Ohio policy recommendations make impact at AFBF convention

Several of Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy recommendations were adopted by American Farm Bureau at AFBF’s 98th Annual Convention in Phoenix.

Policy recommendations regarding more clarification and review of livestock and poultry health via the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive, the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) at night and the establishment of a consistent process for wildlife pest and predator control all made their way into the AFBF policy book because of the efforts of Farm Bureau members.

“It’s exciting to see policies that start with grassroots efforts in Ohio become adopted as AFBF policies that Farm Bureau will advocate for on a national level,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president. “It’s a great reflection of both the tenacity of our members and how well respected Ohio is throughout the nation.”

Other policies adopted by AFBF at the convention included calls for comprehensive regulatory reform, a unified farm bill that includes funding for both nutrition and farm safety net programs, flexibility in the H-2A foreign workers program and protection of proprietary data collected from farmers.

Other Ohio Farm Bureau highlights from Phoenix:

  • Staff and volunteers from Ohio Farm Bureau’s eight County Activities of Excellence winners spoke with convention attendees about their successful local county programming.
  • Shelby County’s Sarah and Aaron Heilers were named among the Top 10 finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture competition. Discussion Meet participant Stephen Caraway of Adams County and Young Farmer contestant Craig Pohlman of Van Wert County represented the Buckeye State in their competitions.
  • Ohio Farm Bureau received six Awards of Excellence for education and outreach; leadership development; member benefits; membership initiatives; policy development and implementation and public relations and communications programs.
  • Ohio received the New Horizon Award for innovative programming, winning for Farm Bureau’s county water quality grants initiative.