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July 2013 County Farm Bureau Roundup
Compiled by Dan Toland
Summertime is fun time for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Check out what fun things Farm Bureau is up to and things you can do in your neck of the woods in this month’s County Farm Bureau Roundup.
Click on the link associated with each piece of content for more details.
VISIT FARM BUREAU AT THE OHIO STATE FAIR - JULY 24 - AUG 4. - Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life.
- See the Land & Living Schedule of Events
- Read our State Fair Intern blog
- View our Instagram Photo Feed from the fair
INTERMEDIATE BLOGGER WORKSHOP - AUG. 16 - Ohio Farm Bureau members looking to take their blogging skills to a higher level are invited to attend the organization’s intermediate blogger workshop Aug. 16 in Columbus. This workshop will bring together food and farm bloggers from across the state to network, share ideas and learn strategies, tips and tricks from experts that will help them become better bloggers.
WATCH RECORDED WEB EVENTS - Our online meetings allow you, from the comfort of your home or office, to ask questions and hear directly from experts on important issues. Recordings of recent web meetings are also available to members, including “Do you need a spill prevention plan on your farm”, “Oil and gas leasing issues” and “Current Agricultural Use Valuation.”Register for upcoming web events and request recordings of past events here.
FREE LEGAL INFORMATION BROCHURES FOR MEMBERS - Ohio Farm Bureau members can request digital copies of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Legal Information Series brochures, which provide analysis of laws that commonly affect farmers. Topics include open burning, all-purpose vehicles, eminent domain and more.
HELP US IMPROVE OFBF.ORG - We’re redesigning OFBF .org and need your help to make it the best it can be! This is your chance to tell us what you like and don’t like about our website and to let us know what you’d like to see Ohio Farm Bureau’s website become in the future . Please take a few minutes today to let us know what you think .Visit http://ofb.ag/JulyWebSurvey to share your opinion!
JOIN OUR OHIO’s FACEBOOK GROUPS - Our Ohio Gardening is open to anyone who has an interest in growing their own food. Our Ohio Cooking is open to anyone interested in discussing food and cooking food. Click the name of the groups above and then request to join the group to be added to them.
GET INVOLVED - PROVIDE YOUR INPUT! - Have a concern, issue or challenge in your community or on your farm? Your county Farm Bureau might be just the place to turn to find help. A number of county Farm Bureaus are looking for local members’ input, suggestions and ideas when it comes to policies that help set the agenda of the organization for the year. Want to provide your input? Live in one of the counties listed below? Fill out the online form provided with each and let your county Farm Bureau know what you think.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
July 28: Young Farm Families are invited for a fun-filled day at Coshocton, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum County Farm Bureau’s first-ever Young Family Farm Connections event.Fishing, swimming, boating, mechanical bull riding, farm tours, a potluck lunch and more!
Aug. 2-3: Vintage Ohio, Lake Farmpark, Kirtland -- Enjoy wine tastings, music and a variety of food vendors. Farm Bureau members get a $5 discount off admission.
Aug. 3: Join Shelby County Farm Bureau, Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District and Crossway Farms for the third session of “From your Backyard to Your Plate.”
Aug. 9: Celebrate the diversity of Fairfield County agriculture withFairfield County Farm Bureau’s ‘Seasons Showcase’, an on-the-farm dinner featuring all locally produced foods, artfully pieced together by a local chef.
Aug. 11: Learn about farm animals, gardens, farm machinery and more at Lucas County’s “Country Living Day.”
Aug. 12 - 23: Recycle your farm tiresin the month of August at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.
Aug. 14-18: Farm Days at COSI - The annual COSI Farm Days: Little Seeds, Big Tractors is back for its ninth year, bringing the farm to the city. Climb into the cabs of tractors, combines and more. Equipment will be displayed downtown on COSI’s West Ramp. Grab your boots and learn about raising crops and livestock. Check out huge farming equipment, see a baby chick hatch, "milk" COSI's fiberglass cow and grow your own seed necklace.Farm Bureau members can receive a discount as well.
Aug. 15: Hamilton County celebratesFarm Bureau Day at Stricker’s Grove. Enjoy rides, putt-putt golf, cotton candy, ice cream and more. FREE to Farm Bureau members.
Aug. 15 - Celebrate the “Season’s Harvest” on a Medina County farm. Guests are seated in an open-air, white tablecloth dining area and served individual entrees of locally raised meats and vegetable, expertly prepared by Chef John Kolar. Each course is accompanied by complementing local wines chosen by local vintners. Proceeds are donated to “Feeding Medina County.” See photos from a previous Season’s Harvest.
Aug. 15: The Food Dialogues: Ohio -- Ohio’s food community is coming together to host The Food Dialogues: Ohioto start a conversation and answer questions about food production, farming technologies and protecting the environment. We invite you to join a discussion led by a panel of leading experts, farmers and thought leaders for a dynamic conversation about the future of food.
Aug. 16: Intermediate Blogger Workshop - Ohio Farm Bureau members looking to take their blogging skills to a higher level are invited to attend the organization’s intermediate blogger workshop Aug. 16 in Columbus. This workshop will bring together food and farm bloggers from across the state to network, share ideas and learn strategies, tips and tricks from experts that will help them become better bloggers.
Aug. 17: It’s Farm Bureau Night with the Akron Aeros baseball team. Tickets for Farm Bureau members are only $5 per person and includes a hot dog, chips and drink. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 1. Details here.
Aug. 17: Taste of Summer, Celebrating the Local Harvest - Ann’s Raspberry Farm, Fredericktown - The evening begins with a social hour, offering wine, appetizers and a tour of the farm, which specializes in red raspberries and brussels sprouts. A chef will prepare a five-course dinner using local products, while explaining where the food was grown and how the meal was prepared as well as introducing some of the farmers who raised the products. Each course will be paired with a complimentary wine and Farm Bureau members will receive a signature wine glass.
Aug. 22: Tour the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio Stadium during Ohio Farm Bureau’s East Region Membership Bus Trip. Get the details on how you can be a part of the fun.
Aug. 26-31: Noble County Farm Bureau Scavenger Hunt - Locate farm facts in the fairground barns to register to win a gas grill at the Farm Bureau booth.
Sept. 6: Ohio Livestock Coalition 16th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium- A great line-up of industry experts will address the topics/issues of animal welfare, social responsibility, public perception and building trust.
Sept. 6-8:Van Wert and Paulding County Farm Bureaus hosts the second “Kids Dream Day,” where kids get the opportunity drive a tractor, along with several other related activities.
Sept. 9-14: Guernsey County Farm Bureau Scavenger Hunt - Locate farm facts in the barns on the county fairgrounds to register to win a gas grill at the Farm Bureau booth.
Sept. 13: It’s “Fun with Farm Bureau” night at the Wyandot County Fair. Fun for all ages includes bubble gum blowing contest, nail pounding contest, frog jumping contest, sack races, cross-cut saw contest, bail throwing contest and more!
Sept. 28-29: Ashland County Drive it Yourself Farm Tours,featuring many local farms, good food and fun.
Oct. 6: Enjoy farm tours in southwestern Franklin County. More details to come. Watch the Franklin County Farm Bureau blog for updates.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE & WINNERS ANNOUNCED
- Miami County Farm Bureau offers this scholarship for local students. Applications due by Aug. 5.
ANNUAL MEETINGS SCHEDULED
It’s the time of year when county Farm Bureaus take a moment to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and set the direction for the coming year through their annual meetings. This is a time of food and fellowship, as well as a time of preparation for Farm Bureau’s activities in the counties and communities. All members are invited to attend their county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. Learn more from the counties who have posted their annual meeting announcements on their blogs in the links below.
- Belmont County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 15
- Clermont County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 29
- Clinton County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 20
- Crawford County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 27
- Fayette County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 13
- Gallia County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 12
- Greene County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 15
- Guernsey County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 6
- Hancock County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 15
- Hardin County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 22
- Monroe County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 8
- Morrow County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 20
- Noble County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 9
- Preble County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - July 27
- Richland County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Sept. 5
- Seneca County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 28
- Trumbull County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 8
- Warren County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 28
- Wyandot County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Aug. 20
MORE COUNTY NEWS
- Auglaize County Farm Bureau Organization Director Jill Smith shares the success of its recent “Movie Night on the Farm.”
- Longtime Clark County Farm Bureau member Ed Cross has been appointed to sit on the new Global Impact STEM school board in Springfield.
- Crawford County Farm Bureau recently made a $2,000 donation toward water quality research being conducted by the Ohio State University, OSU Extention and USDA’s Agriculture Research Service.
- Gallia County Farm Bureau recaps a successful Ag Awareness Day.
- Guernsey County Farm Bureau members help local fourth graders grow a garden.
- Hardin County Farm Bureau President Courtney Kiper shares thoughts and a recap of recent activities with members.
- Here’s a recap of Hardin County Farm Bureau’s annual summer party, where more than 100 members turned out for fun, games and more.
- Jefferson County elementary students were recently transported to a local dairy farm right from the comfort of their own classroom through a Farm Bureau Google Hangout in the classroom.
- Morgan County Farm Bureau raises funds to help local opera house make a digital transition.
- Northeast Ohio Farm Bureau member John Parker shares thoughts water quality and milk promotion.
- Richland County Farm Bureau’s Hazel Grove Farm Bureau Community Council has taken on a great Farm to Plate Project to promote food, farms and community. Learn more in this story about their project, and check out the Richland County Farm Bureau blog and Richland County Farm to Plate Facebook Page for more details. Learn more about volunteering, too.
- Ross County Farm Bureau’s “Farm Factor” progressive farm dinner was again a big success and shows how Farm Bureau is uniquely positioned to bring the “agri-curious” into contact with their farmer neighbors to answer questions, build community and have some fun.
- County Farm Bureau Office Administrator Donna Morter shares tips for day-tripping around the state using Ohio Farm Bureau benefits to help you save.
- A Seneca County Farm Bureau project helps promote farm safety through placement of signs on county roads.
- Seneca County Farm Bureau President Paul Snavely shares his thoughts with members as he winds down his term.
- Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau’s BBQ Bootcamp and Burnoff pulls together community, raises money for charity.
- Wyandot County Farm Bureau seeks volunteers to assist with county fair activities.
- Wyandot County Farm Bureau President Jack Leslie shares thoughts with members as another program year comes to a close.
Dan Toland is director of digital strategy for Ohio Farm Bureau.