Hundreds of Farm Bureau members gathered in downtown Columbus to meet one-on-one with their state senators and representatives during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Day at the Capital Feb. 28. Ohio Farm Bureau priority issues such as water quality, economic development, energy and the drug epidemic were discussed, along with a host of other community issues.
Wendy’s Chief Communications Officer Liliana Esposito gave the keynote address at lunch while simultaneously being a guest on Town Hall Ohio with Farm Bureau’s Joe Cornely. She spoke before a room full of Farm Bureau members and state legislators about the importance and challenges of communication with both farmers and consumers. Concurrent sessions were held on the nuances of the policy development process and on having the information needed to help dispel myths about agriculture perpetuated by various outside sources.
Continuously throughout the day, Farm Bureau members visited with state senators and representatives and their staffs at the Statehouse and Riffe Center in downtown Columbus. The power and organization of Ohio Farm Bureau was referenced more than once, notably including the success of passing CAUV reform last year. The annual Ag Day at the Capital event embodies the grassroots efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau member volunteers.