The 2018 Richland County Farm Bureau Annual meeting was held at Der Dutchman in Bellville. Eighty members and special guests enjoyed a buffet dinner. Ronny Ryland thanked the 16 dinner sponsors for their continued support of the Farm Bureau.
Kelson Minich introduced the guest speakers, Doug Sutherland and Andrew Sloan from Kalmbach Feeds. They spoke about the great history of the family owned business and the steady growth of the facilities, and had slides showing the production areas and the future plans for animal feed production in Upper Sandusky.
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 provide the framework through which we advocate for family, community and food security. They help guide efforts to address real community 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 Richland County Farm Bureau volunteers.
Richland 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 advocacy to the community for farmers as well as pertinent information to our farmer members. Each board trustee was recognized for their effort, hard work and accomplishments over the past year. Dale Hulit, Loren Hulit and Anne Joudrey were elected to the Richland County Farm Bureau board. The 2019 OFBF delegates will be Loren Hulit, Tim Johnson, and Anne Joudrey, along with the president, Luke Wittmer.
Richland 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 your county trustees or call or email the county office at (800) 327-6055 or [email protected].