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OFBF to switch to issue-based advisory teams

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Advisory teams are one of many ways members provide grassroots input on policies and programs.

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Changes are coming next year for Ohio Farm Bureau’s advisory teams, which will now be issue driven.

In the past, the advisory teams (previously called commodity advisory committees) were both commodity and issue related. Advisory team members identify, research and talk about issues important to OFBF and come up with policy or program recommendations.

After a review of the program, OFBF decided to switch to advisory teams that are specifically issue focused and driven and to reduce the number of teams from nine to eight. They will be known as Ohio Farm Bureau’s issue advisory teams.The change will help Ohio Farm Bureau align with American Farm Bureau Federation, which also is switching to issue-based commit- tees in 2015 and help OFBF identify possible candidates to stand for nomination to AFBF’s committees, said David White, Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of commodity relations.

“This is a great opportunity to engage members who haven’t previously been involved with advisory teams. The goal is to have members actively involved in identifying specific issues and strengthening Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy development and implementation process,” White said. OFBF is accepting nominations until Oct. 1 for Farm Bureau members to be on an issue advisory team. Members are expected to attend OFBF’s Trends & Issues Conference March 26, 2015, where issue advisory team meetings will be held.

Those interested in applying should contact their county Farm Bureau president, organization director or White. For more information about issue advisory teams, contact White at (614) 246-8261 or [email protected]

OFBF’s issue advisory teams

Farm policy and business sustainability: Business sustainability, taxes, farm policy, rural and economic development and property rights.

Labor, transportation and energy: Workforce needs, infrastructure, development, rules and regulations.

Environment: Air quality; water quality, quantity and usage; wildlife, nutrient management and natural resources.

Workforce development and education: Ag education (FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom), consumer outreach and awareness, university engagement; Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; school funding, JobsOhio, manufacturers, chambers of commerce and independent businesses.

Livestock, food and nutrition: Food safety, consumer trust, food availability, nutrition, animal health and plant health.

Health care and safety: Insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, costs, affordability, availability, rural health care, hospitals, workers’ compensation, farm safety, wellness, mobile health apps, illegal and counterfeit drugs, behavior and rural quality of life.

Food chain: Farm to fork issues involving restaurants, grocers, retailers, transportation, agribusiness, distributors, processors, manufacturers, importers, food safety (Ideal candidates would be Farm Bureau members who are engaged in owning, operating and/or managing one or more of these food and agriculture sectors.)

Consumers: Trust, labeling, information, ethics, science, technology, economics; perception of food, farming and agriculture (associate members could—and would be welcome—to serve on this team.)

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