Important things to know for the 95th OFBF annual meeting

There are a lot things happening at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting Dec. 4 – 6. Here is a compilation of everything you need to know.

Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

New this year is the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum Dec. 4 where more than 20 food and agriculture organizations are collaborating. This is a great opportunity to expand leadership skills by participating in this event. Participants will have the opportunity to attend specialized learning tracks on general leadership, developing board members, technology, and current food and farm issues. Deadline to register is Nov. 27. The goal of the event is to bring together a diverse group of Farm Bureau leaders and other food community partners so that they can learn and network with one another.

Policy Development

Policy development begins at annual meeting Dec. 5. Delegates will develop the organization’s positions on farm and rural issues and are expected to take action on a variety subjects as they establish the official positions for the state’s largest farm organization. One of the major subjects to be debated is discussion of tax policy that will ask delegates to rank their preferences for types of taxes. Delegates will also discuss possible components of a fertilizer applicator certification program, should one be established.

Ninth Annual Rural – Urban Community Auction

The Ninth Annual Rural – Urban Community Auction is now open, with proceeds supporting Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. grants, public outreach and scholarship programs. The online portion of the auction is open through Dec. 3 and will conclude with a live finale as part of the annual meeting Dessert Reception and Harvest Banquet Dec. 5. County Farm Bureaus, interested businesses, member families and friends can donate items for the event. Feel free to use the Donate Items icon found the auction bidding website.

Contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information about annual meeting.

If you cannot attend the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum or annual meeting you can follow the live tweeting at the meeting using these hashtags:

  • Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum: #OFFLF
  • Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: #OFBF13