OFBF’s 99th annual meeting Dec. 6-8 in Columbus

Farm Bureau members, official delegates and guests are invited to Ohio Farm Bureau’s 99th Annual Meeting Dec. 6-8 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus and Greater Columbus Convention Center. This year’s theme is Together with Farmers.

The meeting begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the first round of the Young Agricultural Professionals Discussion Meet state finals. Delegates are invited to a gathering from 3-6 p.m. offering displays from Nationwide Insurance, member benefit partners, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and counties who earn the County Activities of Excellence award from American Farm Bureau. Trustee dinners with delegates and a trustees reception for all guests close the day Wednesday.

The meeting resumes Thursday morning with breakfast then the opening of the general session, which includes President Frank Burkett’s annual address.

Prior to the general session there will be a delegate orientation providing an overview of delegate responsibilities, including a change in the way that policy proposals will be submitted from the floor, according to Dr. Larry Antosch, senior director of policy development and environmental policy.

“All proposed policy changes submitted by the delegates from the floor must be submitted using the policy change form and be signed by both the delegate submitting the proposed policy change as well as the county Farm Bureau president (or their alternate),” he said. “This will ensure that the whole delegate body will be able to see the proposed policy when it is projected (on the screen during the meeting).”

The policy session will continue throughout the day, and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp and Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen are scheduled to speak after lunch. Trustee elections take place Thursday afternoon.

The day concludes with presentations of the county Farm Bureau awards, membership recognition, Young Agricultural Professionals state award winners and the recognition of Distinguished Service Award winners: former Women’s Program Director Shirley Boyd and former Farm Bureau presidents Ken Davis and Fred Finney.

The annual meeting will conclude on Friday. Delegate and spouse/guest registration should be made through county Farm Bureau offices.