Ohio Farm Bureau to hold annual meeting

For Immediate Release

Nov. 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – The 94th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) will be held Nov. 28 – 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. More than 800 attendees, including 341 delegates, will gather to establish the group’s policy priorities for the coming year and to acknowledge individual and organizational accomplishments.

Policy discussions are expected to include protection of private property rights as a component of energy development in Ohio; maintaining Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) for select types of farmland; state budget and tax issues; privatization of the Ohio Turnpike and farmers’ role in managing nutrients to protect water quality.

OFBF’s policy session will culminate many months of work by individual members, advisory councils, county Farm Bureaus and state organization leaders who have submitted ideas on the stance the organization should take on important issues.

OFBF President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher will deliver their annual addresses to the membership. Other featured speakers include Steve Rasmussen, chief executive officer of Nationwide and Dr. Bruce McPheron, the new vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.

Elections will be held for the offices of president, vice president and treasurer as well as for several seats on the board of trustees.

Award presentations will be made to individuals who excelled as volunteer membership recruiters and to county Farm Bureaus judged to have exceptional programs at the local level. Winners of OFBF’s annual Discussion Meet will be determined during the convention, and the group’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture award winners will be recognized. Distinguished Service awards will be presented as well.

Attendees will visit with many of OFBF’s friends and member benefit providers during the convention’s trade show. Educational sessions will present information on estate planning, community engagement, water quality and state tax policy.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. Its mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.

Live updates from convention attendees and OFBF staff will be available at ofbf.org, facebook.com/OhioFarmBureau and on Twitter, hashtag #OFBF12.


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