Ohioans who value farming and rural living are invited to share their stories through the "I am Farm Bureau" contest.

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The “I am Farm Bureau” contest asks farmers, gardeners, food enthusiasts and other supporters of agriculture to post up to three photos and answer questions about who they are and how they are linked to agriculture. Internet users are able to browse member stories and photos and select their favorite entry. The public will determine the winner from a group of finalists. Winners will receive Nationwide Bank Visa gift cards and an opportunity to be featured in a Farm Bureau advertising campaign.

Several Farm Bureau members are already sharing positive stories about Ohio agriculture through the contest. “There’s a deep feeling of excitement to hear the ‘pop-pop’ of my John Deere 50, dropping the plow into the earth and plowing as generations of farmers have before me,” wrote Jeremy Wensink of Wood County in the caption for his photo of an old-fashioned Plow Day.

Renae Scheiderer of Buckeye Grove Farm shared a picture of her cows beneath the trees as she brought them to the milking barn. “My husband and I own a dairy farm, milking 50-60 registered Jersey cows. In the spring, summer and fall we make 1 to 2 batches of farmstead-artisan raw milk cheese, which can be found at various stores in Ohio,” she wrote.

Holly and Todd Michael of Bona Vista Farm described their link to agriculture this way: “Not only did we meet at the county fair, our grandparents went to 4-H camp together 80 years ago. Today, we are building on the legacy of Todd’s grandfather, living on the family farm and raising purebred hogs.”

The contest is part of a larger campaign to illustrate the diversity of Ohio Farm Bureau membership. “With the contest taking place through social media, it is also a chance for Farm Bureau and consumers alike to discover new connections and opportunities and to take a look at how we are ultimately tied to our agricultural heritage,” said Dan Toland, OFBF communications specialist.

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