Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III welcomed delegates to the 99th annual meeting with an opening address that both inspired and challenged the members gathered in Columbus in December.
One of the biggest changes facing the organization involves the sale of memberships. Burkett encouraged members attending the meeting to think beyond memberships for other sources of income.
“We own membership,” Burkett said, noting that Nationwide is no longer selling Farm Bureau memberships. “‘We’ means you and I as members, and our amazing staff. These changes allow us to concentrate on our core while retaining and engaging supporting members in our surrounding communities.”
Nationwide remains Farm Bureau’s most important partner, Burkett said. Nationwide will continue to offer numerous benefits to Farm Bureau’s active members.
Burkett highlighted several accomplishments of Farm Bureau over the past year, including policy wins such as legislative reform to the Current Agricultural Use Value formula which saves landowners 30 percent more on average, and American Farm Bureau’s seven Counties of Excellence Award winners from Ohio.
He also touched on Farm Bureau’s strategic plan, which will guide the organization through 2020 and beyond.
“I am confident as we approach the celebration of our centennial next year, our strategic plan will position your Farm Bureau to serve generations to come and the communities you surround.”