Together With Farmers is the theme of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th annual meeting, Dec. 6 – 8 at the Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Downtown Hotel.

More than 600 attendees will be on hand as the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization establishes its policy on important state and federal issues, elects leaders and recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and the organization.

Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp will address the delegates. They are expected to highlight some of the organization’s greatest accomplishments of the past year including reform of Ohio’s farm property tax laws, expanded efforts by farmers to protect water quality and assistance to members engaged in oil and gas, solar and wind projects in Ohio. Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen also will address the convention.

The organization’s priorities and positions for the coming year will be debated and voted on by 358 delegates who represent all 88 Ohio counties. Energy is expected to be a big topic with delegates discussing alternative energy policy, royalty payments to landowners and eminent domain challenges.

Delegates also will discuss the continuing role farmers are playing in protecting the environment. Farmers recognize the need to find balance between protecting water resources and maintaining efficient food production.

Delegates are expected to support OFBF’s continuing work on topics such as trade, immigration, crop insurance and federal conservation programs.

County Farm Bureaus that have carried out exceptional local programming will be recognized as will individuals who have made distinguished contributions to Ohio agriculture and Farm Bureau. Young Agricultural Professional leaders and contest winners will be honored, and finalists in the Discussion Meet competition will be selected. New initiatives by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will be introduced.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to work together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more about the organization at

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely614-246-8230.

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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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
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

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