Our Ohio Weekly

Ohio Farm Bureau has new leadership. Former president Frank Burkett left the OFBF board and was elected to the Nationwide board of directors shortly thereafter. Ohio Farm Bureau founded the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in 1926, which later became Nationwide. Burkett’s selection to the Nationwide board demonstrates the company’s continued deep connections to the ag industry. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet newly elected President Bill Patterson and learn about his vision and goals in his new Ohio Farm Bureau role.

Our Ohio Weekly · Meet new Ohio Farm Bureau president Bill Patterson

00:00 – New Ohio Farm Bureau President Bill Patterson talks about the challenges and goals his organization has in 2021 and beyond.

16:50 – Jack Irvin, vice president of public policy with Ohio Farm Bureau, shares how proposed legislation in Congress would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis as a way to raise revenue for government spending, causing Farm Bureau to issue an Action Alert to our members.

23:50 – On “To the Beat of Agriculture,” visit one Perry County farm run by a duo that’s not afraid of taking on a challenge. Dr. Tom and Suzie Turner’s 215 acre shorthorn operation was built on a reclaimed silica mine.

32:20 – Ohio Farm Bureau Director of State Policy Jenna Reese gives an update on rural broadband efforts to connect all Ohioans.

42:20 – Shana Angel, Mineral City Watershed Program assistant for
Rural Action, shares how an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation grant led the way for a new program that helps farmers prevent nutrient and sediment loss.

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

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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
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
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
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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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