Ashtabula County Farm Bureau has been recognized by Ohio State University Extension for its support of county and statewide Extension programming and for taking an active role in promoting Ohio State University Extension in the county.

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau received the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals Friend of Extension Award during the Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University.

This award is given annually to recipients who were nominated by county, regional or state Extension staff for their outstanding service to Ohio State University Extension.

Organization Director Mandy Orahood said the county is working with Extension on a nutrient management phosphorous task force, which is a program to collect weather data to determine the percentage of days in area watersheds where manure or fertilizer application would be acceptable. The county conducted an Ag Day in conjunction with Extension where more than 1,000 first grade students learned about all aspects of agriculture from livestock to crops to fruits and veggies and everything in between. Bus transportation for all the schools in the county was paid by Extension and Farm Bureau.

CAUV, water quality and best management practices seminars are conducted with Extension as well.
Pictured from left to right: David Marrison, Ashtabula County Extension director; Mandy Orahood, Farm Bureau organization director; Lynn Frank, Ashtabula County Farm Bureau president; and Jenna Hoyt, Ashtabula County 4-H educator.

Online extra: Read an article by David Marrison about the relationship between Ashtabula County and Extension.

 

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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