Ohio Farm Bureau’s Issue Advisory Teams spent the day in Cincinnati June 15 engaging with peers on interests and issues pertaining to Farm Bureau policy during the 2017 Trends and Issues Conference.

The teams are organized around the following topic areas:

  • Advocacy and Economic Value
  • Farm Policy and Business Sustainability
  • Food Chain and the Consumer
  • Industry Engagement
  • Labor, Transportation and Energy
  • Environment
  • Workforce Development and Education
  • Livestock, Food and Nutrition
  • Health Care and Safety
J.J. Jones from the Center for Food Integrity discusses consumer food trends and trust.
J.J. Jones from the Center for Food Integrity discusses consumer food trends and trust.

Part of the day was spent at Cincinnati State College where the teams met to discuss potential or current Farm Bureau public policy topics, as well as heard from J.J. Jones from The Center for Food Integrity about consumer food trends and trust.

Attendees also took a tour of the Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB Enterprises)’s facility at the Port of Cincinnati. While there, Farm Bureau volunteers and staff learned about the aging lock system on the Ohio River and how grain makes its way from Ohio, down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Port of New Orleans and mostly off to grain markets in Japan.

Advisory teams will continue to meet throughout the year on various policy issues. Team members review, research, discuss, draft and recommend new policies, programming and/or activities addressing their specific interest areas.

Team members will actively share their work with their county Farm Bureau president and board of trustees. Their input could be used by county Farm Bureaus to initiate programs at local, multicounty and state levels.

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