Oho Farm Bureau has increased its membership for 2012. Both total membership, at 214,400, and farmer membership, at 59,754 exceeded last year’s numbers. This is the 44th time in the past 45 years that OFBF has attained overall membership growth.
Credit for the accomplishment is given to the organization’s volunteers and staff as well as to Farm Bureau’s long-standing partner, Nationwide Insurance.
Farm Bureau emphasizes its grassroots campaign through which members invite others in their communities to join. In a special promotion this year to recognize the work of volunteers, Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member Eric Prysi won the grand prize – a 2012 Chevy Silverado pickup truck.
Other Farm Bureau members who won prizes were Ruby Kinsey, Tuscarawas County (lifetime OFBF membership), Jenifer Pemberton, Mahoning County ($1,000 CD from Nationwide Bank), Karin Litvak, Portage County (OSU football experience), Dale Adkins, Clinton County (iPad) and Rose Bell, Jefferson County ($500 Sherwin Williams gift card). The winner of the 6500 watt portable Generac Generator is pending confirmation.
The special promotion “recognized Farm Bureau’s long history of neighbors talking to neighbors about the value of working together,” said Keith Stimpert, Ohio Farm Bureau senior vice president, organization.
He also cited the contributions made by Nationwide to bring new members into the organization.
“Nationwide is our leading member benefit provider, but more importantly we share common values. Their commitment to helping build Farm Bureau membership is greatly appreciated,” Stimpert said.
Established in 1919 as an agricultural organization, OFBF has grown to include members from across the food chain from farmers to consumers. It is engaged in public policy and communications, and provides a variety of products and services to its members including special pricing on Nationwide products and services, Medical Mutual individual health plans, $500 discounts on most GM vehicles and various cost savings for businesses and families.
More information about the value of an Ohio Farm Bureau membership is available at www.ofbf.org.
Photo caption: Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member Eric Prysi, holding banner with wife, Shelly, won this 2012 Chevy Silverado pickup truck in Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Every member sign a member” sweepstakes. Joining them for the prize presentation were (from left) Ohio Farm Bureau staff members Dan Rapp, Michele Specht and Keith Stimpert.