Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members, including representatives from
Cuyahoga Farm Bureau, gathered in downtown Columbus to meet one-on-
one with their state senators and representatives during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Day at the Capital Feb. 19.

Ohio Farm Bureau priority issues such as water quality, the farm economy, energy and the development of young and beginning farmers were discussed, along with a host of other community issues.

Attendees also took part in a “fireside chat,” as OFBF Executive Vice President
Adam Sharp sat down with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of
Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda to discuss the H2Ohio initiative, trade and
farm stress, among other topics.

The annual Ag Day at the Capital event embodies the grassroots efforts of Ohio
Farm Bureau member volunteers. Donita Anderson was there on behalf of Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.

In addition to Gov. DeWine and Director Pelanda, they also heard from OFBF
President Frank Burkett, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio House
Speaker Larry Householder before meeting with legislators at The Statehouse.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance
agriculture and strengthen our communities.

L-R – Farm Bureau members John Wallrabenstein & Jody Hanko (Erie County), Donita Anderson (Cuyahoga County), Dean Shiller & Gary Finke (Ottawa County) and Paul DeMuth (Erie County) visited the Statehouse in Columbus to talk with their legislators  for AgDay 2020.


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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