2020 Winter Community Council Discussion Packet

The winter council packet has two new discussion guides; both feature issues briefings directly from American Farm Bureau Federation policy. These topics should give community councils a few options for their meetings into late winter. Ohio Farm Bureau values input from community councils, which contribute to the grassroots policy making process for the organization.

Agricultural trade at a glance

Agricultural trade benefits American farmers and consumers. Exports enable farmers to sell goods into new markets, help them generate income and invest in their operations. Imports give consumers a greater variety of specialty products; they can buy staples such as fruits and vegetables throughout the entire year, too. U.S. agricultural exports worldwide are worth about $140 billion a year. The nation’s major Ag trading partners include Canada and Mexico ($39 billion), China ($20 billion), Japan ($14 billion) and the European Union ($12 billion). This Discussion Guide briefly details trade developments with each of these partners.

While some negotiations and agreements have eliminated policies that hindered trade over the past decade, additional work remains. In some cases, getting our trading partners to adopt to scientifically justified food safety procedures and/or eliminating ag products as a retaliatory, “first strike” tariff option is needed.

Additional information on this topic and discussion questions

Rural participation in the 2020 Census

Census data is used to determine legislative representation, government funding and benefits distribution, disaster assistance and private business development. In addition, Census workers have a harder time counting rural homes. Although residents will have the opportunity to participate in the count in person, by phone or over the Internet, an increasing reliance on electronic responses will be a challenge for many communities that lack reliable telecom and/or broadband infrastructure.

The 2020 Census provides opportunities for community leaders to play a greater role in helping residents participate in the 2020 Census. County Farm Bureaus are asked to lend active support to the Complete Count Committees (CCC) program.

Additional information on this topic and discussion questions

Remember, participants are not limited to these materials – Feel free to discuss additional topics and issues generated from the local newspaper, other publications and/or key events happening in your neighborhood.

Keep in touch with Farm Bureau

Need some additional help? Contact your county Farm Bureau office for assistance.

Councils can access the council rostermeeting summary sheet and activity sheet forms online.

Remember to send council meeting forms and correspondence directly to the county Farm Bureau.

Many of Farm Bureau’s action plans started with conversation around a kitchen table, living room or front porch; lively discussion continues to develop using web applications, too.

To join a community council, contact the county Farm Bureau office.

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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

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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
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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