Jerry Lahmers of Newcomerstown is serving as a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2014 policy development committee. The committee collects and organizes policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by OFBF’s delegate body at the annual meeting in December.
During the committee’s first meeting, members heard background information and participated in discussions about several priority issues. Top items on the agenda included nutrients and water quality, energy, state and local tax policy, Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV), future role of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, challenges created by growing drug problems statewide and access to health care in rural counties.
The committee consists of 11 members of OFBF’s state board of trustees plus 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus. Lahmers is a state trustee representing Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.