Members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) are participating in a survey to assess the damage associated with the 2012 drought. Farm Bureau will use the survey data to work with its members, government and the public to address the consequences of this summer’s extreme weather.In addition, OFBF has launched a Drought Resources Page to provide farmers with timely news and useful advice. The survey is also is being distributed in the July issue of Farm Bureau’s newspaper, Buckeye Farm News. Take the survey.
The survey is collecting information about crop and livestock conditions, water supplies and the expected economic impact on individual farms. It also gauges farmer interest in several government disaster programs. Farmers also may ask questions and offer suggestions via the survey.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Drought Resources Page has a reporting stream including material from government, academic and media sources. It also highlights reports from farmers who are documenting the drought on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.Farm Bureau members also are invited to submit questions or ideas by visiting with their county Farm Bureau office.
“This drought is causing a lot of pain among our farmers,” said OFBF Executive Vice President John C. “Jack” Fisher. “We want to be able to tell their stories and that depends on us having credible data, so I encourage all our members to participate in the survey.”