Together with farmers and the entire agricultural community, Farm Bureau built a steady momentum throughout 2017. An increase in active membership met with policy wins at the Statehouse as Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) reform was passed after years of advocacy work by Farm Bureau members and staff.
Hundreds visited the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms and learned how farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin are researching and testing voluntary conservation practices to protect water quality — just one of several efforts Farm Bureau and partners have participated in to work on this priority issue for the organization and the state. Farm Bureau members statewide also took steps and worked with community leaders to help combat the ongoing opioid crisis, which touches rural and urban communities across Ohio. Those partnerships culminated in sponsorship of Hope for Ohio: A Teen Forum on the Opioid Crisis in December.
County Farm Bureaus continued to do what they do best — work to better local communities. In 2017, eight counties were recognized by American Farm Bureau with seven County Activities of Excellence awards, the most of any state in the country.
As Farm Bureau enters into its 99th year in 2018, it will continue the mission of “working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.” While looking forward to future success, take a look back at even more accomplishments from 2017 through our Year in Review in the upcoming January/February 2018 Our Ohio magazine, mailing the first week of January.