Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp started his keynote address to delegates at the 99th annual meeting by quoting Farm Bureau’s new mission statement early in his remarks: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

“It’s simple. It’s straightforward and to the point,” he said.

Sharp has completed 56 stops so far on his CORE tour in the counties, talking with members across the state.

“We have tons of commonality,” he said. “I heard four, five, six of the same themes in these meetings. That helps me understand where we want to be collectively moving forward.”

In that vein, Sharp spoke about the six goals of the 2018-2020 strategic plan surrounding advocacy, membership, communications, financial strength, strategic partnerships and organizational excellence.

It is his organizational vision and desire for Farm Bureau to build on relationships within the agricultural community — including building stronger partnerships with commodity groups.

“Nobody is better situated to bring the ag community together than Ohio Farm Bureau,” he said.

Sharp also highlighted the work done in local communities by county Farm Bureaus as well as accomplishments by members and staff to achieve CAUV reform in a challenging political environment. He lifted up continued volunteer efforts by farmers who are remaining proactive about the issue of water quality and the importance of Farm Bureau to remain the “voice of reason” on sound policy decisions in the state of Ohio.

“There is one reason I am excited about our future and that’s you, our members,” he told the crowd in December. “Thank you for being the best grassroots organization in this state and one of the best grassroots organizations in the country.”

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
Mandy Way's avatar
Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
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
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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

Advocacy
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