The 2018 Marion County Farm Bureau Annual meeting was held at All Occassions in Waldo Aug. 23 in conjunction with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). We had 112 people in attendance including special guests. Adam Garman, a third generation farmer from Ross County, entertained the crowd with his unique type of comedy.
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 policies of Farm Bureau are the backbone of the organization. They provide the framework through which we advocate for family, community and food security. They help guide efforts to address real community issues—issues such as regulations, funding public education and services, environmental protection, animal care, health care, landowner’s rights and community planning. These policies are used to develop programs, projects and advocacy at the state and federal level, but just as importantly are used to help guide the yearly plan of work for Marion County Farm Bureau volunteers.
Marion County SWCD provided an update on the challenges ahead for agriculture and urged people to contact the office with issues, potential projects and to use them as a resource to improve their farms. David Neidhart was elected to the SWCD’s board. Todd Sims was recognized as the 2018 SWCD’s Cooperator of the Year.
Marion County Farm Bureau also highlighted the accomplishments of programs held during the past year and thanked the volunteers who made local activities successful. This year, we focused on events that provided membership engagement and advocacy as well as membership strength. Each board trustee was recognized for their effort, hard work and accomplishments over the past year. Riordan McClain, State Representative for District 87, was presented a plaque for the “Friend of Agriculture” designation from Ohio Farm Bureau.
Dwight Williams, Kris Guthrie, Amy Berridge, Robert Imbody, Emily Buck, Ben McKinniss, Ken Stiverson and Steve Wickersham were elected to the Marion County Farm Bureau board. The 2019 OFBF delegates will be Karl Wedemeyer, Darryl Ralph, and Jonathan Zucker. John Hafer was installed as the 2018-2019 president.
Marion 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 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].