Top-notch County Programming
Farm Bureau members worked together to address community challenges such as hunger, water quality and the environment, youth and adult education, wellness, sustaining local foods and more. Nearly all county Farm Bureaus used membership funds to plan events that raised tens of thousands of dollars for food banks, scholarships, youth programs and various other community programs.
Food Dialogues: Toledo
Experts from city government, agriculture, business, environment and science discussed multiple facets of the water quality issue and answered audience questions. OFBF, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Ohio Soybean Council sponsored the live, online interactive event.
Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair
The Ohio State Fair was again a great showcase for Ohio agriculture with a record number of sponsors and many VIP visitors. A new display was the “canstruction” exhibit (a tractor and combine shaped from 3,624 canned food items), which was donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. OFBF partnered with Bob Evans, Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington and Event Strategies to purchase the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow.
Programming for Young Adults
OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals program continued to grow with 540 attending last winter’s conference. A new biweekly e-newsletter, Growing Our Generation, was started this year with the content created by young farmers and ag professionals. Additionally, OFBF continued to support programming for younger members such as the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, collegiate Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and state fair ambassadors.