Ohio Farm Bureau volunteers and staff worked tirelessly throughout another challenging membership campaign in 2021 and helped the organization increase its “active” membership, which now exceeds the 68,000 member mark. Ross County Farm Bureau earned the prestigious Milestone award for achieving active farmer and ag professional member gain. Active members are farmers or other Ohioans whose jobs or livelihoods are directly impacted by the agricultural industry. As active members, they are eligible to vote on Farm Bureau policies and hold elective office in the organization.
“Ross County Farm Bureau members are advocates for agriculture and advocates for our community,” said Organization Director Ivory Harlow. This year the Ross County Farm Bureau worked with members to raise and donate over $12,582 to local chapters of M.A.D.E. Drug Free Clubs of America. The county looks forward to inviting members and the public to an on-farm MADE fundraiser this summer. Ross County Farm Bureau recently awarded two scholarships to local youth pursing higher education. In fall the Ross County Farm Bureau will host FFA students from all school districts at the Ross County Fairgrounds to discover careers in agriculture.
“We welcome new members into our Ohio Farm Bureau family to have an even greater impact in 2021 and beyond,” Harlow shared.
“It seems with every year comes more challenges for Ohio agriculture and every one of those challenges confirms the importance of being a Farm Bureau member,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “From strengthening the food supply chain to connecting rural Ohio with reliable broadband to protecting landowner’s rights, our members know that joining this organization gives them a strong voice to speak up for issues important to them. The gain in membership numbers shows our members’ continued trust in Ohio Farm Bureau, and that motivates us to take on all of the challenges that lie ahead.”
The membership campaign for 2022 is already underway. To find out more about becoming a member of Ohio Farm Bureau or to volunteer to help the grassroots organization continue to grow, visit ofbf.org/membership.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.