Crawford County Farm Bureau held its Annual Meeting July 20 at the Crawford County Fair. At the annual meeting, trustee elections were held, delegates to represent the county at the state level were selected, and public policies were voted on and approved. The approved policies will guide the Crawford County Farm Bureau for the coming year as well as provide direction for the Ohio Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau.
Crawford County Farm Bureau also highlighted the accomplishments of programs held during the past year and thanked the volunteers who made local activities successful. The Distinguished Service to Crawford County Farm Bureau Award is chosen by the county board of trustees for making an outstanding contribution to their local communities and the agriculture industry. This year’s award went to the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association for their partnership with Farm Bureau at the annual Crawford County Carcass Show and the 2017 Drive-It Yourself Farm Tour. Our two organizations share a common goal to support agriculture and 4-H and FFA youth in Crawford County.
This was the first year for two additional celebrations of the local community: a scholarship fund for future agricultural leaders and recognition for one who had dedicated so much to the agricultural community.
Two $500 scholarships to support and further the education of Crawford County students were awarded. Taylor Lutz, a junior at Ohio State, is studying agriscience education and production agriculture. She is from Bucyrus and is the daughter of Greg and Dawn Lutz. Tyler Schneider is a 2018 graduate of Buckeye Central, who will be studying accounting at North Central State College. He is from New Washington and his parents are Edwin and Danelle Schneider.
This was also the first year for the Crawford County Agricultural Hall of Fame award. Crawford County Farm Bureau partnered with other agriculture organizations to provide recognition for outstanding contributions by an individual to agriculture in Crawford County. Tom Daiber spoke about Jim Neff, a mentor and friend, who was selected to receive this award for his service as an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Wynford High School, his many other accomplishments in Crawford County and the State of Ohio, and his volunteer work in developing countries. An honorary plaque was presented to his wife and another will be displayed in the permanent Crawford County Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Crawford County Farm Bureau is now making plans for 2019. We seek to impact and improve the community. We strive to represent our local farmers, maintain strong relationships with elected officials, and reach out to consumers with facts about food production. If you’d like more information about Farm Bureau, or better still if you’d like to help with some of our projects, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact one of the county trustees or call or email the county office. (800) 327-6055 or [email protected].
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