The Trumbull County Farm Bureau held its 2021 Dinner on the Farm and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at the W. I. Miller & Sons farm, with over 100 in attendance. The meeting was held at the Miller’s airplane hangar with the hangar door open which provided the perfect view of the soybean fields and beautiful sunset.
The evening started with a social and happy hour with Nationwide agents that highlighted the Farm Bureau/Nationwide relationship and heritage. Nationwide agencies represented for the evening were the Platt Agency. The Platt Agency has been a long-time supporter of agriculture and Farm Bureau and we appreciate the time they dedicate to strengthening that relationship. Centerra Co-Op and Deerfield Ag Services also were in attendance for the social and happy hour.
All in attendance enjoyed a delicious meal catered and served by Cockeye BBQ and Creamery, as well as a selection of wine provided by member wineries, Hartford Hill Winery and Country Porch Winery, and North High Brewing Cover Crop beer. Cover Crop is a blonde ale brewed in honor of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100 year Anniversary. The ale is locally sourced and produced in Ohio by Farm Bureau members, and the name Cover Crop honors the revival of a farming practice that sustains the land and its surrounding environment.
County President Marsha Stanhope presided over the event. Board trustees were voted on and elected for three-year terms. Those elected to serve on the board are: Mark Bockelman, Barbara Clemson, Jarred Crowder and Gary Smallsreed. Delegates elected to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at the 2022 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting are James Allen, Julie Holler and Tim McCormick. President Marsha Stanhope will also serve as a delegate. A code change regarding membership dues was also voted on and passed by the attending body of the county membership.
Farm Bureau members also voted on the policies that guide the county Farm Bureau and established member positions for proposals to the Ohio Farm Bureau, which will be voted on at the 2021 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December. Policy positions proposed included inclusion of all types of agriculture, drug and child trafficking, road usage permits, meat processing support, woodland management, mental health in rural Trumbull County and rural Ohio and more. All of these policies passed.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Paul Lyons, OFBF vice president of membership. He talked about the importance of membership and about getting involved, and how that results in a strong county Farm Bureau. He mentioned that several board members were second generation, involved members. He commended our volunteers, Organization Director Mandy Orahood for the job that she does and also County Office Administrator Marie Morris for her continued commitment over the years.
Dahmen Farms was recognized with the Tom Schwartz Environmentally Friendly Farmer award for their efforts in caring for their land and environment.
The Denman family, Denmandale Dairy, were presented with the Trumbull County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Ag award for 2021, for their commitment to Trumbull County agriculture and their community.
Desirae Allen, Analyse Sutton (represented by her father, Jerod) and Shelby Miller were acknowledged as the 2021 scholarship recipients.
Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee and President of the Board Bill Patterson shared the current happenings of the Ohio Farm Bureau and remarks from the OFBF State Board. OFBF Northeast Regional Trustee Mike Boyert also shared state board happenings and all of the amazing programs our volunteers make happen in the county.
Trumbull County Organization Director Mandy Orahood recognized the Trumbull County Farm Bureau board of trustees, action team leaders, and membership coordinator for their 2021 accomplishments and thanked them all for their commitment to Trumbull County Farm Bureau. Membership workers were also recognized and a recap of the 2021 program year was given.
The annual meeting was a celebration of the work our members, volunteers, and staff put into “representing the Farm Bureau in advancing agriculture and strengthening our communities” and setting the course of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau for 2022.
OFBF Mission: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.