Ross County member benefits and impact

by Ross County President Kaitlyn Meeker

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

The county Farm Bureau cultivated the next generation of agriculture at Careers in Agriculture Day at the Ross County Fairgrounds. 80 students FFA students from local chapters attended the day-long event to learn from industry experts about job opportunities, local workforce development initiatives, and continuing education.

Ohio’s Appalachian counties, including Ross, are at the epicenter of the rural drug epidemic. The county Farm Bureau saw the growing problem of substance abuse and lack of local resources to address the issue and took action. The Ross County Farm Bureau partnered with the Buck Fifty to support Drug Free Clubs of America. M.A.D.E. (My Attitude Determines Everything), a nationally recognized drug prevention and education program for youth. The M.A.D.E on the Farm fundraiser raised and donated $12,000 to benefit local youth in 2019. In 2020, the county Farm Bureau will partner with Beck’s to host the on-farm event. Our goal is to increase the amount of funds raised to keep kids in our county drug free.

The Ross County Farm Bureau partnered with Ohio State University to offer Foodpreneur School, an interactive experience for food and farm entrepreneurs poised to grow their businesses. Foodpreneurs engage with experts in branding, sales, marketing and more to learn strategies to make and achieve their business goals. The workshop will take place March 23 and 30 in Chillicothe, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more and apply

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

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