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 (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged members of Congress to oppose trade promotion authority – also known as fast track – noting that trade agreements should be fair to all parties involved, and the process should be transparent. “Trade promotion authority (“fast track”) … [Read More...]
OTTAWA – State and federal experts on agriculture and water quality gathered in Ottawa today to explain what’s causing harmful algal blooms (HAB) in the western basin of Lake Erie and what farmers can do to help alleviate the problem. The Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council … [Read More...]
Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union and the Henderson Memorial Library continue their speaker series for the Ashtabula Local Food Council with Sheila Calco of the Trumbull Neighborhood Project on February 22, 2105, at 2:00pm, at the Henderson Memorial Library, 54 East Jefferson St., … [Read More...]
Join Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, director of Ohio Sea Grant and representatives from USDA and OSU Extension as they discuss nutrient management in the Lake Erie basin on February 26 in Ottawa. Sponsored by the Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council, the Farm Solutions and Opportunities … [Read More...]
WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson praised Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on today’s introduction of the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015, a bipartisan … [Read More...]