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. Greetings, my name is Lynne Schultz. As president of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau, I am honored to share how your membership is making a positive impact on our community.
The Fairfield 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. Twenty-five Foodpreneurs engaged with experts in branding, sales, marketing and more to learn strategies to make and achieve their business goals. The event took place at Keller Market House in downtown Lancaster.
The county Farm Bureau shined a light on careers in agriculture, inviting local students to learn about drones, data and tech from Ohio State University faculty. Students flew drones at the Farm Science Review grounds as part of the program. The Fairfield County Farm Bureau hosted local students at the Ohio Statehouse where they met with state leaders and an Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French. They learned from Fairfield County Farm Bureau Vice President Kyle Sharp about how Ohio Farm Bureau advocates for Ohio farmers. In March the county will put on the Germinate Film Festival for students in Pickerington local school district where they will view ag films and interact with filmmakers about the Ohio agricultural industry’s food, fiber and fuel production.
Members represented Fairfield County at Ag Day at the Capital, where they spoke with lawmakers regarding local issues: solar energy development, rural broadband, wildlife control, water quality, and beginning farmer incentives. Local Farm Bureau leaders meet with public officials to and advocate on your behalf at the local, state and national levels throughout the 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 Fairfield County Farm Bureau, I encourage you to renew your membership in March. Invite your family and friends to become a part of the Fairfield 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.