Jan Shannon

Pickaway County member benefits and impact

by Pickaway County President Jan Shannon

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 Pickaway County Farm Bureau, I am honored to share how your membership is making a positive impact on our community.

The Pickaway County Farm Bureau cultivated the next generation of agriculture at 2019 Ag Days on September 5-6 at the Pickaway County Ag and Event Center. 1,600 fourth and fifth grade students experienced farming first hand through six hands-on, interactive learning activity stations: Ag careers, equipment, livestock, crops, bees, and natural resources. Through Pickaway County Farm Bureau coordination, local FFA students from five chapters led educational demonstrations, sparked students’ interest with compelling displays, and engaged youth in fun activities in each area.

Members represented Pickaway County at Ag Day at the Capital, where they spoke with lawmakers regarding local issues: solar energy development, rural broadband, support for FFA programming, water quality, and beginning farmer incentives. Local Farm Bureau leaders meet with public officials to advocate on your behalf at the local, state and national levels throughout the year.

The Pickaway County Farm Bureau established the Buyers Club in 2018 to increase the number of bidders, resources for bidding, and average bid price for projects at the county Junior Fair livestock sale. In 2019 local businesses, civic organizations and individual donors raised over $8000, purchased over 40 market animals and add-ons at fair, ensuring all young farmers received a fair price for their market project. This year, the Pickaway County Farm Bureau goal is to double the amount of funds raised, and the Buyers Club impact in our community. To learn more or contribute visit www.pickawaycountybuyersclub.com or call the Farm Bureau office at 740-474-6284.

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 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On behalf of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, I encourage you to renew your membership in March. Invite your family and friends to become a part of the Pickaway 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.