At one point in his career, comedian Drew Hastings came to the realization that he needed to rid himself of the urban life in Los Angeles. So, he publicly declared, “I’m gonna go back to the Midwest where I’m from and get myself a farm!”
As a new farmer in Hillsboro, Ohio, Hastings has experienced the trials and tribulations of working with the land. But, he has also gained a new following for his comedic act – other farmers. His fans have seen and heard him perform on “The Tonight Show,” Comedy Central, a variety of sitcoms and “The Bob and Tom Show” syndicated radio program.
Hastings is now bringing his act to Lima, Ohio, December 16 to close out the second annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium (OGFS) at the Veterans’ Memorial Civic and Convention Center. He will entertain attendees with true stories about his life on a cattle farm.
In addition to seeing Hastings perform, grain farmers throughout the state will have the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural issues impacting their operations. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the early bird marketing report will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Topics discussed during the general session include a Washington outlook, Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board update and an overview of water-quality issues and regulations. Attendees will also have a variety of breakout sessions to choose from such as, how to obtain energy efficiency grants, planning for the 2012 Farm Bill, changes in crop insurance, atrazine regulation and changing consumer attitudes.
Additionally, this year’s OGFS trade show has expanded. More than 35 companies that service the agricultural industry are participating with on-site representatives available to speak with attendees. The OGFS is held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA), Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Wheat Growers Association (OWGA).
Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register by calling OSA at 888-769-6446 or visiting www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org for an online registration form and full symposium agenda. The registration fee for members of OCGA, OSA and/or OWGA is $35 and $45 for non-members.