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Buckeye Farm News
Nine NE counties combine for conference
Approximately 200 people gathered in Wooster last month from Ashland, Holmes, Lorain, Medina, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties for a local conference on trends and issues affecting farmers and rural families. Topics covered included workers’ compensation safety training, the new Ohio Line Fence Law, property tax reappraisals, Farm Bureau member involvement and more. In addition to the county Farm Bureaus, OSU Extension, Nationwide Insurance and other affinity groups helped make the event possible.
A jump start to membership
Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Highland counties kicked off this year’s membership campaign at a joint meeting in Wilmington Feb. 5. Membership volunteers received materials, practiced membership renewal telephone conversations and learned about the prizes available for reaching certain recruitment numbers. All county Farm Bureaus are in membership mode—the last kickoff was March 7 in Fairfield County.
Van Wert County breezes into membership
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Energy Services Dale Arnold was the featured speaker at Van Wert County Farm Bureau’s membership kickoff in January. Arnold spoke along with Dave Dickson of Iberdrola Wind Energy to 75 Farm Bureau members during an informational wind energy session. Organization Director Jennifer Smith said wind energy has become a hot topic in Paulding and Van Wert counties and that several companies are looking at the counties as possible wind farm locations.
Jefferson County receives White-Reinhardt mini-grant
Jefferson County Farm Bureau has been selected as one of 23 recipients of a $500 mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s White-Reinhardt Fund. The mini-grant will help bring the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) on Wheels “Ag Adventures” outreach program to Cloverbuds (pre-4-H-aged students) and teachers in Jefferson County elementary schools during the Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Awareness Day at the 2009 county fair. “Ag Adventures’” activities enhance students’ knowledge of agricultural science and will be educational for teachers and adults who will be attending the fair as invited guests. Jefferson County Farm Bureau plans to reach 75 to 100 educators and 400 students during the day.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of the Women’s Committee, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy.