Changes are coming next year for Ohio Farm Bureau’s advisory teams, which will now be issue driven.
In the past, the advisory teams (previously called commodity advisory committees) were both commodity and issue related. Advisory team members identify, research and talk about issues important to OFBF and come up with policy or program recommendations.
After a review of the program, OFBF decided to switch to advisory teams that are specifically issue focused and driven and to reduce the number of teams from nine to eight. They will be known as Ohio Farm Bureau’s issue advisory teams.
The change will help Ohio Farm Bureau align with American Farm Bureau Federation, which also is switching to issue-based commit- tees in 2015 and help OFBF identify possible candidates to stand for nomination to AFBF’s committees, said David White, Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of commodity relations.
“This is a great opportunity to engage members who haven’t previously been involved with advisory teams. The goal is to have mem- bers actively involved in identifying specific issues and strengthening Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy development and implementation process,” White said.
OFBF is accepting nominations until Oct. 1 for Farm Bureau members to be on an issue advisory team. Members are expected to attend OFBF’s Trends & Issues Conference March 26, 2015, where issue advisory team meetings will be held.
Those interested in applying should contact their county Farm Bureau president, organization director or White. For more informa- tion about issue advisory teams, contact White at (614) 246-8261 or [email protected]
Ohio Farm Bureau’s advisory teams are one of many ways members provide grassroots input on the organization’s policies and programs.
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