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    Registration is Now Open for Hybrid Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Registration is now open for Ohio’s renowned educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 43rd annual conference, Rooted and Rising, will take place both online Saturday, February 12 and in-person Thursday, February 17-Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio. “Being part of a rooted community is an essential piece of forming a more resilient and sustainable food system,” said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. “This year’s event not only features speakers and sessions committed to that future, but welcomes those from any distance who…

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    Ohio House Passes HB 95 to Help Farmers Overcome Land Access Challenges

    On June 28, by a vote of 96 to 1, the Ohio House passed House Bill 95, which could clear a major hurdle for the next generation of Ohio farmers and provide greater resilience to Ohio’s food system. HB 95, the Family Farm ReGeneration Act, will authorize tax credits for those who sell or rent farmland, livestock, buildings, or equipment to beginning farmers. It also provides a credit for beginning farmers who attend a financial management program. “Young farmers in Ohio are taking on the risks inherent in farming and working hard to build successful farm businesses. They are also facing significant obstacles that require creative policy solutions. Access to—and…

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    2021 Sustainable Farm Tours, Workshops, and Videos Will Help Ohioans Learn, Grow, and Connect

    The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) invites you to spread your wings this summer with videos, farm tours, and workshops that will help you learn, grow, and connect. The 2021 OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series features four farm tours highlighting Ohio’s growing community of sustainable farmers and two online workshop series designed to help early career farmers build legal resilience and established farmers transfer their land to the next generation. The series also features 10 free video presentations from OEFFA’s 2021 online conference including practical production trainings, inspiring visions of a prosperous small farm future, honest reflections on 2020, and an insightful investigation of faith, food,…

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    OEFFA Endorses Agriculture Resilience Act

    Bold Climate and Agriculture Bill Introduced in Congress will Benefit Ohio Growers Today, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) in Congress, which outlines a farmer-focused, research-driven path to net zero agriculture. This Earth Week, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is proud to endorse this bill on behalf of our members as part of the solution to the climate crisis. The urgency of the climate crisis requires making U.S. agriculture resilient to climate impacts while moving the agricultural sector toward climate neutrality. Farmers and ranchers recognize the fundamental threat that the climate crisis poses to agriculture and our shared…

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    OEFFA Announces 2021 Award Recipients at 42nd Annual Conference: Jan Dawson, Andy Reinhart, and Steve Edwards Recognized

    The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has named the 2021 recipients of its Stewardship and Service awards. Jan Dawson and Andy Reinhart of Logan County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community, and Steve Edwards of Warren County received the Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary service in support of sustainable agriculture. “Over the course of more than 40 years, this organization and the broader sustainable food and farm movement, have been built by the tireless efforts of farmers, conscientious consumers, educators, researchers, retailers, and others. It is breathtaking how far we’ve come, from a handful of folks with a shared vision to…

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    Soil Biologist and Educator Dr. Elaine Ingham to Keynote 42nd Annual Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Understanding the life in the soil and using it to improve plant and human health will be the focus of a keynote address by soil biologist Dr. Elaine Ingham at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links in a Strong Food Chain, this February. In her Saturday, February 13 keynote address, presented by Turner Farm, “Soil vs. Dirt: Connecting Plant and Human Microbiomes,” Ingham will compare a healthy soil food web, which contains beneficial microbes that help plants grow strong, and a healthy human digestive system, which also contains sets of microbes that provide nutrients’ to the gut’s lining. Ingham will explain…

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    Community Organizer and Policy Advocate Navina Khanna to Keynote 42nd Annual Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Building a strong movement for food systems change in a divided nation will be the focus of a keynote address by HEAL Food Alliance Executive Director Navina Khanna at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links in a Strong Food Chain. In her Sunday, February 14 keynote address, presented by Turner Farm, “Rooted, Ready, and Resilient: Cultivating a Movement for Crisis-Proof Food Systems,” Khanna will consider the ways in which COVID-19, climate chaos, and the 2020 elections have revealed deep fissures in our food systems and in our society and how we can build a strong, multi-sector movement for change to address…

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    Cattleman and Entrepreneur Will Harris to Keynote 42nd Annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    A farm vision focused on animal welfare, regenerative land practices, and rural revival will be the focus of a keynote address by fourth-generation cattleman Will Harris at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links in a Strong Food Chain. In his Wednesday, February 10 keynote address, presented by Turner Farm, “Regenerating Land with Livestock,” Harris will describe how the farm’s holistic, polyculture production system for 10 species of livestock, zero-waste model, and on-farm meat processing have made White Oak Pastures the largest private employer in the county, while regenerating the land. “Our farm is creating more in terms of organic matter in…

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    Registration is Now Open for Online Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Registration is now open for an interactive educational online conference for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.  The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, will run Wednesday, February 10-Monday, February 15, 2021 and be accessible anywhere by phone and computer. “Through these challenging times of physical distance, more than ever, we need to be socially close,” said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. “In that spirit, the online conference will be different, but with the same intent and result: sharing information so that we can all succeed, moving our food…

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    Ohio Farmers Call on Congress to Address the Climate Crisis: 2,100+ Farmers Deliver Letter to House Select Committee Highlighting Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and Opportunities for Farmers to Lead on Climate Solutions

    Columbus, Ohio—Today, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and farmers and ranchers from across the country delivered a letter to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, urging Congress to support and invest in farming and rural communities to address the climate crisis. More than 2,100 independent farmers and ranchers in all 50 states— including more than 150 OEFFA farmers—signed the letter, representing farm families producing fruits and vegetables, dairy, livestock, grain, and more. The letter stresses the fundamental threat that the climate crisis poses to the viability of agriculture and the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. “For a full month…

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