Ohio Farm Bureau

USDA Assistant to the Secretary in Ohio to discuss opioid epidemic

Ohio Farm Bureau will host USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and other key partners for a roundtable discussion on the impacts of the opioid epidemic on rural communities. Topics will include challenges associated with substance use disorder; strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery; and how these measures can be replicated to effectively address the epidemic in other rural communities.

What: Opioid epidemic roundtable discussion.

When:  Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Reporters are welcome to observe the discussion from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants will be available for interviews from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.   

Where:  Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Conference Room

280 N. High Street, Columbus 43215

11th Floor

Please check in with building security and let them know you are attending an Ohio Farm Bureau event. Security is on the ground floor. If you enter from the parking garage, use intercom to connect with security.

Other Participants:                          

Dave Hall – Ohio state director, USDA – Rural Development

Adam Sharp – Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president

Joe Logan – Ohio Farmers Union president

Devin Furhman – Nationwide Insurance Vice President of Sponsor Relations

Dan Durheim – Nationwide Insurance Associate Vice President of Sponsor Relations

Roger Rennekamp – OSU Extension associate dean and director

Fran Gerbig – Ohio Prevention Action Alliance assistant executive director

Jon Schade – Jackson Township (Montgomery County) chief of police

Todd Davis –  FFA Camp Muskingum director

Karen Yanico – Cambridge City Schools social worker

Brandon Kern – Ohio Farm Bureau senior director for strategic partnerships

Becky Cropper – Brown County Farm Bureau member and 4-H educator

Michele Specht – Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

Rita Lahmers – Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member

Jim Rowe – Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau president

Dave Stiles – Tuscarawas County educator

Roger Winemiller – Montgomery County farmer



Contact for Asst. Sec. Hazlett:

Heather Hartley

Public Affairs specialist

USDA Ohio Rural Development

614-255-2394 (office) | 614-832-0842 (cell)


Ohio Farm Bureau contact:

Joe Cornely

(614) 246-8230 or

 [email protected]