Comments from Board President, Sharon Drown

Hello, Welcome to spring!! I must say I am very glad spring is here. It was a very cold and long winter. One thing I did enjoy was going to Marblehead and seeing the ice jams.  It was quite beautiful.

In February I got to go to Columbus for Ag day at the Capitol. I attended along with Peter Miller and Steve Pearson. The highlight of the trip for me was getting to meet our State Representative, Rex Damschroder. In March I had the pleasure of going to Washington D.C. on the Annual Presidents trip.  Of course Mother Nature decided to send a winter storm, cancelling our first flight. We finally flew out later in the afternoon.  In the evening, we took a nighttime tour of D.C. The next day was spent listening to our congressman.  I was able to meet with our congressman, Jim Jordan.  The majority of the congressmen talked about tax reform, immigration reform, the Farm Bill and welfare reform.

We had a successful membership drive so far. For our 45 day challenge we needed to sign 27 new members and we were successful meeting this goal.  We still have a little ways to go to achieve farmer gain before November 30.  So if you have a chance, ask a friend, neighbor or coworker to join!

In March I attended the Trends and Issues conference in Columbus along with Peter Miller.  We heard several key speakers in the morning and in the afternoon we spent working on policy suggestions for our specific area of interest.  I attended for specialty crops and labor .  Peter was in feed grain. We both felt it was a very productive day.

So far, it seems to be a slow start to farming this spring. Or else I am being impatient. As I am finishing up this letter, it is May 1st.  I have seen a few farmers have started to work ground but I haven’t seen much planting being done yet. I am more than ready to hit the ground running and start farming.  “Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.”

Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”

― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food I encourage anyone to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Myself or another member of the board will do our best to assist you. 

Let us pray for a safe and productive farming season!

Sharon Drown

President, Sandusky County Farm Bureau



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