Cuyahoga Farm Bureau delegates David Peth, Gayle Hansen and Kim Rassi-Gollin will participate with more than 800 members and guests at the 95th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
Delegates from across the state representing every county farm bureau will establish the organization’s policy for the coming year and discuss a new model for membership. President Steve Hirsch, Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher and Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen will address the attendees. Trustee and officer elections will be held.
Outstanding contributions by individual members and county Farm Bureaus will be recognized as will winners of the organization’s Distinguished Service Awards. Attendees also will visit with business partners, member service providers and other farm organizations during the Community Showcase.
New this year, in conjunction with the OFBF event, is the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum, which includes members of farm and food organizations, civic groups, business, government and other sectors who will focus on general leadership skills, developing boards of directors/trustees, technology and current policy issues.
During OFBF’s policy session, 346 delegates will finalize the organization’s stance on issues important to Ohio. Among the topics will be nutrient management to protect water resources, funding for Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute, assuring proper maintenance of drainage ditches, energy and food production, issues related to drones in agriculture, joint economic development districts and state tax policy.
Delegates also will act on proposed changes to membership classifications designed to maintain Ohio Farm Bureau’s ability to serve its members and contribute to community building across the state.
Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. It serves its members through engagement in public policy, community conversations and cost-saving member benefits. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.