Ohio Farm Bureau’s Issue Advisory Teams spent the day in Massillon June 14 engaging with peers on interests and issues pertaining to Farm Bureau policy during the 2018 Trends and Issues Conference.
Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, kicked off the event at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Stark County with an overview of the university’s work on water quality research.
Members then boarded buses and toured K.W. Zellers and Son produce farm, RJ Matthews (PBS Animal Health) and 3-D Meats, a meat processor and retail store, before spending the afternoon in policy discussion committee meetings upon returning to the career center.
The teams are organized around the following topic areas:
- Animal Agriculture
- Farm Policy, Business Development and Sustainability
- Food Supply Chain and Specialty Crops
- Transportation and Energy
- Workforce Development and Education
- Young Farmers
Advisory teams will continue to meet throughout the year on various policy issues. Team members review, research, discuss, draft and recommend new policies, programming and/or activities addressing their specific interest areas.
Team members will actively share their work with their county Farm Bureau president and board of trustees. Their input could be used by county Farm Bureaus to initiate programs at local, multicounty and state levels.