October 2018 News from the State Board Meeting

Ohio Farm Bureau has prepared this summary of some of the topics covered during the October board meeting.

Guests
Young Agricultural Professionals representatives: Emily Krikke, Huron County
Adam and Jess Campbell – Excellence in Agriculture award winner and Nick and Brandi Anderson – Outstanding Young Farmer award winner

Elizabeth Harsh, executive director, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

Nationwide board member Brent Porteus; Mark Berven, president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Property & Casualty; Devin Fuhrman, vice president, Sponsor Relations; and Dan Durheim, associate vice president, Sponsor Relations.

Issue 1 opposition
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board of trustees has announced the organization’s opposition to State Issue 1, misleadingly called the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment.

Annual meeting, centennial plans
The plans and activities for the 100th Annual Meeting Dec. 6 and 7 are coming together, which includes launching the celebration of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Centennial. We have lots of activities planned, including a members-only Chase Bryant concert. Bring your family, and register for your FREE concert tickets now! All Farm Bureau members may reserve up to four free tickets.

If you’re attending our annual meeting, be sure to attend the second annual Foundation Night Out Dec. 6 from 8 pm – 12 am in the Bellows Ballroom at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.

2019 Budget
The annual budgets to support the strategic plan were approved by the board for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Farm Bureau Development Corp., and Our Ohio Communications.

Strategic Partnerships
Ohio Farm Bureau entered into an exciting new partnership with the Ohio Restaurant Association. Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with ORA at its Mid-America Restaurant Expo, to promote their Farmers Crossing Exhibit. Farmers Crossing is an all-new area dedicated to local farmers and highlighting the farm-to-table concept. The expo is an annual restaurant and foodservice industry trade show that takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Jan. 13-14, 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Farmers Crossing Exhibit. The exhibit will give farmers who want to break into the restaurant market or farmers who want to grow their current market an excellent opportunity to connect with restaurateurs and other attendees at the show. To encourage those connections, Ohio Farm Bureau is giving away two display spaces via a sweepstakes contest. Members can enter online or at their county Farm Bureau office. Two vendor booths will be awarded by random drawing to two separate winners. Deadline to enter is noon, Nov. 29.

New Alternative Revenue Committee
OFBF President Frank Burkett appointed an Alternative Revenue committee as called for in the 2018-2020 OFBF Strategic Plan. The group will be looking at new ventures that can benefit our membership and generate additional revenue for the organization. Appointees have a variety of skills and backgrounds and all come with an interest in helping Farm Bureau. Committee members include: Ryan Conklin, Mamie Hollenback, Trish Reardon Preston, Brian Gwin, Bryce Kurfees, Levi Richards, Doug Manger and Tom Slemmer. OFBF Trustees Kyle Smith and Chris Weaver have also been named to the committee.

Golden Owl Award
Don’t forget to nominate your favorite and most deserving ag educator for the new Golden Owl award. The deadline is Nov. 16!

Golden Owl Award 2018

Ohio farmers represented at U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in the case of Knick v. Township of Scott, PA, a property rights case that OFBF filed an amicus brief in. Chief Justice Roberts specifically brought up the issue of states where eminent domain procedures are so burdensome that landowners would be discouraged from even attempting to vindicate their rights. OFBF’s amicus brief focused on the process Ohio landowners must endure and how it serves to prevent landowners from even getting to the courthouse on their claims. We expect a decision sometime in Spring of 2019. To learn more, listen to the Legal with Leah podcast. While you’re at it, see OFBF’s podcast directory.

Hope for Ohio
Hope for Ohio is an event focused around combating the opioid crisis by educating youth and empowering individuals to build strong communities. The target audience is 4-H/FFA participants, parents, teachers, and advisors. With training from Prevention Action Alliance, this forum will help participants see warning signs, explain peer-to-peer prevention tactics and provide tools for addressing the opioid epidemic within our communities. Here is the website and the registration form for the three events planned for this fall:

Saturday, Nov. 3 at the FFA Camp Muskingum from 10 AM – 3PM in partnership with Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson County Farm Bureaus;
Saturday, Nov. 10 at Spencerville High School from 12 PM – 3 PM in partnership with Allen and Van Wert County Farm Bureaus;
Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Batavia Community Center from 11 AM – 2 PM in partnership with Clermont County Farm Bureau.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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