Four Ohio Farm Bureau volunteers and one staff member have been appointed to American Farm Bureau’s Issue Advisory Committees.

Committee members will serve as Farm Bureau’s “brain trust” on breaking policy issues, provide policy development recommendations to state Farm Bureaus and AFBF and participate in advocacy efforts covered by their committees as well as other duties.

OFBF Senior Director of National and State Affairs Jack Irvin will be the state Farm Bureau liaison for the Organic and Direct Marketing committee.

OFBF member appointments are:

  • Ryan Conklin, Environmental Regulations
  • Paul Dorrance, Organic and Direct Marketing
  • Jerry Lahmers, Animal Care
  • Joe Steiner, Farm Policy

Dorrance also is serving as chair of the Organic and Direct Marketing committee. Read his blog about his experience.

Committee members met in Washington, D.C. in February in conjunction with the AFBF Advocacy Conference. They will hold additional meetings via webinar and conference calls throughout the year.

Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
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Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington, D.C.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

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Through its policies it brings together people in the agricultural community and invests in building vibrant communities that support agriculture.
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Eric Bernstein

Wyandot County Farm Bureau

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If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
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Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

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As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
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Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

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