Ohio Farm Bureau & Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association

In a continued effort to strengthen ties within the agriculture community, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association are advancing their partnership. Ohio HBPA represents nearly 2,500 owners and trainers who race thoroughbreds at Ohio’s three commercial thoroughbred race tracks.

Ohio HBPA is donating to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, focusing on bringing more young people to careers in agriculture, as well as offering $5,000 in scholarships for incoming college freshmen pursuing agriculture-related majors.

“Those of us involved in thoroughbred racing have long enjoyed a solid relationship with Ohio’s agricultural community,” said Dave Basler, executive director of Ohio HBPA. “Our ongoing commitment to the Ohio Farm Bureau and its foundation bolsters the link between our organizations and our industries.”

In addition to commitments made to the foundation, Ohio HBPA also announced it will be a sponsor of Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting and will purchase Farm Bureau memberships for some of its members and staff through OFBF’s group membership program. 

“Our partnership with Ohio HBPA has been characterized by generosity and shared priorities and its continuation speaks to how connected our organizations are,” said Michael Bailey, vice president of strategic partnerships with Ohio Farm Bureau. “We value their commitment to our vision and appreciate their ongoing investment in our foundation to support our mission throughout the year.”

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.

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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

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Mandy Way

Way Farms

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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

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I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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