Hocking County local benefits and impact

by Hocking County President Larry Kienzle

The Ohio Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership organization that works to support our state’s food and farm community. Members from all 88 counties work together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. As president of the Hocking County Farm Bureau, I am honored to share how your membership is making a positive impact on our community.

The Hocking County Farm Bureau featured experts from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Wright Moore Law, land management agencies and practitioners to share information at Hunting Lease 101: Landowners Info Session. The event was held at Hocking College Logan Campus. This partnership program with the Hocking County Soil and Water Conservation District attracted 40 Farm Bureau members and guests.

The county Farm Bureau put on Hocking County Ag Days, an annual family-friendly event that celebrates agriculture and community. Ag Days invites local residents to experience agriculture, history and the environment through interactive demonstrations, livestock display, antique tractor show, flea market, crafts, music, food and fun at the Hocking County Fairgrounds in Logan, OH. This year Hocking County Ag Days kicks-off with a Benefit Tractor Ride at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Funds will benefit a local resident battling cancer. I invite you to attend 2020 Ag Days on April 18-19 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds in Logan.

The county sponsored three Ohio State University students to attend Ag Day at the Capital, where they accompanied Ohio Farm Bureau leaders advocate on your behalf regarding local issues: solar energy development, rural broadband, wildlife control, water quality, and beginning farmer incentives.

The Hocking County Farm Bureau and John Ed & Donna Kuhn Memorial also support youth with an annual scholarship for students enrolled in agricultural studies each year.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Property Protection Program, more commonly known as the $2,500 Reward Program, has been increased to $5,000. The program protects your farm by deterring crime in rural areas. Members can pick up a free property protection sign at the Farm Bureau office, 24633 US Hwy 23 S., Circleville, M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On behalf of the Hocking County Farm Bureau, I encourage you to renew your membership in March. Invite your family and friends to become a part of the Hocking County Farm Bureau family by joining today at https://ofbf.org/join/, call 740-474-6284 or stop by the Farm Bureau office. Your support allows us to continue the good work we do for farmers in our county.