A Word from President Tom Nisonger

Many of you saw an article in the Urbana Citizen early in March referring to a meeting concerning solar panel development in Champaign County. Dale Arnold with Ohio Farm Bureau joined us in Urbana at the community center on March 25 to discuss issues with landowners and interested citizens. Mr. Arnold is the director of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation energy, utility and government issues. This was a joint meeting with Champaign and Miami County Farm Bureaus. If our members have additional questions about solar energy development in the area, please contact us at the office by calling 937-335-1471 or email us at [email protected].

During the week of March 11, I traveled to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of other Ohio county Farm Bureau presidents to meet with our U.S. Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, as well as the U.S. Representative for Champaign County, Jim Jordan. We also had meetings with several other groups of congressmen from other states. During this time, we advocated and hopefully educated our leaders about issues important to farmers and the farm community from western Ohio.

Our 2019 volunteer membership campaign concluded at the end of March and we achieved gain in membership in Champaign County. We had a very successful joint kick off event with Clark County at Mother Stewart’s Brewery in Springfield and those who were in attendance enjoyed an evening with friends, food and drink as well as entertainment from the Overdrive Band, featuring board member Dave Crawford.

At the December 2018 annual meeting, Ohio Farm Bureau began celebrating 100 years since our beginning.  I have been very fortunate to attend many of these meetings. One of the best parts is making friends all over this great state of Ohio.  “Spring is coming soon”.

-Tom Nisonger, Champaign County Farm Bureau president