Membership Kickoff

It’s membership season at Ohio Farm Bureau, and that means county Farm Bureaus and their volunteers will be engaging with prospective members throughout their community on the value of Farm Bureau.

While the 2021 campaign may look a little different compared to years past, counties are encouraged to get creative and energize their volunteers who serve as membership champions. The strong work of county volunteers will ensure membership and member engagement continues to increase across the state.

Thanks to the efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau volunteers and staff, the organization had an increase in its “active” membership for the 2020 campaign. Over half of the state’s county Farm Bureaus received the Milestone Award for achieving a gain in farmer and agribusiness members, and 18 volunteers won the Murray Lincoln Award for signing up at least 50 new members to Ohio Farm Bureau.

A successful membership campaign begins with members who have a passion for Farm Bureau and can channel that passion into a conversation. A positive experience with Ohio Farm Bureau can naturally generate an opportunity for engaged conversation with anyone, including emerging leaders, young agricultural professionals and students.

“Our members are passionate about agriculture and what Farm Bureau does on their behalf,” said OFBF Vice President of Membership Paul Lyons. “We would like to invite all our members to share their story of why they are a member, with a friend, coworker or family member and ask them to become a member of the

For more information or to learn more about how to become involved in Farm Bureau and the campaign, contact your county Farm Bureau.  

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Membership supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting local food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more. Join now

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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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.
Mandy Way's avatar
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

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