
wheat and hay. Cattle also are raised.    age facilities, roof runoff manage-             ester to manage timber for sale and                        harvesting and seeding log roads to                                          rector of program innovation and
To reduce erosion problems in the         ment at two sites, installing 18,800            improve the existing timber stand.                         grass and legumes for hiking and                                             environmental policy.
crop fields and pastures, Don has         feet of subsurface drainage, spring             They also have worked with the dis-                        running trails.




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