Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting to be held in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), in Columbus.
The state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization will conduct its annual policy meeting, provide leadership training and celebrate the accomplishments of its members and county Farm Bureaus. More than 700 members and guests are expected to attend.
During the business meeting, 347 delegates representing all of the state’s county Farm Bureaus will establish the group’s public policy priorities for the coming year. Delegates are expected to discuss a variety of state tax issues including the Current Agricultural Use Value program. Delegates also will likely address agriculture’s role in protecting the state’s water quality. Other expected policy considerations include agriculture’s relationship with Ohio State University, rural crime, energy development, education and school funding and rural utilities and phone service.
Also during the business session, results of a year-long OFBF membership task force study will be presented for delegate consideration.
Attendees will hear addresses from OFBF President Steve Hirsch, Executive Vice President Jack Fisher and Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen.
Individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the organization. Top performing county Farm Bureaus will be honored and several long-time agricultural leaders will be presented with Distinguished Service Awards.
The second annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum will be held in conjunction with OFBF’s annual meeting. The day-long event gives attendees training in leadership and community building as well as provides sessions offering insights into key current affairs.
Real-time reports and posts from the annual meeting will be online at http://ofb.ag/AnnualMeetingSocial .
Ohio Farm Bureau was formed in 1919 with the idea that farmers working together could solve community problems. That approach continues today as the organization pursues its goal of building a partnership between farmers and consumers.