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Growing grassroots

Published Dec. 23, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Farmers partcipate in a briefing at the Embassy of the Organization of American States.

Buckeye Farm News: 2009 - A Year In Review

Empowering advocates

Twenty new advocates for agriculture completed their training through Ohio Farm Bureaus inaugural AgriPOWER Institute in 2009. The year-long intensive training consists of seven multi-day sessions where farmers and others in the agricultural industry can gain in-depth training on advocacy and engage high-level government officials, activists, media insiders and farm leaders on pressing local, state and national issues. OFBFs second AgriPOWER class is currently in the midst of its training. Learn more by searching for AgriPOWER at or e-mail [email protected] for details.

County presidents head to Capitol Hill

For the 63rd year, OFBFs county presidents made their trek to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of farmers back in Ohio. When (legislators) associate a name with a face, and a face with an issue, they know how important it is to their constituents. Our presence here makes a great impact, said Athens County Farm Bureau President David Bright during the trip.

Meeting face to face

More than 300 county Farm Bureau leaders gathered in Columbus in February for OFBFs annual Ag Day at the Capitol to meet with lawmakers about the budget, education funding and other issues affecting agriculture and rural life. Gov. Ted Strickland, Sen. Tom Niehaus and House Speaker Armond Budish addressed the group, who then met individually with their lawmakers. "Farm Bureau members put a face on the issues. Legislators need to hear the stories to make it real to them, said Adam Sharp, OFBF senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs.

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