The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will hold its 98th annual meeting Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Columbus. Nearly 340 delegates from all Ohio counties will establish the organization’s policy goals for the coming year, elect leaders, recognize county Farm Bureau and individual achievements and conduct leadership training.
The theme of the meeting is Growing For Our Future. Among the top policy issues will be protections for members’ rights as parties to oil and gas leases, addressing needed funding for Ohio’s roads and bridges and voluntary tracking of best farm management practices that improve the quality of Ohio’s waters. Delegates are also expected to discuss the huge property tax increases farmers are experiencing and efforts to obtain legislative relief.
Keynote speeches will be delivered by Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and the organization’s new Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. Attendees also will hear from Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen.
County Farm Bureaus will be recognized for outstanding local programming, and individuals will be honored for their work to build membership and their contributions to the farm and food community. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals group will name their new chairpersons.
The fourth annual Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum takes place Nov. 30 in conjunction with the annual meeting. Speakers will address communicating through social media, developing leadership skills, healthcare options for small employers, and agribusiness insurance.
A Community Showcase will feature exhibits from nearly 60 Farm Bureau benefit providers and other associated businesses.