May/June 2020 Our Ohio

Technology and consolidation, as well as the local food movement have changed farming in the last decade or more. So, what does the future of farming look like, and what will it take to succeed? That is the focus of a main feature – Farmer of the Future – in the May/June edition of Our Ohio magazine

Also included in this issue of the magazine is the latest in the Working Together commodity series. This issue Our Ohio focuses on the pork industry and how Farm Bureau works with hog farmers for the betterment of agriculture. 

The COVID-19 pandemic had just begun to take over all aspects of everyday life as this issue of the magazine was on deadline. Read about how the crisis has had an impact on one local grocer, as well as the further strain it is putting on farmer mental health.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s eight-page annual report is also a highlight in May/June. The foundation had a banner year in 2019 and looks for more opportunities to further ag education and careers for young people this year. 

Also inside this issue is a feature of an orchard in northeast Ohio whose bedrock of success was laid by hard cider and its own wine. And speaking of entrepreneurs, the Center for Innovative Food Technology is once again teaming up with Ohio Farm Bureau to sponsor the Signature Food Contest in 2020. In this issue, we check in on last year’s winners.

In his column Across The Table, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Adam Sharp talks about the important relationship between Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio State University. In the recipes section, the Lorain County Community College chefs feature entrees to try as the seasons change from spring to summer. 

These are just the highlights of what members will find in the latest issue of Our Ohio magazine, a benefit of Farm Bureau membership and Our Ohio Supporters. A digital edition is also available.

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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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