2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum to be held Dec. 10

The second annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum will be held Dec. 10 in Columbus and will focus on how Ohioans can effectively engage and improve their local communities. The event brings together members of farm and food organizations, civic groups, business, government and other sectors for a day-long event that features four themes: leadership development, community development, technology in agriculture and current issues. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. Catlett is a futurist with positive and upbeat predictions and has worked with the World Bank and U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education and Energy. He has written numerous books and articles and works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations on future planning.

Sessions include community engagement, Ohio’s tax policy, energizing entrepreneurs, farm advocacy, building an online presence, motivating people, managing conflict and on-farm drones.

More than 20 organizations are helping plan and organize the event and are encouraging their members to attend. The forum is open to the public. Cost for individuals is $75. Deadline to register is Nov. 21. If you are interested in representing your county Farm Bureau, please contact Eileen at (800) 327-6055 and the county will cover the cost of the event. Complete details and self registration at Online registration must be made with a credit card.

Forum sponsors are Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, American Dairy Association Mideast, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio AgriBusiness Association, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Council and United Producers, Inc.

The event is being held prior to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th annual meeting Dec. 11-12.

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