Our Ohio Weekly shares the story of Ohio agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau. Each week, this radio program and podcast features guests who represent leaders in agriculture, government, academia and the food industry, among others. Host Ty Higgins talks to interesting guests and brings the story of Ohio agriculture to life by featuring Farm Bureau members and staff who are working hard all across Ohio.
How LEBOR was Defeated
The Lake Erie Bill of Rights, or LEBOR ballot initiative didn’t get very far after it was passed by Toledo voters in 2019, thanks to the fast action of Wood County farmers Mark Drewes. Drewes filed a lawsuit to thwart the attempt to give legal rights to Lake Erie and give Toledoans authority to sue farmers on behalf of the lake. The result of Drewes’ lawsuit was a U.S. District Court judge ruling, decisively, that LEBOR was invalid. On this Our Ohio Weekly we will get a behind the scenes look at the case and what its result means for Ohio farmers.
00:00 - Leah Curtis, policy counsel for Ohio Farm Bureau and Tom Fusonie, an attorney with the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
23:50 - Meet educator Becky Cropper and hear how she is positively impacting young lives in southwest Ohio classrooms "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - Jack Irvin, vice president of public policy with Ohio Farm Bureau gives the details on Governor DeWine's budget proposal for 2021-2022 and what it means for agriculture.
42:20 - Maggie Good, Director of Member Engagement for American Farm Bureau, shares info about Ag Safety Awareness Week.
Barnwood Builders star Mark Bowe
Barnwood Builders follows five fun-loving West Virginians who salvage antique log cabins and barns. The show celebrates the American pioneer spirit, and pays tribute to the hard work and craftsmanship that built our nation. They have even made quite a few trips through rural Ohio. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet the foreman of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders, Mark Bowe, as he talks about the show, his work crew and why Ohio barns have become some of his favorites.
00:00 - Barnwood Builders star Mark Bowe.
23:50 - Barn artist Bob Kroeger talks about his journey to preserve rural Ohio history "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - Jason Berkland, Associate Vice President of Risk Management with Nationwide gives details about Grain Bin Safety Week and the Nominate your Fire Department Contest.
42:20 - The ARC/PLC signup deadline is March 15th. Find out about an upcoming webinar designed to help farmers make their election decisions from Ohio State Extension Educator, Mary Griffith.
Foundation Success, Ag Week and AgLINK
With a new administration in the White House, comes a new cabinet of leaders in all major departments of the U.S., including Transportation, Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture. The man tapped to lead the farm and food sector has some experience in that area. Tom Vilsack actually served as the Secretary of Agriculture under the Obama Administration. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear some of Secretary Vilsack’s ideas for his return to USDA and learn about a 2020 success story in the work of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
00:00 - Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about water quality and diversifying America's food supply system and Mike Townsley, chairman of Bob Evans Farms/Post Refrigerated Retail shares about his involvement on the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Board.
16:50 - OFBF Foundation Executive Director Kelly Burns talks about the successes of 2020 and some scholarship opportunities.
23:50 - New Foundation Board member, Jenna Gregorich, tells her story of being the first in her family involved in farming "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Week kicks off Monday and OFBF's Jenna Reese has all of the details.
42:20 - Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague shares information about the AgLINK program, giving farmers a discounted interest rate for operating expenses.
A Farm Economy Outlook
While net cash farm income in 2020 was above the average net cash farm income for the 2013–2019 period, increased government payments to farmers accounted for a substantial portion of that rise. Although that certainly helped alleviate the immediate need for relief due to the pandemic, the future remains uncertain. As you might imagine, those in the farm banking world are keeping a close eye how their customers are fairing. On this Our Ohio Weekly, we get a near and long-term outlook for agriculture from the CEO of Farm Bureau Bank.
00:00 - Farm Bureau Bank CEO WIll Hileman.
23:50 - Jim Croskey, beekeeper from Holmes County was recently recognized nationally for his craft. He tells his story "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - Land o Lakes CEO Beth Ford spoke to American Farm Bureau members at the 2021 Virtual Convention and shared her thoughts on the issues of rural broadband and climate smart farming practices.
42:20 - OFBF Policy Counsel Leah Curtis talks about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for Ohio and if taking the vaccine can be required by employers.
Retirement Plans for Farmers
Often a vision for retiring from a career in agriculture may be a bit different than most. Options can range from staying on the farm and helping during harvest and planting, just tinkering around the shop, or selling and moving to Florida. Whatever the vision and whatever the profession, having the financial resources to live their best lives during this time is something everyone would agree is important. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear from one expert who is helping to prepare farmers, agribusinesses and their employees for retirement.
00:00 - Rich Ohde, Regional Vice President of Workplace Solutions for Nationwide, talks about what farmers need to do to plan for retirement.
16:50 - Mike Rowe visited with American Farm Bureau members at AFBF's Virtual Convention earlier this month to talk about his mission of changing the way America looks at skilled labor.
23:50 - Justin and Kristen Dickey talk about fulfilling their farming dreams and their involvement in Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals program "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - OFBF Vice President of Membership, Paul Lyons talks about the value of membership and how to sign up to join Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Restaurant Association's Homa Moheimani gives the details on the Pizza with a Purpose week benefiting ORA's Employee Relief Fund.
42:20 - Find out about Ohio State University Extension's "Farm Office LIVE" webinars from Barry Ward.
Ohio's Meat Processing Industry
We have finally turned the calendar to 2021 and although the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic all still with us, this new year will be a time to look back at those challenges and make changes that will alleviate the problems we faced should something like a global pandemic ever happen again. One of those challenges on the minds of Ohio Farm Bureau and its members has to do with the food supply system, which saw issues on both the production and processing sides in 2020. On the next Our Ohio Weekly, hear about lessons learned and steps being taken to prevent a repeat.
00:00 - Dr. Dennis Summers, Asst. State Veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and Roger High, director of livestock policy with Ohio Farm Bureau discuss Ohio's meat processing industry and the challenges of 2020
23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", Hamler, Ohio's Nate Like talks about what it took to get his new Buckeye Meats and Processing facility up and running.
32:20 - More of Ty's conversation with ODA's Dr. Summers and OFBF's Roger High.
42:20 - John Kaiser, Private Lands Administrator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife gives all of the details on the H2Ohio Water Quality Incentive Program (WQIP).
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I understand it’s put on by the farm bureau and I find that information interesting since it is a large aspect of our state’s economy and lifestyle. However, I wish there were more episodes on more diverse issues the state is facing even if not specifically an agriculture issue. I loved the interviews of candidates during election season.
Thank you for bringing relevant issues in Ohio to discussion
What a joke!
It’s ironic that the show is titled Town Hall because Senator Ron Portman does not hold town halls with constituents! He only holds fundraising events and photo ops. He does nothing for Ohioans but talk which is not helpful. Rob needs to go!