By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net
It is not unusual for topics like the farm bill, road maintenance and similar ag-related issues to come up at a local Ohio Farm Bureau policy meeting, but for one county Farm Bureau in southern Ohio there is one issue becoming more and more important to the area; the opioid crisis.
“Everybody in this area has a story and has been affected by the drug epidemic in one way or another,” said Greg Corcoran, President of the Ross County Farm Bureau. “We took concerns raised at our policy meeting and took them to our board meeting and realized this is something that we need to do something about.”
That is why Ross County Farm Bureau has partnered with the nationally recognized program called MADE, which stands for My Attitude Determines Everything. The group of Ross County students is part of the regional Drug Free Clubs of America organization.
“They have been hugely successful on a local level reaching kids about drugs and bringing awareness to the community and the community has stood behind their efforts,” Corcoran said. “We saw this as an opportunity so we reached out to them and asked how we can take part and help.”
That led to the creation of “MADE on the Farm”, a dinner event coming up on July 15th at Anthony Drummond Farms (3133 Austin Road, Frankfort, Ohio 45628).
“Anthony has quite a unique farm where he raises American bison and some longhorn cattle,” Corcoran said. “His collection of livestock harkens back to his days in the rodeo a few years back, so it will be an interesting visit for farm and non-farm folks alike.”
All proceeds from ticket sales and the live auction will go directly to the Ross County MADE program and you can buy tickets here, or by calling the Ross County Farm Bureau at 740-474-6284.