Buckeye Farm News
2009/2010 Ohio Farm Bureau Goals
- Market Farm Bureau to achieve membership growth
- Increase grassroots involvement by creating a volunteer-friendly Farm Bureau
- Expand relations with Nationwide and other affinity organizations
- Promote farming and the agbioresource industry
- Influence the adoption of OFBF and AFBF policy
- Speak out and stand up for animal agriculture and the food industry
- Protect personal property rights
- Engage members in the 2009 and 2010 elections
OFBF meets with key leaders
OFBF staff met with visitors from Japan and Moldova to discuss OFBF and Ohio agriculture. They also met with a Swedish delegation to discuss agriculture’s role in nutrient trading programs in Ohio. OFBF staff members were present at the regular meeting of the Great Lakes Compact Advisory Board to continue talks about implementing the Great Lakes Compact in Ohio. Staff members also held meetings with the Indiana Farm Bureau’s Ag Environmental Policy Group to discuss nutrient management. This is a group consisting of representatives from commodity organizations and industry that meets to openly discuss emerging environmental issues.
OFBF finds ways to share agriculture’s message
Ohio Farm Bureau presented as one of the 10 “big brands” using social media in the Columbus area at the first meeting of Social Media Club Columbus. Other state Farm Bureaus interested in the redesign of their Web pages and social media presence have been in contact with OFBF staff and are using Ohio Farm Bureau as a model to follow. OFBF staff has also been interviewed by National Journal about how it has become a leader in agricultural advocacy in social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook. And OFBF staff has provided information and assistance through social media to those with questions on Issue 2.