Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau delegates, President Thomas Kaskey with his wife Patti, and Dave and Joyce Peth, will be attending the 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) on Dec. 2 – 4 in Columbus. At the state’s largest and most inclusive food and farm organization, delegates will elect leaders, establish policies for the coming year, conduct leadership training and be recognized for county Farm Bureaus and individuals contributions to the organization and community. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Strong Foundation…Building for Tomorrow.”
A delegation of nealy 350 county leaders from across Ohio will gather to finalize the organization’s stances on topics important to all Ohioans. Issues are expected to include drugs in Ohio’s communities including the outlook for legal marijuana, energy development, agriculture and water quality, meat inspection regulations, improvements to property tax laws, invasive species and the structure of local governments. County delegates will also elect trustees to the OFBF Board.
Delegates will be updated on the roll out of Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting . A special session will introduce members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
Featured speakers during the meeting will be Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch, OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher and Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen.
Other meeting highlights will be honoring top performing county Farm Bureaus for their accomplishments in advancing the goals of the organization, recognition of individual members for long careers of service, and the naming of new chairpersons for OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals program.
The third annual Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum takes place>Dec. 2 in conjunction with the annual meeting. Among the topics to be presented are local food opportunities, water quality issues, farm succession planning and immigration issues. Keynote speaker for the Forum is NFL great Larry Csonka.
Coverage of all events will be available in real time online at ofb.ag/97thAnnualMeeting.
The mission of Ohio Farm Bureau is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.