March-April 2020 Our Ohio

How Ohio Farm Bureau works with different commodity groups for the betterment of Ohio farmers is a yearlong focus in Our Ohio in 2020. Beginning with cattlemen in the January/February issue of the magazine, we move to our partnerships with corn and wheat growers in the March/April edition of our Working Together series. 

Also inside this issue is a feature about how the number of women in agriculture increased statistically in the 2017 ag census, but their influence has always been felt. Yet now more and more, women are recognized as the decision makers on the family farm.

Speaking of the census, 2020 is a U.S. Census year. Local officials, many of whom are farmers, stress the importance of being counted this year and how a correct population count can affect federal dollars flowing into rural counties in the Buckeye State.

We also talk with leaders at OSU Wooster about changes within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which have helped bring the college together with a single focus to further students in building careers in agriculture. A feature about county Farm Bureaus from across the state that have done outstanding work in their local communities this year is also included in this issue.

A trio of new student chefs from Lorain County Community College’s Culinary Arts program bring to life recipes in Our Ohio throughout 2020, and their beef recipes are featured in the March/April issue of the magazine. 

In his column Across The Table, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Adam Sharp talks about Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative and what is in it for farmers. The answer? A lot – for farmers who want to get funding and use the best water conservation practices on their farms. 

Our Ohio magazine is a benefit of Farm Bureau membership and Our Ohio supporters.

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
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
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
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
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
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

Advocacy
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