2015 Year in Review Part 2: Building Community

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
The Food Dialogues: Toledo event brought together experts from city government, agriculture, business, environment and science to discuss ways to balance clean water and food production.












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.

Farm, symphony
Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Benefit in the Barn: A Symphony on the Farm raised $20,000 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.












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.

The 2015 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners were (from center left) Tyler White of Montgomery County, Mercedes Woodson of Montgomery County, Leah Brown of Warren County and Natalie Pavlick of Hamilton County. Judges were Rep. Brian Hill (left), Elizabeth Cassanta, Ohio State University assistant director of competitive admissions, and Sereana Howard Dresbach of Dresbach Consulting.

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.

Harvest for Hospice
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau’s Harvest for Hospice event raised more than $26,000 for Community Hospice in Dover.
Amanda Domsitz 

Amanda Domsitz is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.