The 93rd annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is underway at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Working and Growing Together.” Denny Weilnau, John Wallrabenstein and Duane Stotz were elected as delegates to represent Erie county at the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is for 342 delegates elected by their county Farm Bureaus to establish policies on numerous issues including the 2012 farm bill, nutrient management and water quality, ownership of wild and dangerous animals and market-oriented responses to climate change. Also likely to be discussed are environmental and energy aspects of shale oil and gas development and solutions to the fiscal challenges facing state and local governments.
Delegates will also consider a by-law change, which if approved would redefine several seats on the organization’s board of trustees.
The board will conduct its annual officer election to fill the positions of president, vice president and treasurer. Eight of the 26 OFBF districts will elect board members.
Nearly 900 members and guests will celebrate the organization’s 2011 accomplishments and honor the contributions of individuals.
Awards to be presented will honor outstanding county Farm Bureau programs, individuals who excelled in membership activities and distinguished service to Farm Bureau and Ohio agriculture. The Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet winners will be recognized as well.
OFBF President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher will deliver remarks. Additional speakers include Steve Rasmussen, chief executive officer of Nationwide Insurance, Mary Byers, co-author of the book Race for Relevance and Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute.