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Who We Are

Advisory Teams are teams of Farm Bureau members who discuss current issues within their team, develop and recommend policies related to their teams' issues and recommend any new programming needed related to their team. Team members also have a responsibility at the county level to report the team's activities to the county Farm Bureau president, Public Policy action team and possibly to the county board of trustees.

Recommendations received from advisory teams are subject to approval of OFBF's management, board of trustees, policy development committee, and/or annual meeting delegates.

Advisory Team members are appointed for a two-year term, concluding Dec. 31, 2014. Teams will meet once per year and may be called upon to attend other meetings or to provide input pertinent to their team as the need arises.

Team members should posess a passion for their team’s issues, a desire to work with county leaders to identify local issues while also representing agriculture from across the state, take a leadership role to promote diverse agricultural issues, become active in the policy development process and represent your industry as a leader. See the complete team members' job description.

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Specific Duties

• Serve the OFBF member and provide the voice of the member to the OFBF policy process. Seek out important issues relating to your team and bring them to the attention of the team chairperson.

• Recommend topics and speakers for meeting relevant to team issues via email, phone or postcard.

• Attend and participate in Advisory Team meeting. The 2013 meeting was held March 26 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus. Speakers included Matt Beal, from Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ted A. McKinney from Elanco Animal Health. Here are some materials they shared.

• Provide input on issues which come before the team.

• Develop and recommend to the Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Development Committee policies related to their Advisory Team.

• Recommend programming or activities relating to their team to OFBF staff and possibly the OFBF board of trustees.

• Observe and/or participate in OFBF annual meeting through being a delegate or observer of the delegate body during the policy development process.

• Suggest ways to involve OFBF members in the implementation of policies adopted by the delegates at the OFBF annual meeting.

• Foster routine communication with county polity development chair and committee.

• Meet with the county Farm Bureau president, public policy action team leader and possibly county board of trustees to provide an update of the discussion following the Advisory Team meeting.

OFBF Advisory Teams

  • Agricultural Education
    4-H, FFA, Ag in the Classroom, funding, STEM schools, educator training and resources, post secondary education, career centers, workforce development, etc.
  • Dairy
    Animal care, livestock diseases, inspection programs, milk marketing, cooperatives, dairy policy, Federal Milk Marketing Order, food safety, exports, etc.
  • Energy
    Energy aggregation and customer choice, on-site generation, net metering, utility interconnection, rate structures, biofuels, renewables, pipelines and transmission lines, oil & gas leasing, economic development, etc.
  • Equine
    Education, legislation, trail preservation, industry enhancements, liability protection, producer rights, animal welfare, etc.
  • Feed-Grain Crops
    Crop protectants, anyhdrous ammonia, grain, grain handling, grain indemnity, grain grading and mositure testing, seed regulation, grain marketing, marketing and promotion, etc.
  • Livestock
    Animal care, livestock and poultry diseases, grazing lands, inspection programs, contracting, marketing and promotion, food safety, etc.
  • Rural Development
    Agriculture, labor, economic development, property rights and responsibilities, safety, transportation, law enforcement, utilities, land use, local government, taxes, etc.
  • Specialty Crops and Labor
    (greenhouse, ag nursery, horticulture, bees, fruit, vegetables, winery, agri-tourism, aquaculture, tobacco, etc.) specialty crop related issues, contracting, marketing, labeling, labor issues, worker’s compensation, food safety,
    zoning, insurance, branding, etc.
  • Water Quality/Natural Resources
    Focus will be on water quality Issues - 4 R Nutrient Stewardship Program, management practices, documentation,
    target reduction goals, etc.
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Ohio Farm Bureau Goals

  • Explore new membership models for future strength
  • Build Farm Bureau's financial base to better achieve our mission
  • Grow membership through a comprehensive campaign that involves all members and partners
  • Expand member contribution and engagement opportunities
  • Partner to create excellent agricultural education programs
  • Develop an organization model for the future that engages the entire food chain
  • Advocate for Farm Bureau's priority issues
  • Seek solutions to Ohio's water quality challenges
  • Champion grassroots policy initiatives