Serving Family Farmers and Consumers Since 1934
The Ohio Farmers Union pursues public policy that supports the family farmer and consumers. We support and advocate on behalf of legislation which recognizes the unique market realities of family farmers. Bigger is not always better and consumers benefit from robust local farming economies which support locally grown and produced food and fiber.
Whether you are a farm family or a consumer concerned about what’s on your table, we’re sure you’ll find one of our issues in which you can get involved.
Participating Ohio Farmers Union members receive a discount on Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation rates and services when they join the Frank Gates-Avizent Workers Compensation Program. As a sponsor, OFU offers self-directed safety training materials for use with your employees. Whether or not you participate in our sponsored workers compensation program, we hope you and your employees will use the materials in our library to promote safety at your farm.
Nothing illustrates our commitment to cooperative local business practices better than your favorite farmers market. Since 1934 Ohio Farmers Union members have been seeking ways to work together with other farmers and rural residents to build sustainable local markets for their goods. The explosion of interest in organic and locally grown food has created a vibrant market scene in Ohio. No matter where you live, you are probably not far from an opportunity to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, farm fresh eggs and other healthy offerings from local farmers. When you support your local farmers market you not only get the health and culinary benefits of fresh food, you keep your money in the local economy. (more…)
Your Ohio Farmers Union membership pays off in more ways than just our energetic advocacy on behalf of rural families and consumers. Did you know you can save on health insurance costs? If you are a member with employees you can save on workers compensation costs by participating in an OFU-sponsored plan. If you’re into the great outdoors, you’ll take advantage of the Cabela’s discount. You can get discounts on car rentals and other great deals. Come join us and enjoy the benefits!
Take advantage of Ohio Farmers Union competitive insurance rates on everything from crops to your family’s health. For instance, most people who start OFU Health Savings Accounts save 20-30% on health care costs.
It was a long and sometimes ridiculous process but we have a new Farm Bill. If you're wondering where you can go to find out what's in the new law, here's a list of links: There are many links and documents on the U.S. Senate Ag Committee's Farm Bill page If you want to keep it somewhat … [Read More...]
A meeting of beef producers interested in forming/joining a grassfed beef marketing co-op will be held on February 25, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Room 130 Research Services, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Speakers will include Mike … [Read More...]
Having moved now through final passage in both houses of Congress, the latest version of a comprehensive Farm Bill goes to President Barack Obama's desk where a signature is expected and the bill will become law. Both Ohio Senators - Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown - voted in favor of passage. To … [Read More...]
The Ohio Farmers Union has a new president and rural concerns about the long-term effects of fracking and the disposal of toxic drilling wastewater continue to dominate policy discussions among its membership. OFU held its 80th annual state convention this past weekend. With 110 delegates … [Read More...]
Each year in late January, the Ohio Farmers Union holds its annual convention and outlines its main policy priorities for the coming year. These priorities are debated in OFU's policy committee and by all delegates on the floor of the convention. This past weekend the 80th Annual Ohio Farmers Union … [Read More...]