Ohio Farm Bureau adds additional Issue Advisory Teams, applications due April 1

Members interested in identifying, researching and talking about issues important to Ohio Farm Bureau should consider applying for the organization’s two new issue advisory teams: Advocacy and Economic Value, and Industry Engagement.

Issue advisory teams provide Farm Bureau members the opportunity to engage with peers on a specific interest or issue. Team members may review, research, discuss, draft and recommend new policies, programming and/or activities addressing this interest area.

Team members share their work with their county Farm Bureau president and board of trustees. Their input could be used by the county Farm Bureau’s Public Policy Action Team to initiate programs at local, multi-county and state levels.

The Advocacy and Economic Value team will identify and share the economic value of public policy initiatives that are important to Farm Bureau members based on member type, whether farmer, farm owner, ag-related businesses or nonfarmers. Industry Engagement team members will measure and explore the value of group membership, strategize on surfacing and soliciting group membership candidates and provide input on group member content for organization events and activities.

Nominations are open until April 1, and team members will be notified April 8. Members are expected to attend OFBF’s Trends & Issues Conference June 1, where issue advisory team meetings will be held.

Those interested in applying should contact their county Farm Bureau president, organization director or Dale Arnold, OFBF’s director of energy, utility and local government policy. For more information about issue advisory teams, contact Arnold via email or (614) 246-8294. This brochure outlines the additional eight teams.

Pictured are members of the Issues Advisory Teams, at the 2015 Trends and Issues Conference at Lake Erie.