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FFA, farming around the world highlights of Our Ohio magazine

The March/April issue of Our Ohio magazine has a little bit of everything, but one of the main themes is FFA. The organization is showcased in Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s “Across the Table” column, as well as in a feature on long-time Farm Bureau Organization Director Kim Harless and the FFA chapters in southern Ohio she had a hand in helping rebuild.

Other issue highlights include a feature about Farm Bureau members’ travels around the world to study different agricultural techniques and members hosting visitors from other countries to share farming ideas. Their experiences are quite varied and the story includes a sidebar on Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy team’s Engage Cuba efforts as well.

A historical perspective look at Ohio Energy Cooperatives and the role Farm Bureau played in establishing many co-ops over the years is another feature. It illustrates what farmers can do when they come together to solve an issue.
There is a story about former board member Ellen Joslin and the farming community who has helped her since her husband’s unexpected passing in May.

This edition’s food feature is on maple syrup and highlights a couple of the member sugar houses we visited last year during the Maple Madness Driving Tour. Our ever-popular recipes all include maple syrup.

The March/April gardening story revolves around soil and also has an FFA component as instructors throughout the state weigh in on why learning about soil will help farming and non-farming FFA students alike for years to come.

As winter comes to a close our main Our Ohio audience, community members, turn their thoughts to spring. With that in mind a year-long feature with Union County member Ron Burns begins in this issue. We follow his “farm year” – from spring planting to fall harvesting and everything in between in a pictorial spread in four of our 2017 editions.

The Our Community feature capping off the issue is on AgriPOWER participant Andy Hollenback, his wife Mamie and their farm in Licking County. Hollenback also works at Evolution Ag and in his story he speaks to the relationship between farmers and consumers.

Finally, as in every magazine, there are Grow & Know events with several farmer breakfasts showcased in March/April issue.

Our Ohio magazine strives to connect consumers to agriculture through topics such as food, gardening, cooking, animals and events. As a benefit of being an Ohio Farm Bureau member, the publication is delivered in the mail six times a year.

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Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.