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Election 2010 -- OFBF to engage new leaders on farm issues

Published Nov. 11, 2010 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Governor-elect John Kasich spoke to OFBF members earlier this year during an event in Columbus.

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Ohio has elected a new governor and statewide office holders, many new lawmakers and it may soon have new administrators in state offices such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s role will be to engage these new officials to share the policy ideas that farmers have developed for Ohio agriculture.

As in previous years, the vast majority of candidates who earned Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Agriculture” award were elected, demonstrating a positive working relationship between the farm community and policymakers.

Here’s how some of the “Friend of Agriculture” recipients fared:

  • Rob Portman was successful in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat.
  • Maureen O’Connor and Judith Lanzinger were elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. O’Connor is the court’s new Chief Justice.
  • In Ohio Senate races, 80 percent of candidates who earned the "Friend of Agriculture" designation were elected. In Ohio House races, 85 percent were elected.
  • At the federal level, 88 percent of “Friends of Farm Bureau” from Ohio were elected to the U.S. House.
  • Additionally, two former Ohio Farm Bureau presidents were elected to public office: Bob Peterson in Ohio’s 85th House district and Bob Gibbs in the 18th Congressional district.

Ohio Farm Bureau members will be establishing their positions on important public policy issues at the statewide annual meeting next month.

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