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The Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast gets to the heart of what is happening throughout Ohio agriculture. Hear about important issues impacting Ohio Farm Bureau members and their communities as Ty Higgins visits with a wide variety of experts who cover farming, farm policy and food production across the value chain.

Latest Episode

Advancing Soybean Production

The Ohio Soybean Council’s collaboration with soybean researchers at The Ohio State University is identifying smarter, safer ways to advance soybean production. Learn about some of the projects on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, learn all about Ohio Farm Bureau's new Advocacy in Action policy leadership resources.

February 18 • 15m 28s

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Advancing Soybean Production

The Ohio Soybean Council’s collaboration with soybean researchers at The Ohio State University is identifying smarter, safer ways to advance soybean production. Learn about some of the projects on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, learn all about Ohio Farm Bureau's new Advocacy in Action policy leadership resources.

February 18 • 15m 28s
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Safety Congress and Target Training

There are many important aspects that make a farm tick. Weather, markets, technology and people come to mind. Safety is another major component to a farm’s success. Learn all about the 2024 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo on March 27-29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus get details about American Farm Bureau's Target Training in Columbus March 21 – 23 for members from any state who are passionate about sharing the story of agriculture with the general public.

February 11 • 17m 56s
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Tips for Young and Beginning Farmers

Setting goals, creating a business structure, managing liability, estate planning and taxes may not sound all that fun, but they are all necessary when young and beginning farmers are getting started. Learn more about these tips from the pros at Wright and Moore on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, Ohioans will be treated to a rare phenomenon this spring when viewing of a total solar eclipse will be viewable for much of the state. Ohio Farm Bureau's Policy Counsel, Leah Curtis shares some of the concerns this might bring up for landowners.

February 4 • 18m 55s
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Energy and Trade Outlooks

Wars, strikes and low water levels are just some of the issues hampering trade for agricultural commodities. What have the impacts been and how long will they last? Ohio State's Dr. Ian Sheldon talks trade on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus OSU's Dr. Brent Sohngen gives his 2024 Energy Outlook.

January 28 • 17m 23s
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The Lowdown on High Tech in Ag

Self-driving tractors, cow-milking robots and cover-crop-seeding drones are just a few examples of the advancements farmers are using to be more efficient, more precise and more sustainable in all aspects of agriculture. Where is tech on the farm going and what is next? Ohio State's Dr. Scott Shearer has some insights on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

January 21 • 17m 25s
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Drones Taking Over the Farm

It wasn't long ago that a drone at a field day would turn every head. Now, they are becoming common in agriculture in quick time. Find out what you need to know if a drone is in your farm's future from the FAA's Drone Guy, Kevin Morris on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

January 14 • 15m 10s
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Trucking Guide and Grain Bin Safety Awards

The Farmers Guide to Trucking Regulations is a new resource, exclusively for Ohio Farm Bureau members that includes a farm driver checklist, overview of both state and federal regulations and exemptions, facts about CDL qualifications, details on inspections, load regulations, hazardous materials, emergency response information and more. Learn more about it on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, more rural Ohio fire departments are getting life saving tools and training for grain bin entrapments from Nationwide. Find out how your local fire department can get involved and equipped.

January 7 • 10m 52s
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Preserving Farms for the Next Generation

Farm Labor continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture. Each year, Ohio State takes a look at the farm workforce picture and what the sector can expect moving forward. Dr. Margaret Jodlowski has the details on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, author and American Farmland Trust's Brooks Lamb will preview his upcoming talk at the Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience as he shares his story of starting a farm career in a very challenging time.

December 31 • 24m 33s
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A Winter Leadership Preview with Mitchell Hora

Coming down from high farm incomes, high commodity prices, and rising land values and cash rents in the last 3 years, the ag economy is showing signs of weakening and moderation. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, Ohio State's Ani Katchova gives her 2023 Farm Income Outlook. Then, soil health enthusiast Mitchell Hora checks in to talk about his message to participants of the upcoming Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience.

December 24 • 20m 23s
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County Fairs Rewarded for Community Support

Attendees at 64 county fairs across Ohio collected a lot of food to benefit more than 65 food banks as part of Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer, a state-wide food drive contest sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st. Get the 2023 results on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, an expert from Nationwide talks about maximizing the tax-savings from the employee benefits of a farmer’s spouse who works off the farm and learn about a one-day certification program designed to empower Farm Bureau members with the necessary skills and resources to effectively present in classrooms.

December 17 • 24m 42s
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105th Annual Meeting Recap

Farm Bureau members, official delegates and guests were all part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 105th Annual Meeting. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, get a recap of the policies that were set by the delegate body, find out who was recognized for their contributions to Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio agriculture and hear from Ohio Farm Bureau's president, Bill Patterson and executive vice president, Adam Sharp as we highlight their addresses to members.

December 12 • 53m 38s
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Keeping the Family in Farming

Family is an important aspect of any farm's success, but it can also be a factor that hampers progress. Jolene Brown, a featured speaker at the upcoming Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience, gives a preview of what she will be sharing with attendees when it comes to having those tough conversations that could make or break a farms forward progress. Plus, the Ohio Soybean Council is working with other state soybean groups to develop programs and ideas to help their members sell more beans. Get all of the details on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

December 10 • 26m 5s
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Winter Could Challenge Ohio's Electric Grid

Ohioans were on the brink of blackouts during the harshly cold temperatures in December of 2022. Ohio's Electric Cooperatives' CEO, Pat O'Loughlin discusses the possibilities of blackouts again this winter and what his organization is doing to keep members informed should the power grid be pressed again. Plus, experts from Stone X will be hosting a webinar to go over a few common marketing scenarios farmers have recently faced or may face in the near future. Get a preview on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

December 3 • 16m 47s
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Leading the Standardbred Race

Ohio is the #1 horse breeding state in the country and has more registered standardbred horse owners than any other state. The Buckeye State often leads the way for Standardbred breeding and those numbers are once again on the rise. Get an update on Ohio's racing horse industry from Renee Mancino, executive director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Plus, for the last of a 4 part webinar series on farm labor, Ohio farmer Mark Ruff and industry consultant Michael Hoffman will outline the importance of a positive culture in employee engagement. Get a preview on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

November 26 • 19m 8s
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The Golden Owl Award and a CAUV Update

The Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Ohio for their tremendous contributions to helping the next generation of agricultural leaders. Ohio Farm Bureau, along with our partners at Nationwide, the Ohio FFA, Farm Credit Mid-America and AgCredit are proud supporters of this award and you can nominate your favorite ag teaching now. Get all the details on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, lots of news coming out about CAUV values increasing in 2024, so we will talk about it with Leah Curtis, Policy Counsel with Ohio Farm Bureau.

November 19 • 12m 41s
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The Corporate Transparency Act and Agriculture

The new Corporate Transparency Act requires that millions of businesses, including many farms and agribusinesses report their ownership to the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and could provide a burdensome reporting requirement. Ryan Conklin and Jonathan Cottingim from Wright and Moore have the details on who needs to file. Plus, Ohio Farm Bureau's Leah Curtis has quality information that will help landowners manage their property, particularly when it comes to zoning and trespassing.

November 12 • 20m 20s
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Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast Special - Policy Development

Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the 2023 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December. Two of the members of this year's committee, OFB State Trustee John Bolte and Morgan County Farm Bureau leader Krysti Morrow, talk about the policy development process and some of the topics they are discussing in their respective sub-committees.

November 9 • 5m 17s
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Highlighting New Landowner and Farmer Resources

The Ohio Landowner Toolkit, a resource exclusively for Ohio Farm Bureau members, has been updated. Get a glimpse into some of the topics covered in the Toolkit from Ohio Farm Bureau's Policy Counsel, Leah Curtis. Then, David Marrison from Ohio State gives details of how he and his team will be helping farmers navigate the new farm bill, once it is passed.

November 5 • 19m 25s
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Finding Healthcare Savings in Agriculture

Each year, farm fires cause more than $100 million in losses and damage to crops, animals, buildings and other property. We talk fire prevention on the farm with Nationwide on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, hear how you might save money on health coverage from two participants of the Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan.

October 29 • 18m 25s
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Ohio's Collegiate Farm Bureaus

Recently, Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters from The Ohio State University and Wilmington College paid a visit to the Ohio Farm Bureau state offices in Columbus to share what their respective groups are doing to carry the important work of Farm Bureau at the college level and to learn how they can continue that work after their school days are over. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, meet the presidents of each chapter as Ty visits with Raegan Feldner from Ohio State and Delaney Weisend from Wilmington.

October 25 • 11m 5s
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Navigating H2A and Ohio Soy Uses Worldwide

Ohio farmers representing the Ohio Soybean Council recently went to Egypt on a trade mission. They got to talk to buyers about U.S. Soy and get an up close look at how our soy is used in the Egyptian market. Learn what they found on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, get a preview of the next Labor Webinar that will focus on the process of bringing H2A workers to the farm.

October 22 • 13m 56s
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Concerning Air Quality Rule Proposals

When it comes to agriculture policy, we talk a lot about water quality and soil quality, but there is some concern about conversations regarding air quality rules. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, learn about proposed stricter air standards that would impact farmers from farm policy expert Brandon Kern and the National Association of Manufacturers' Brandon Ferris.

October 15 • 14m 55s
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ODOT Leaders Get Input from Farmers

Union County Farm Bureau member Mark Seger is a farmer and a project manager for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 6. Find out how he is sharing agriculture's concern about infrastructure development on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, Wright and Moore's Ryan Conklin talks about the distinction between legal problems and people problems.

October 8 • 14m 37s
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CFAES Enrollment Pilot Project Results

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has found success with a new pilot for enrollment called the Buckeye Agricultural Leadership Pathways (BALP) program to bring more students into the CFAES fold. Learn more about the program from Dean Cathann Kress on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, could offering a retirement savings option be the solution to help your operation stand out to perspective employees? A Nationwide expert talks about how to attract farmworkers with retirement savings plans.

October 1 • 24m 34s
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Creative Ways to Retain Farm Employees

Finding employees for your farm is one thing, but retaining those employees remains one of farmers’ greatest challenges as the competition for available farm workers intensifies and what they need in order to stay on the payroll changes. That will be the topic of discussion during an upcoming webinar. Get a preview on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

September 24 • 6m 51s
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A Young Ag Professionals Update

Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer program, Young Ag Professionals, provides community, leadership development, and professional growth opportunities for members who are 18-35. This is a busy time of year for our Y.A.P. program. Get an update on the latest happenings on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, Hundreds of Ohio agricultural businesses have a little bit more of a healthy outlook now that they participate in the Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan. But we want to help even more people have access to Anthem’s affordable healthcare through this plan. Anthem joins Ty to talk about how the partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau works and why it's so valuable for members.

September 17 • 16m 37s
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Estate Tax Alert and Farm Science Review

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has had many positive impacts for American families, including when it comes to a substantial Estate Tax exemption. However, that exemption and many others will sunset at the end of 2025. Find out what Ryan Conklin with Wright and Moore is telling his clients in order to prepare accordingly. Plus, get a preview of this year's Farm Science Review with the show's manager, Nick Zachrich on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

September 10 • 15m 8s
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Ohio State's AgTech Innovation Hub

Changes in the frequency and severity of droughts and floods brought on by climate volatility are real threats to farmers, ranchers and the world as they could make it more difficult to grow crops and raise animals in the same ways and same places as they have been done in the past. To help the agricultural industry meet the ever-changing concerns of its stakeholders, Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide and The Ohio State University have collaborated to form the AgTech Innovation Hub. Learn more about it on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

September 3 • 18m 11s
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Farm Labor Challenges and New Resources

Finding and retaining skilled farm workers is a challenge. Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide have created a new collection of labor resources to help farmers understand the long-term implications of the labor shortage and provide solutions that will help position your farm business to better attract, hire and retain farm employees. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, learn more about these resources and an upcoming webinar series to help you find creative ways to recruit farm employees.

August 27 • 14m 21s
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A Future without Glyphosate

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the United States and has proven to be an effective, cost-efficient weed control tool that has enabled farmers to add conservation practices to millions of acres. But what would a future without glyphosate look like? Aimpoint Research dove into that question and on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, they share the answers. Plus, hear from Andrako Insurance and find out why 630 agricultural businesses throughout the state are seeing real benefits through the Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan.

August 20 • 28m 14s
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Talking Soybeans in the Field and Classroom

Policy, agronomy, checkoff related issues and the latest artificial intelligence technology in action will all be a part of the Ohio Soybean Hometown Tour. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, we visit the first stop on the statewide tour and visit with a teacher using resources from the soybean checkoff-funded GrowNextGen program.

August 13 • 16m 58s
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A Farm Bill Update

Going back almost 100 years, the farm bill has become an integral part in keeping America’s food system strong and reliable. Today, Agriculture’s role in providing food security, and in turn national security, to the United States is more important than ever. And now, work on the next farm bill has started during a period of volatility on every front – political, economic and beyond. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, find out more about the Farm Bill, the current status of it and what the general public thinks of the farm legislation.

August 6 • 28m 7s
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Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast Special - Rural Ohio and Issue 1

As August 8th inches closer, more Ohioans are starting to pay more attention to Issue 1, which will be on the ballot for the special election. To talk more about the Issue and what is at stake for rural Ohio and Ohio agriculture, Ohio’s Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, joins the Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

August 3 • 6m 49s
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Ohio Agriculture in a Changing Climate

Throughout history, climate impacts on crop production are notable. Crop yields have been impacted by past weather extremes of droughts and floods. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, learn about climate trends for Ohio over the past century and what future climate conditions Ohio farmers should be prepared for. Plus, get mower safety tips from Ohio BWC and find out the most important things people need to know before they get on a mower.

August 1 • 21m 51s
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A Preview of the 2023 Ohio State Fair

The 2023 Ohio State Fair kicks off July 26th and runs through August 6th. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, find out what not to miss at this year's fair, including the Land and Living Building, hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau, the Dean's Charity Steer Show on August 1st and the shows, food and fun that are synonymous with The Ohio State Fair!

July 23 • 27m 45s
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Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast Special - Issue 1

Issue 1, a ballot initiative that would modify the process for approving constitutional amendment proposals, will be considered on August 8th. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast Special, find out why Ohio Farm Bureau supports this measure and how its passage would protect Ohio agriculture.

July 19 • 21m 27s
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Trimble Tech Labs at Ohio State Highlight Precision Ag

Trimble has announced that the Ohio State University will establish two state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Labs for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast learn all about how these multidisciplinary labs will enhance Ohio State's teaching, research and outreach activities in food and agricultural engineering and construction management. Plus, if you are thinking about switching to a new crop in your operation, Nationwide has tips to manage the risks of that decision.

July 16 • 20m 8s
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Soybean Plant Research Results

Soybeans account for nearly 5 million acres of crop production in Ohio, making it the most planted crop in the state and the most lucrative from an economic standpoint by bringing in over $4 billion annually to Ohio’s bottom line. That makes research and development at the local level, supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, so important. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, hear from an Ohio State researcher who is constantly working to make improvements to soybean production to benefit Ohio soybean farmers. Plus, learn about a free Farm Marketing Webinar from StoneX that will help farmers through a challenging marketing environment and get an update from Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals.

July 9 • 22m 29s
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Saving Money on Energy and Healthcare Costs

The price of everything is going up. Many Ohioans are doing a double take when they see their latest electricity or healthcare bills as rates have gone up considerably. What is the cause of these rate hikes and how can Ohio Farm Bureau members see if they are getting the best deal for their energy and health care needs? Find out on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

July 2 • 23m 10s
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How Ohio Agriculture and Amazon Connect

Immersing the Ohio Farm Bureau staff in new and upcoming technologies in agriculture has been a main focus in recent years and one such field trip had them learning about how dairy cows are fueling Amazon trucks and how important Columbus is as a hub for agricultural commerce around the world. Hear all about it on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus learn about considerations farmers should make when it comes to how they approach the machinery replacement.

June 25 • 20m 53s
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Big Plans for Waterman at Ohio State

Waterman at The Ohio State University is getting quite a few additions and upgrades over the coming years to attract more students who want to be involved in the food system. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, learn about the new Controlled Agriculture Research Complex and other big plans for the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resource Laboratory. Plus, it is a record year for FCMA's Patronage Program. Get the details here.

June 18 • 20m 41s
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A Convergence of Farm Bureau Leadership

When it comes to protecting agriculture on a national scale, Ohio Farm Bureau works closely with our counterparts at American Farm Bureau. Leaders of AFBF recently visited The Buckeye State to hear about some of the successes and challenges the Ohio Farm Bureau has had in recent months. Hear from leaders of both organizations on this Ohio Farm Bureau podcast.

June 11 • 29m 26s
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An H2Ohio Update

Get an update on the H2Ohio water quality initiative and hear what the goals are for the program moving forward. Plus, find out what a cost-benefit analysis says about the funding allocated to farmers taking part in the initiative on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

June 4 • 23m 16s
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The Growing Forward Program

On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, learn more about Farm Credit Mid-America’s Growing Forward™ program for young, beginning and small farmers. Plus, get tips on selling your products direct to consumers from OFBF Policy Counsel, Leah Curtis.

May 28 • 12m 25s
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Fighting for Reliable Electricity in Ohio

The topic of reliability of electricity has become increasingly concerning to Ohio’s co-ops as the number of baseload power generation sites has been reduced dramatically in the past 15 years - from 21 coal plants in Ohio to now just 4. Pat O’Loughlin, the President and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, talks about the issue and what his organization is sharing with policy makers at the state and federal levels. Plus, get an Ohio Farm Bureau policy update from Brandon Kern.

May 21 • 30m 36s
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Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer and ShockAvoid

How will your county fair stack up in this year's Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer contest? Find out all about the Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st contest, now in its 3rd year, on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, meet Mark McLaren as he shares his creation, ShockAvoid and how it helps equipment operators avoid electrical infrastructure and prevent electrocution.

May 14 • 18m 48s
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AgriPOWER and OFB Pilot Project to Deliver Value

Learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau's leadership and advocacy development program, AgriPOWER, from two recent graduates. Plus, find out how a new pilot project is helping to deliver a new level of service to Ohio Farm Bureau members in northwestern Ohio.

May 7 • 25m 13s
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Farm On Course for Beginning Farmers and an OHHA Update

A new online farm management course offered by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will help Ohio’s beginning farmers qualify for the requirements of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program. Learn more about it and get an update from the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

April 30 • 20m 31s
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Ohio Grown Bourbon Featured in New Seed to Sip Video Series

We have all heard of “farm to plate” and “field to fork”, but some of the commodities grown in Ohio are for something that comes in a glass. Ohio Liquor recently launched their Seed to Sip video series, highlighting the food chain for a bottle of Ohio bourbon. Find out more about it and learn what new election laws in Ohio mean for you next time you head to the polls.

April 18 • 32m 25s
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Drones in Agriculture and Planting Safety Tips

From planting cover crops to weed control to scouting plant health, drones are becoming more of a necessity and less of a novelty each year. So much so that an Ohio implement dealer has signed an agreement with a drone manufacturer to help farmers, no matter the size and scope of the farm or drone experience, to begin using the latest technologies drones offer. Find out more about the use of drones in agriculture on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast. Plus, as dust begins to fly across Ohio, we will have some planting season safety tips to make sure the start of the new crop year goes off without a hitch.

April 16 • 22m 55s
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Dairy Pricing Reform

Prompted by a call from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to get as many people involved in dairy as possible in one room to discuss solutions to Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) shortfalls, the American Farm Bureau Federation hosted a forum last October in Kansas City, Missouri. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, hear from Ohio Farm Bureau members who took part in the event, which resulted in some positive conversations and new policy for dairy pricing moving forward.

April 10 • 30m 35s
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Ohio's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit

Years in the making, and thanks in large part to the ongoing efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau, the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit is now available to those who’ve recently entered the field, as well as those who help beginning farmers. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, Ty visits with the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Tracy Intihar, beginning farmer Katie Hodges and the co-sponsors of HB95, the bill the created the tax credit, Reps. Susan Manchester and Mary Lightbody.

April 2 • 14m 34s
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Food Grade Soy, Farm Finances and Nuisances

Ohio soybeans have many uses. We often hear about industrial uses of soy, but many of the soybeans grown in the Buckeye State are of the non-GMO, food-grade variety. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, Ty visits with a farmer-leader with the Ohio Soybean Council to talk about his experience planting food-grade soybeans and the opportunities that exist for other Ohio farmers to do that same. Plus, get the details of Ohio State’s Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute and hear from Nationwide about attractive farm nuisances and the importance for the landowner to work with a specialist who can best identify the risks and put a protection plan in place.

March 26 • 24m 28s
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Senators talk farm bill, trade with Ohio Farm Bureau leaders

Nearly 80 Ohio Farm Bureau members made the annual trip to the Nation's Capital to visit with lawmakers about issues taking shape in Washington that will impact Ohio agriculture. County Farm Bureau Presidents heard from Senators J.D. Vance and Sherrod Brown during the trip and found out where they stand on some of those issues. Hear their comments on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

March 19 • 32m 20s
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Biosecurity and Lessons from HPAI

Ohio had the 3rd largest outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in 2022 and that has all livestock organizations sharing even more information and resources when it comes to biosecurity. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, Ty visits with guests at the 2023 Ohio Pork Congress, including Ohio Pork Council President Nick Seger and State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Summers, who says there were some valuable lessons learned from HPAI that can be utilized across all of Ohio's livestock sectors.

March 12 • 22m 18s
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Fostering Tomorrow's Ag Workforce and StoneX Webinar Details

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is committed to inspire and educate the next generation of farmers, ensuring the progress and prosperity of Ohio's agriculture far into the future. They carry out that mission by creating pathways for young people to learn about the variety and viability of careers in agriculture. On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, we get a Foundation Update as we talk scholarship deadlines, upcoming ExploreAg camps and more. Plus, learn about a StoneX grain and oilseed outlook webinar exclusively for Farm Bureau members.

March 5 • 15m 39s
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Building A Farm Brand on Social Media

On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, hear from four young entrepreneurs on how they have built their personal brands and businesses to leave a lasting legacy. They shared their insights with Ty Higgins during a panel discussion at the Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. Expert panelists include Dr. Sarah Ison, Dr. Marissa Hake, Kristin Patterson and Rebecca Dalton.

February 26 • 40m 47s
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Celebrating FFA Week and Grain Bin Safety Week

On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to bringing new agriculturalist into the industry and protecting those on the farm today. Jessica Parrish, Executive Director of the Ohio FFA Foundation and Ohio FFA State Vice President at Large, Luke Jennings share details about National FFA Week and Give FFA Day and how you can support the next generation of the agriculture workforce. It is also Grain Bin Safety Week and nominations are now open for the 10th annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest from Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau. Paul Stevenson, Senior Risk Management Consultant at Nationwide shares how efforts to get more life-saving equipment to rural fire departments are making a big difference. Then, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague joins Ty to talk about the AgLINK program and how farmers can save on their 2023 input costs with lower interest rates on their operating loans.

February 19 • 26m 24s
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Local Soybean R&D Adding Value Worldwide

When it comes to Research and Development, the Ohio Soybean Council is taking matters into their own hands with a laboratory in Ohio created to specifically find new uses for soybeans and add value to the commodity for growers across the country. Learn more as Ty visits with OSC's Jerry Bambauer and United Soybean Board Vice Chair Steve Rinehart.

February 12 • 28m 13s
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The Future of Ag Tech and Pesticides

The technology component of agriculture is exciting but whether it is hardware, software or crop protection, it comes with some challenges. Ty visited with speakers from the OABA Industry Conference to find out more. Guests include OABA President and CEO Chris Henney, Mitch White with Raven and Syngenta's Dave Flakne.

February 5 • 25m 3s
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Ohio Agriculture in the Mainstream Media

It’s a figure that’s been tossed around a million times. Less than 2% of the population is involved in agriculture. That means over 98% of Americans don’t know much about food production, but they are becoming more and more curious. Telling the story of Ohio agriculture has been a focus for one mainstream media outlet in Ohio. This week on the Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, Ty Higgins visits with Spectrum News 1 anchor, Chuck Ringwalt, about a weekly segment that tells the story of Ohio’s farmers and rural communities.

January 29 • 20m 30s
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Protecting Yourself from Scammers

Every day, thousands of unassuming Americans are tricked into revealing confidential information. Savvy criminals want your information, so they can commit identity theft or fraud, which can be avoidable if you take the right precautions. Host Ty Higgins visits with the cybersecurity team from Nationwide to share what tactics are being utilized to steal your identity and your money and how you can protect yourself from these malicious attacks.

January 25 • 26m 45s
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Ohio's Contest and Policy Wins at AFBF

Farm Bureau members from around the country came together as “Mi Familia” for the 104th American Farm Bureau Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier this month. President Zippy Duvall opened the convention with an encouraging keynote address highlighting the good work members are doing to advocate for the farm bill and other important policies, in addition to educating students about agriculture and telling farmers’ stories. Hear his address, find out what policies were adopted by AFBF that came directly from Ohio Farm Bureau members and celebrate all of The Buckeye State's successes on this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast.

January 18 • 27m 13s
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Inflation and Energy Watch Outs for Ag

The cost of everything is higher, but what is actually causing that? Ohio Farm Bureau's Ty Higgins talks inflation, supply chain, pandemics and Ukraine with Ohio State's Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy, Dr. Ian Sheldon. He also gets a long-term look at energy and the role carbon markets will play on the ag economy and in the competition for land from Ohio State professor, Brent Sohngen.

January 11 • 19m 9s
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Weather and Labor Forecasts

Weather and labor are two very important aspects of agriculture. What does the future of both look like? Ohio Farm Bureau's Ty Higgins talks about the weather with Ohio's state climatologist Aaron Wilson, who gives a short and long-term outlook. He also visits with Ohio State Assistant Professor Margaret Jodlowski about the outlook for ag labor and the new look of getting and maintaining a workforce.

January 4 • 20m 27s
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The 104th Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Ohio Farm Bureau members celebrated “Our Legacy, Our Future” as the organization held its 104th annual meeting earlier this month in Columbus. Nearly 370 delegates from all 88 Ohio counties established the organization’s policy goals for the coming year, recognized county Farm Bureau and individual achievements and honored industry leaders. On this Our Ohio Weekly, we will recap this year’s annual meeting of Ohio’s largest farm organization. 00:00 - Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president, addressed the organization’s members and partners at the 104th annual meeting in December. 23:50 - The Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience is coming up next month in Sandusky. YAP State Committee member Bailey Elchinger shares some details in this To the Beat of Agriculture. 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of state and national policy, Brandon Kern, talks about some of the main policies that come from Ohio Farm Bureau's 104th Annual Meeting. He also covers the latest Renewable Fuels Standard numbers from EPA and the effort to allow for sales of E15 year round. 42:20 - A request by the State of Ohio to transfer certain regulatory responsibilities covering Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to the Ohio Department of Agriculture was recently denied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Anti-animal agriculture groups claimed this as a win but, in reality as Ohio Farm Bureau policy counsel Leah Curtis explains, it didn’t change a thing about the livestock permitting process in Ohio.

December 18 • 48m 8s
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A Harness Racing Review and Winter Leadership Experience Preview

With an economic impact for Ohio worth nearly $1.5 billion, the equine industry is a big money maker for the state. Ohio has a horse population of about 306,000, making it the 6th most populous state in the country when it comes to horses. It also has the 6th most horses per square mile of land in the country with that number being over 7. That stat continues to grow at a galloping rate. On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about Ohio’s standardbred industry with the Executive Director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and get all of the details about the 2023 Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. 00:00 - Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Executive Director, Renee Mancino, recaps the 2022 season and how sports wagering with impact the racing industry in Ohio. 16:50 - Young Agricultural Professionals committee member Sara Tallmadge gives a preview of the 2022 Winter Leadership Experience and talks about some of the highlights of this year’s event. 23:50 - On the latest “To the Beat of Agriculture, hear from a member of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals, Jonathan Zucker from Marion County, as he shares his family farm background and gives a sneak peak into this year’s YAP Winter Leadership Experience. 32:20 - One of the most popular speakers each year at the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience is Ben Brown. Formerly an economist at Ohio State, Brown will make the trip to Sandusky in January from the University of Missouri to share his knowledge. 42:20 - The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has opened up the application process for their new Safety Intervention Grants. BWC’s Bruce Loughner discusses how folks in the ag industry can take advantage of these grants and shares some examples of past recipients.

December 4 • 48m 8s
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The Golden Owl - Honoring Ohio's Agricultural Educators

Agricultural educators across the country devote countless hours, and often their own resources, to positively impact the lives of their students. Nationwide, along with Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio FFA recognizes the state’s Ag Educator of the Year with the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy and, along with it, $3,000 in funding to help bring new opportunities to their programs. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet this year’s winner, Barrett Zimmerman and find out how to nominate the next Golden Owl recipient. 00:00 - Brad Liggett, president of Agribusiness at Nationwide and Barrett Zimmerman, 2022 Golden Owl Award winner talk about the amazing work of ag educators in Ohio and how they are being recognized. 23:50 - On the latest “To the Beat of Agriculture”, hear from a member of the Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee, Jaclyn DeCandio, as she tells us about the upcoming Winter Leadership Experience and gives just a few reasons as to why you should consider taking part. 32:20 - Now that the election season is over, we are entering into the Lame Duck Session for Ohio’s Senate and House. What are some of the issues Ohio agriculture is keeping an eye on during this interesting time in Ohio politics? Ohio Farm Bureau’s directors of state policy, Evan Callicoad and Stephan Shehy tell us. 42:20 - Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the 2022 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The policy committee consists of 10 members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus. Mike Bensman of Sidney and Scott Bugg of Union County talk about their involvement and some of the tough issues they are tackling on behalf of Ohio Farm Bureau members.

November 20 • 48m 9s
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A Conversation with Congressman Bob Gibbs

At the end of his term in January 2023, Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-07) will be retiring after over a decade in Washington, D.C. Gibbs is the only former state Farm Bureau president to be elected to Congress, and recently Ohio Farm Bureau's Ty Higgins made a trip to Gibbs' northeast Ohio farm to visit about his time in public office and how it all started with his involvement in Farm Bureau. 00:00 - Congressman Bob Gibbs shares his Ohio Farm Bureau story and his path to serving in the U.S Congress. 16:50 - Congressman Bob Gibbs talks about his biggest accomplishments while serving in the U.S. Congress and the role reversal of visiting D.C. as a Farm Bureau member to a member of Congress. 23:50 - On the latest “To the Beat of Agriculture”, hear from a West Dayton cattle farmer about his farm to table operation and how a couple of decommissioned golf courses started a non-profit that benefits Ohio Food Banks. 32:20 - Morgan Meyer, Ohio State University Collegiate Farm Bureau President, Megan Roell, Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureau President, and Abigail Schwartz, Wright State University Lake Campus Collegiate Young Farmers President talk about why they are involved in Farm Bureau at the collegiate level and what their organizations are doing to get more young people signed up. 42:20 - Solving problems and reducing risk with healthy soils will be the focus of an upcoming Farmer Advocates for Conservation Farmer Networking Event, December 14th in Findlay. Stephanie Singer, the Agriculture Outreach Project Manager with The Nature Conservancy has the event details.

November 6 • 48m 9s
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Nationwide Agribusiness

As Ohio Farm Bureau’s biggest and best partner, Nationwide offers Farm Bureau members solid coverage and exceptional customer service on a wide range of products, including just about everything it takes to make a farm successful. On this Our Ohio Weekly, we will visit with Nationwide Agribusiness associates about how they are on the forefront of agriculture innovations, their new department focusing on larger operations and how they take risk management to the next level. 00:00 - Brad Liggett, President of Nationwide Agribusiness, talks about the priorities that he and his team have as they work with farmers and agricultural companies across the country. 16:50 - One of the newest additions to the Nationwide Agribusiness structure is a Large Farm Department. Justin Owens, Director of Commercial Lines Underwriting and Emily Berrier, Associate Vice President of Farm Underwriting have the details about this new department. 23:50 - Erin Cumings, Senior Consultant of Sponsor Relations for Nationwide Agribusiness talks about how being a farmer helps her relate to Nationwide policyholders the company services. 32:20 - Supply chain and inflation is having an impact on the insurance industry. Nationwide’s Vice President of Agribusiness and Commercial Lines Claims, Nickolas Andersen shares what policyholders should keep in mind as these challenges persist. 42:20 - Many Nationwide Agribusiness associates, including their Manager of Risk Management Consulting, Emily Atwood, are farmers. She shares how her knowledge of agriculture feeds her career in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

October 23 • 48m 9s
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Andy "Caygeon" Junkin - Stubborn.Farm

Keeping family on the same page when it comes to planning out the next months, years or generations of the farm is not for the faint of heart, but this week’s guest, Andy "Caygeon” Junkin is helping many farms by doing the heavy lifting for these weight conversations. Junkin is widely recognized as the leading expert on farm succession and farm debt turnarounds, having written five books and spoken in 14 states on the topic. 00:00 - Stubborn.farm’s Andy “Caygeon” Junkin talks about how he got started helping farm families work through tough issues that would otherwise be the detriment of the farm. 23:50 - On the latest To the Beat of Agriculture hear from the Vice President of the Mahoning County Farm Bureau and learn how his family’s generational conservation efforts have led to a recent recognition at this year’s Farm Science Review. 32:20 - Andy “Caygeon” Junkin discusses what trends he is seeing when it comes to farms that are struggling to continue due to family dynamics and challenging economic conditions. 42:20 - Hanna Fosbrink with the Ohio Beef Council and the Beef Checkoff talks about her organization’s recent programs that have been driving the demand for beef.

October 16 • 48m 9s
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The 2022 Washington D.C. Leadership Experience

Ohio Farm Bureau’s farmer leaders including young agricultural professionals, AgriPOWER Class XIII members and county presidents and vice presidents visited Washington, D.C. last month. Over the three day trip, participants heard from experts and in turn voiced their thoughts to help legislators make the connection between what is happening on Ohio farms and what is being debated in the halls of Congress and within federal agencies. We cover some of the highlights of the trip on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Senator Rob Portman addressed attendees of the 2022 Washington D.C. Leadership Experience and talked about his farm in southwest Ohio and some of the issues those within agriculture are facing today. 16:50 - Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, visited with Ohio Farm Bureau members about the process of learning what is important as the 2023 Farm Bill begins to take shape. 23:50 - On the latest To the Beat of Agriculture meet John Hummel and hear about how his lifelong passion for agriculture resulted in him winning Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2022 Outstanding Young Farmer award. 32:20 - Senator Sherrod Brown also heard from Ohio Farm Bureau members about input costs and other inflationary pressures they are dealing with at the farm level. 42:20 - JD Vance, candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, has been named a Friend of Farm Bureau by the organization’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC). Vance talks about what he is learning from farmers as he travels the state to talk about how agriculture is impacted by decisions made at our nation’s capital.

October 2 • 48m 9s
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Our Ohio Weekly: Solar Energy in Ohio – Part 2

The U.S. Department of Energy defines community solar as any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups. To talk more about contracts, liability, taxes and eminent domain around solar energy, Our Ohio Weekly host Ty Higgins brings back Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Energy Policy and Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy counsel, Leah Curtis. 00:00 - Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Energy Policy and Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy counsel, Leah Curtis talk about community solar leases, how eminent domain fits into the solar discussion and how your tax situation may change if you become involved in a lease. 23:50 - On this week’s To the Beat of Agriculture, hear the story of a man, recently crowned a champion, who comes from a family steeped in the rich tradition of auctioneering. 32:20 - The 2022 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee has begun their work of collecting and organizing public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and will present the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Policy Development, Dr. Larry Antosch discusses some of the issues the committee will be tackling. 42:20 - Ohio State University Extension is offering up more opportunities for adults and teens to take FREE Mental Health First Aid classes. Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist, Tuscarawas County OSU Extension has the details.

September 25 • 48m 9s
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Solar Energy in Ohio - Part 1

Solar energy in Ohio has been, pun intended, a pretty hot topic over the past few years as more and more landowners in all parts of the state are being approached about signing leases to utilize their property to collect energy from the sun. That growing interest in the Buckeye State has led to difficult discussions, tough decisions and a divide in opinion across the countryside. On this Our Ohio Weekly, we talk all things solar with two Ohio Farm Bureau experts. 00:00 - Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Energy Policy and Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy counsel, Leah Curtis talk about the current issues around Ohio’s solar industry and what Farm Bureau members need to know before signing an agreement. 23:50 - On this week’s To the Beat of Agriculture, you’ll hear from a Butler County farmer who was recently elected to the U.S. Grains Council and about the type of impact that organization makes not only in Ohio, but across the world. 32:20 - Earlier this month, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was detected in a backyard flock in Ashland County and a commercial chicken flock in Defiance County. Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, Dr. Dennis Summers, shares what other poultry farmers should do to protect their flocks and if there is a health concern for consumers. 42:20 - The host of the Ag State of Mind Podcast, Jason Medows, was in Highland County to share his thoughts on farm stress and mental health. He gives his perspective on the stigma of the topics in agriculture and what role the younger generation plays in continuing the conversation.

September 18 • 48m 8s
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A Preview of the 60th Farm Science Review

Ohio State’s Farm Science Review, which turns 60 this year, plans to highlight its decades of providing valuable information to farmers and producers, while focusing on continuing to educate for the future. The premier agricultural education and industry exposition is set for Sept. 20–22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London. Hosted by Ohio State's College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the 60th FSR will focus on “Embracing Time and Change.” Get a preview of the show on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Nick Zachrich, manager of Farm Science Review, talks about all of the exhibits, activities, field demonstrations and other highlights of this year’s show. 23:50 - On this week’s To the Beat of Agriculture, we’ll hear the story of a farm in eastern Ohio whose history with conservation led to a much deserved award. 32:20 - Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will be set up at this year’s Farm Science Review to visit with attendees about hearing protection on the farm. BWC’s Administrator Stephanie McCloud talks about their FSR presents and things to think about when it comes to safety during harvest season. 42:20 - There will be plenty to talk about with Ohio Farm Bureau at this year’s Farm Science Review. Farm Bureau’s Adam Carney shares what you will find when you stop by the corner of Beef and Friday.

September 11 • 48m 9s
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Ohio EPA's Proposed TMDL for Northwest Ohio

A TMDL, or Total Maximum Daily Load determines the maximum amount of a given pollutant that can be discharged into a body of water and still allow that water body to meet its water quality goals. One such TMDL is being put together right now by Ohio EPA for a big chunk of northwest Ohio, the Maumee River Watershed. On this Our Ohio Weekly learn more about how TMDLs work and what this new one could mean for Ohio agriculture. 00:00 - Joshua Griffin, Ohio EPA Environmental Specialist talks about Ohio’s newest TMDL, the development process and impacts on northwest Ohio. 16:50 - Ohio Farm Bureau’s Sr. Director of Policy Development & Environmental Policy, Dr. Larry Antosch, talks about Farm Bureau’s involvement in the TMDL process and the organization’s overall policy on TMDLs. 23:50 - “To the Beat of Agriculture, hear from the C.O.O of a family farm in Jeffersonville. Learn about his sister, Gail Betterly and the incredible gift of a Nationwide life insurance policy she left for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation after her passing. 32:20 - Nothing says “I love you” like a prenuptial agreement, but they are becoming an important piece of farm plans. Ryan Conklin, an attorney with Wright and Moore, explains why he is seeing more of these agreements put in place before the knot is tied. 42:20 - The Farm to School program through Ohio State Extension has been working with farmers, collaborating with community leaders and connecting students with local food and nutrition education for decades. Farm to School’s program assistant Haley Scott explains what the program is all about.

September 4 • 48m 9s
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AFBF's Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum

In December 2021, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requested that the dairy industry “get in a room” and work collaboratively to build consensus and find solutions to Federal Milk Marketing Order shortfalls. He specified that “the only way this works for the industry is to do the hard job of listening to one another.” In response to his request, the American Farm Bureau Federation is hosting an industry-wide dairy conference to discuss dairy pricing and meaningful changes to the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. Find out more about the Forum on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - American Farm Bureau is giving the dairy industry a chance to talk about pricing and meaningful changes to the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. The Forum will be held on October 14th-16th in Kansas City. AFBF economist Danny Munch shares the details. 16:50 - Ohio Farm Bureau recently filed two amicus briefs in prominent court cases. One being Ohio Power v. Burns case, an eminent domain case at the Supreme Court level here in the Buckeye State and the other being Columbia Gas of Ohio v. Bailey Family/Arno Renner Trust. Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis shares more about OFBF’s involvement. 23:50 - This week’s “To the Beat of Agriculture” brings up to a Groveport farm that is home to a growing goat yoga operator (amongst other things). But more than that, Harrison Farm is about planting seeds of perseverance that will sprout when the time comes. 32:20 - Farm Credit Mid-America’s Growing Forward program for young, beginning and small farmers plays a critical role in the shared purpose to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture. Farm Credit Mid-America’s Hilary Poulson shares how the program provides this important segment of customers with access to sound and constructive credit through individualized programs and products. 42:20 - Over the next few weeks, Allen and Van Wert County Farm Bureaus will be inviting kids of all ages to channel their “inner farmer” and drive a tractor on the fairgrounds track. Organization Director Jessica Vandenbroek has all of the info on Kids Dream Days.

August 21 • 48m 9s
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The Future of American Farmland

Agricultural lands in the U.S. grow an astounding array of food, fiber, biofuels, and other raw materials. This abundance has made the U.S. one of the most food secure nations in the world. Yet it can also mask vulnerabilities. For too many Americans, it is easy to brush off farmland loss or view it as inevitable. This puts our future at risk according to American Farmland Trust’s newest Farms Under Threat 2040 Report. The report focuses on the unsustainable impacts of development on American farmland and it quantifies what our nation could lose if sprawling development continues—or save through more compact growth—by the year 2040. Find out more about this report on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - American Farmland Trust Midwest Regional Director Kristopher Reynolds shares what trends are showing us for farmland loss across the country and how Ohio falls into the mix. 16:50 - American Farmland Trust has mapped out three scenarios for the future of farmland across the country. Reynolds talks about what they all would mean. 23:50 - On this “To the Beat of Agriculture” we continue to spotlight Ohio Farm Bureau state trustees. This week we’ll hear from a Farm Bureau representative from the Northwest part of our state. He’ll tell you about his family background and how he grew his grandfather’s farm into the operation it is today. 32:20 - An Ohio Farm Bureau pilot project will test a unique combination of staffing and service delivery over eight counties instead of the typical four-county model. Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of membership, Paul Lyons, talks about the project’s focus and goals. 42:20 - Sackett v. U.S. EPA is a water case under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Ohio Farm Bureau recently joined with other state Farm Bureaus to file an amicus brief with the court. Leah Curtis, policy counsel for Ohio Farm Bureau has the details.

August 7 • 48m 9s
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Conservation Priorities in Ohio

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)has announced a second round of funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Cover Crop Initiative. The program provides an investment of $38 million to 11 states, including Ohio, to help agricultural producers mitigate climate change through the adoption of cover crops. This second round of funding expands program eligibility to all state producers. On this Our Ohio Weekly, we will learn more about this program and the many other conservation initiatives being prioritized by NRCS. 00:00 - Ohio’s new State Resource Conservationist with NRCS, Eric Schwab talks about the natural resource priorities NRCS has in the state, and how partners and producers have made a measurable impact. 16:50 - Cathann Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences talks about her reappointment to the post and Delaware County Farm Bureau member Kelly Harsh discusses her reelection to the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board. 23:50 - On this “To the Beat of Agriculture” we continue to spotlight Ohio Farm Bureau state trustees. This week we’ll hear from the District 3 representative for the Ohio Farm Bureau. She’ll share her memories from growing up on a dairy farm and how she eventually transitioned the farm to beef cattle. 32:20 - Benefit in the Barn is coming up on August 20th. The event, hosted by Delaware and Union County Farm Bureaus, brings the community together to raise awareness and funds for neighbors in need. Doug Loudenslager has the details. 42:20 - Can you trim a tree overhanging the property line? Who is liable if a tree from a neighboring property falls and damages your property? Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis answers the most common questions about Ohio laws regarding trees and property rights.

July 31 • 48m 9s
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An Ohio State Fair Preview

After a two-year hiatus, The great Ohio State Fair is back this week! The 167th edition of the fair will have everything that we are used to when it comes to walks through the barn, the iconic butter cow, some deep-fried food on a stick, concerts, music, Smokey Bear and so much more. It is a very busy time for fair manager Virgil Strickler and assistant manager Alicia Shoults, but they take some time to tell us everything we need to know before getting back to the giant slide, sky glide and foods we have never tried. 00:00 - Virgil Stricker, General Manager of the Ohio State Fair and Alicia Shoults, Assistant General Manager give all of the details of what to see and do when you visit the 167th Ohio State Fair, July 27th through August 7th. 23:50 - On this week’s “To the Beat of Agriculture”, hear from a man who left his career to work alongside his father-in-law on the farm. Learn how he became involved in Ohio Farm Bureau and the skills he acquired through Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program. 32:20 - When you are at the Ohio State Fair, you don’t want to miss the Land and Living Building, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau. This year’s State Fair interns, Carlie Cluxton, Raegan Feldner and Jacob Zajkowski share what they have been working on for fairgoers to enjoy. 42:20 - The 2022 Dean’s Charity Steer Show will be at The Ohio State Fair on August 2nd. Our Ohio Weekly host Ty Higgins and Ohio Farm Bureau president, Bill Patterson will be participating to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Cathann Kress vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has all the details. Donate to team “Bill and Ty’s Excellent Adventure to help generate funds for a very worthy cause. - give.osu.edu/higginspatterson

July 24 • 48m 10s
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