AFBF President Bob Stallman (left) congratulates OFBF President Steve Hirsch, a farmer from Ross County.

Ohio farmers take the stage at national meeting

Buckeye Farm News

Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff traveled to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to celebrate the previous year’s achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year.

Top honors for Ohio farmers

Ohio Farm Bureau members received several honors during the meeting, including:



  • The Pinnacle Award, the top honor for a state organization.
  • The President’s Award for superior programming in leadership development, member services and public relations and communications.
  • Awards for Excellence in all five programming areas including the President’s Award categories plus education and outreach and policy development and implementation.

“This shows what members working together can accomplish. Our members, staff, friends at Nationwide and all our partners should be very proud of their organization.”    ~ Jack Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president

Policy development

Ohio Farm Bureau members and their policy positions were well represented at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. The delegate body accepted several Ohio resolutions, adding them to national policy. Ohio resolutions that were accepted include clarifying language on how family farm ownership is defined and policy to support the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer at farm markets and farmers markets. Ohio delegates also spoke from the floor on topics including dairy policy, pharmaceutical prescriptions for animals, livestock identifications and crop insurance.

“I really enjoyed the policy development process and being able to learn more about it at annual meeting. I was able to throw my experience sitting on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board into the policy discussion when questions arose about policies on the use of prescription antibiotics with a veterinarian when there is an established relationship.”~ Jeff Wuebker, Ohio Farm Bureau District 14 state trustee

Nationwide shows support for Farm Bureau

Nationwide was a popular part of the trade show at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting where the Columbus Zoo’s  Jack Hanna made several appearances. Nationwide also supported the American Farm Bureau Foundation, which supports agricultural education efforts. Nationwide matched silent auction bids up to $15,000.

“Nationwide’s roots are in Farm Bureau and as the No. 1 ag insurance provider, we have never lost commitment to the industry. We believe that the American Farm Bureau, all the state Farm Bureaus and county Farm Bureaus are instrumental in protecting, preserving and ensuring that a positive production environment exists today and well into the future.”  ~ Kurt Ely, Nationwide Insurance vice president of sponsor relations

Photo by American Farm Bureau

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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