In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau finalized a plan to ensure its future viability. More than 2,800 participants provided input into the 250 page plan titled "Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future ó The New Era." The process resulted in the following updated vision statetment for the organization: "Ohio Farm Bureau's Vision is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs, addresses public expectations and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace." The plan also identifies Farm Bureau's core values as Integrity and Honesty, Grassroots Involvement, Promoting Agriculture, Member Advocacy and Teamwork.
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OFBF is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization reached a record membership of 235,064 in 2009. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization's polices. The retention rate for membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau this year was 89.86 percent.
Ohio Farm Bureau's numerous successes in 2009 have made the Buckeye State a better place.
Ohio Farm Bureau leaders have taken in active role in helping to shape the state's future.
To Create a Stronger Economy and a Positive Future
OFBF participated in several discussions of key national agricultural issues.
From Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future ó The New Era, developed in 2009
In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau was a strong advocate for animal agriculture in the Buckeye State.
A strong effective organization that is member driven, financially strong and focused on farmers
Ohio Farm Bureau again offered conferences for Farm Bureau youth during the summer months. The conferences provide opportunities for youths to bond and build leadership, teamwork and communications skills.