President Jerry Ebbert conducted the Belmont County Farm Bureau 2021 Annual Meeting of members on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at The Market at Ebbert Farms in St. Clairsville. At this meeting, the members voted on proposed policies and selected trustees for the county board of trustees as well as delegates to the Ohio Farm Bureau 2022 Annual Meeting.
Policy issues included broadband, coyotes, and health issues.
Again this year, several area sponsors and displays were included, giving the approximately 160 Farm Bureau members and guests in attendance the ability to view and learn more prior to the meeting. Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and Captina Creek Watershed provided educational information. Gold Sponsors were Ag Pro, Ohio Hills Health Services and Ohio Soybean Association. The Silver Sponsors included Belmont Mills, D & J Sales & Service Inc., Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream, WesBanco Bank and Johnson Insurance Agency. The Bronze Sponsors were Pines Edge Farm; William Knox, CPA; Riesbeck’s Food Market; Belmont Petroleum Corp. and Milestone Company Farm Insurance.
Senior Organization Director Betsy Anderson said, “Farm Bureau depends on volunteers to accomplish our goals and policies. Belmont County has dedicated volunteers that carry out numerous community programs.”
Lova Ebbert, 2021 membership chair, spoke on the great list of benefits of being a Farm Bureau member.
New President Devin Cain received the leadership reins from outgoing president Jerry Ebbert. Ebbert and Andy Barricklow were recognized as retiring board, members having served two terms.
Outstanding board attendance winners recognized were Jerry Ebbert, Devin Cain, Mike Burkhart and Roger Plumly.
Marilynn Lucas received the Glenna Cain Distinguished Service Award for her dedication over many years to Belmont County Farm Bureau.