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Buckeye Farm News
Four-county leadership program kicks off
Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus, in cooperation with OSU Extension and past county LEAD participants, recently launched a four-county program to develop future leaders with agriculture and natural resources knowledge. Seventeen participants, pictured below, gathered at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus for the first of eight institutes, which will also include a trip to Washington, D.C. During the first institute, participants learned about personality types, communication and leadership styles and strategies, time management and goal setting, the new farm bill and team-based approaches to management. “It is imperative to the future of agriculture to develop leaders to serve as county board members, township trustees, county commissioners, state representatives and senators, as well as national office holders,” said Organization Director Michele Specht.
Building young leaders in Fairfield County
The Fairfield County Farm Bureau recently hosted a meeting for recent and soon-to-be graduates of Fairfield County Agricultural Education programs to introduce them to opportunities for young people in Farm Bureau. OFBF Senior Director of National and Regulatory Affairs Adam Sharp discussed the inner workings of Farm Bureau, and the group expressed interest in meeting together in the future to learn about key issues facing the agricultural industry. Many renewed their membership in Farm Bureau during the meeting. “Generating interest from young agricultural professionals to be the next key leaders of an organization that works so well to represent them is a vital part of what the county Farm Bureau can do to carry on the legacy of this organization,” Organization Director John Torres said.
Fairfield County Farm Bureau fair building dedicated
The newly completed “Fairfield County Farm Bureau Ed Sands Building” at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds was officially dedicated during the county fair in October. Fairfield County Farm Bureau donated $50,000 toward the construction of the multi-purpose building that will house sheep projects during the fair and other events year round. “This building serves as a great example of what a dedicated group of people can do to support local agriculture,” said Organization Director John Torres. Individuals can still contribute to the building fund by sponsoring sheep pens in the building. Additional funds will be used to improve other facilities on the fairgrounds.
Butler, Hamilton counties recognize ‘Friends of Agriculture’
Butler and Hamilton County Farm Bureaus recently honored local candidates in the November election who received OFBF’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (OFBF-AGGPAC) “Friend of Agriculture” designation. The presentation was held at Brown’s Family Farm Market, just south of Ross in Butler County. Butler County Candidate Gary Cates receives his “Friend of Agriculture” recognition from Butler County Public Policy Action Team Leader Kevin Fall and OFBF Director of Political Education Doug Foxx. Others receiving the designation include Bill Coley, Courtney Combs and Tim Derickson, all of Butler County, and Louis Blessing, Denise Driehaus, Dale Mallory, Robert Meckenberg, Connie Pillich, Bill Seitz and Tyrone Yates, all of Hamilton County.
Farm Bureaus cruise through membership
Nearly 800 Farm Bureau members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Northeast Region and Adams, Brown and Clermont counties in the Southwest Region recently embarked on a cruise through the Gulf of Mexico to Cozumel in celebration of a successful membership campaign. Some counties gave away free cruises to membership workers who signed the most new members. Organization Director Heather Utter said the excitement for the event was “huge” and helped increase the number of new members volunteering in Farm Bureau. She said the event was so successful that plans are already being made for a December 2009 cruise to the Bahamas.