May/June 2019 Our Ohio

It’s full-steam-ahead into summer as a foodie favorite – home grown asparagus – graces the cover of the May/June 2019 issue of Our Ohio magazine.

The crop is grown by a Champaign County Farm Bureau member who sometimes has to harvest it twice a day at its June peak.

Other featured highlights include 2018 National Tree Farmers of the Year Randy and Koral Clum, who not only have fine timbers of their own in eastern Ohio, but also help others trying to find the best way to work their woodlands. Another set of award winners from last year’s Ohio Signature Food Contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Center for Innovative Food Technology, talk about what has happened with their products since claiming the top prize last year.  

Beginning with the May/June issue, Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with the Culinary Arts Institute at Lorain County Community College to bring readers the ever-popular recipe section. Fancy yet functional recipes from LCCC can be found in the magazine throughout the remainder of 2019.  

Kicking off the issue are short news stories of note, including a proposed increase to Ohio’s gas tax and the ripple effect of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, which was passed by voters in Toledo in February.  In his column Across The Table, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Adam Sharp talks about what the Lake Erie Bill of Rights could mean for everyone in the state of Ohio.

Also in the magazine’s new news section, OFBF State Board Trustee Nathan Brown talks about the importance of soil testing, especially as it relates to water quality, in a With The Experts Q & A.

As always, take note of local events that are happening for members throughout the state as the warm weather finally takes over. Our Ohio magazine is a benefit of Farm Bureau membership and Our Ohio support.

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Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
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.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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