Richland County Farm Bureau celebrated the Farm Bureau Centennial at the Annual Meeting held Sept. 5, at the Ontario Event Center. Seventy-one members and special guests enjoyed a buffet dinner. President Luke Wittmer thanked the 15 dinner sponsors for their continued support of Farm Bureau.

The OFBF Centennial video started things off after dinner. Wittmer then introduced the guest speakers, Norman Jones and Kip Curtis, who spoke about the OSU-Mansfield microfarm project and gro-op.

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—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. Loren Hulit was sworn in as president for the 2019-2020 program year. Charles Hebble, Anne Joudrey, Orva Dawson and Brian Alt were elected to the Richland County Farm Bureau board. The 2020 OFBF delegates will be Luke Wittmer, Tim Johnson and Anne Joudrey, who will attend with the president, Loren Hulit.

Richland County Farm Bureau Trustees

A sale of raffle tickets, through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, was held from August through the annual meeting for an OFBF Centennial print. The proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Richland County Farm Bureau Impact fund of the OFB Foundation, which will be used for agricultural education programs and events in Richland County. The winning ticket was purchased by Dale Hulit. Door prize drawing for the mums and fruit baskets followed the raffle drawing.

Richland County Farm Bureau is now making plans for 2020. 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 419.747.7488 or [email protected].

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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.
Mandy Way's avatar
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.
Austin Heil's avatar
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

Advocacy
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