Belmont County Farm Bureau members served as delegates to the 98th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Columbus. They are (first row from left) Carmen Mengon, St. Clairsville; Martha Winland, Jerusalem; Betsy Anderson, Organization Director; (second row); Andy Barricklow, Bethesda and T.J. Jefferis, Jr., Barnesville.
The delegates established the organization’s policy on protecting members’ rights as parties to oil and gas leases, funding for Ohio’s roads and bridges and voluntary tracking of best farm management practices that improve the quality of Ohio’s waters. Delegates also discussed the huge property tax increases farmers are experiencing and efforts to obtain legislative relief.
Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive food and farm organization.