Buckeye Farm News
Protecting family farmland in Fairfield County
Those with an interest in learning how to protect and preserve family farmland are invited by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau to explore ways to do so at a meeting to be held at Logan High School, 1470 State Route 328 in Logan on Feb. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mark Fiorni and Kristen Jensen from the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), supported by the Clean Ohio Fund. Roger Wolfe of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau will elaborate on what is lost when family farmland disappears. Other presenters include Steve Goodwin of Appalachia Ohio Alliance on Land Trusts and Jim Leonard of Wright Law on Tax Incentives and Estate Planning. To register, call 800-992-3276.
Logan County Farm Bureau assists area’s needy
The Logan County Farm Bureau kicked off its “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign in 2008 during the Bellefontaine Christmas Parade (shown here). The Farm Bureau recently teamed up with several Logan County Girl Scout troops to hold a food drive as part of the campaign. Girl Scout troops from Belle Center, Bellefontaine, East Liberty, Indian Lake and Rushsylvania aided in the food drive.
Marion County resident earns $2,500 reward
Trevor Fremont of New Bloomington, pictured on the right, recently received a $2,500 reward from Ohio Farm Bureau for his work in protecting an Ohio Farm Bureau member’s property from theft. Fremont submitted information to Marion County authorities that led to the arrest of two men for criminal trespassing and the theft of tools and scrap metal from a Marion County Farm Bureau member’s farm. Fremont took photos of the thieves’ vehicle loaded with stolen items and alerted the property owner who called police. Also pictured are Allen Douce (center), a Nationwide Insurance agent with Thomas Milligan Insurance Agency, and Marion County Farm Bureau Organization Action Team Leader Mike Ralph.
Northwest county administrators gather
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Northwest Region county office administrators gathered in Findlay in January for a session on integrating membership and sales with customer service. Featured speakers included Seneca County Farm Bureau member and recent Murray Lincoln Award Winner Dwight Clary on what works when selling memberships, and OFBF Senior Vice President of Public Policy Keith Stimpert, who highlighted public policy activities in 2008 and previewed 2009. OFBF Director of Volunteer Development Darrell Rubel also gave a hands-on presentation on hospitality.