For many years one or two statewide events for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) represented most of the opportunities specifically for Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. Now many county level YAP groups are beginning to form or to become established parts of their county Farm Bureau’s programming.
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The Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau recently presented a $2,500 reward check to a county resident for his help in capturing a person who stole a vehicle belonging to Shook Auto Inc. of New Philadelphia.
While county Farm Bureau volunteers were busy gearing up for the Issue 2 campaign and the next year of programming, the 2009 Leadership Conference was also a time to recognize outstanding achievements over the past year.
Mercer County’s Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program and Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties’ Leadership Education and Development program (LEAD) were recognized in AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence program.
Spending, livestock issues lead Washington talks
Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, Fairfield, Butler, Hamilton, Adams, Brown, Clermont
Fairfield, Logan, Marion, Northwest region
Northeast, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Highland, Van Wert, Jefferson
Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, Pickaway, Putnam, Butler, Wyandot
Guernsey, Fairfield and Miami County Farm Bureaus
Harrison, Putnam and Morgan County Farm Bureaus
Fairfield, Delaware and Stark County Farm Bureaus
Medina, Mercer and Stark County Farm Bureaus.
Perry, Stark, Huron, Hocking County Farm Bureaus and the Southeast Region.
Morgan, Pike and Clark County Farm Bureaus
Guernsey County Farm Bureau blooming in membership; Operation: FarmSafe; Biomass big issue in Belmont County;
If you’ve never been to a county Farm Bureau membership kickoff, there are a number of them to be had throughout the state.
Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau President Tom Kaskey couldn’t figure out why he was asked to attend a talk about free trade in Cleveland until the speech ended. The speaker, a European Union trade negotiator, stepped from the podium and asked for a private conversation with county and state Farm Bureau members.
During county Farm Bureau annual meetings, local farmers gather to take action on the issues facing their communities.
With the primary elections over, county Farm Bureaus are planning open seat screenings for races across the state.
Farm Bureau members across the state are passionate about bringing awareness of agriculture to students who do not live on a farm. Some ways they do this includes in-class demonstrations, using technology for distance learning or hosting field trips for students. Here are two examples of recent agricultural awareness programs with schools.
While not every county could put a dollar value on their activities, we tallied at least $200,000 that county Farm Bureaus were contributing locally.
Fairfield and Funton County Farm Bureaus were recognized by American Farm Bureau for innovative new program ideas in the 2011 County Activities of Excellence program. They were among 15 local Farm Bureaus selected nationally to share their successful efforts in an exhibit at AFBF’s annual meeting.