Our Ohio Weekly

Technology for solar energy has come a long way over the past 10 years and, as a result, solar development projects are increasing across Ohio at a rapid rate. But with this recent boom in solar comes questions and concerns for farmers and landowners. What should you be aware of when signing a lease, what role does the government play, how will new solar projects impact land use, real estate values and nearby communities? Ironically energy that uses light is becoming a heavy topic in Ohio and we will cover it all on this Our Ohio Weekly.

00:00 – Dale Arnold, director of energy policy with Ohio Farm Bureau and OFBF’s senior director of state and national policy, Brandon Kern, talk about the development of solar energy projects across the state and how the process of starting a project may be changing.

23:50 – Meet the newly elected Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, Danielle Burch, “To the Beat of Agriculture”.

32:20 – Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of water quality and research, Jordan Hoewischer, talks about the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper or ONMRK app and how it is helping farmers with nutrient applications.

42:20 – Belmont County Farm Bureau will be filling backpacks for local kids in need again this month. Board member Devin Cain has all of the details and how volunteers can get involved.

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland 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
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
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
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
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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