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. 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.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson encouraged support for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s draft tax extenders package that will be considered today at the Committee’s executive session. “Producers and rural residents deserve certainty when it comes the tax needs of their … [Read More...]
In light of the U.S. House of Representatives’ consideration of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599), National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson again highlighted NFU policy on Genetically Modified Organism labeling. The policy supports conspicuous, mandatory, uniform and … [Read More...]
National Farmers Union has submitted a partial proposal for an organic commodity checkoff program to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The proposal provides for a majority of checkoff funds to go toward agricultural research, a producer majority on the board, and an inclusive checkoff that allows … [Read More...]
If you're involved in the ag industry in Ohio, one of the bookmarks in your favorite browser should be to the Agricultural Law & Taxation blog. It's a service of OSU Extension and currently curated and written by Peggy Kirk Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law at Ohio … [Read More...]
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson lauded today’s release of a University of Arkansas study that found U.S. consumers prefer meat from the U.S. when provided with a country-of-origin label, and urged Congress to respect consumers’ right to know where their food comes from by rejecting … [Read More...]