Farm Bureau celebrates centennial, recognizes local leaders

The Geauga Maple Leaf published a very nice recap of the county annual meeting.

From the article:

Geauga County Farm Bureau members milled about St. Mary’s banquet hall in Chardon Sep. 26, snacking on local cheese and produce before sitting down to a meal of high-quality local meats raised by local kids.

“Part of the meat prepared tonight was from our 2019 Junior Fair livestock purchase, and putting your dues to work,” GCFB President Kevin O’Reilly told the group.

He set the stage for the bureau meeting by reminding those assembled they were celebrating the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

“A hundred years ago, a group of farmers came together to find solutions to problems facing agriculture,” O’Reilly said. “And here we are, 100 years later, still working together to do the same.”

Over dinner, members heard from Susan Crowell, recently retired editor of the “Farm and Dairy,” a weekly agricultural newspaper published out of Salem, Ohio. Crowell set her words of encouragement against the backdrop of a hike on the Appalachian Trail she took this summer with her daughter.

“Farming is like hiking,” Crowell said. “It can be lonely. You need people.”

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