Local leaders take on Washington, D.C.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s farmer leaders including Champaign County’s former President Tom Nisonger and Miami County’s Vice President Jenny Hodge, made the journey to our nation’s capital Sept. 28-30 for the annual president’s trip.

Over the three days in D.C.,  Farm Bureau leaders from all over the state heard from speakers on issues from tax policy to climate to broadband development. American Farm Bureau sent representation for brief us on issues the Farm Bureau is working on at a local, state and national level, and we were able to meet in our districts with our congressman. Guest speakers included Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Rob Portman, and Congressman Bob Gibbs.

When asked about his experience on the trip, Tom Nisonger said: 

“Thanks to the folks at Ohio Farm Bureau for setting this up year after year for the county leadership. My favorite thing about the trip this year was making new friends, seeing old ones, and just getting to be together. Once you’ve made a friend in Farm Bureau, you’ve made a friend for life. Thank you to Congressman Bob Gibbs for presenting us his Farm Forum and to all of the congressmen who made the time to meet with us.” 

Miami County Farm Bureau Vice President, Jenny Hodge, attended the trip for the first time this year. When asked about her experiences, Jenny said: 

Thanks so much for sending me to our nation’s capital to meet with our leaders.  It was a fantastic experience to get to meet with various congressmen and others to discuss ag-related topics affecting our local farmers. As everyone knows, we are in very volatile times and I feel there couldn’t have been a better time to remind our leaders that the future of American agriculture is on the line here.  Farming will be unsustainable if many of these new tax proposals and climate bills are passed. They have a very hard fight on their hands. By the end of our trip, I felt encouraged. We got our word out. We left our voices be heard.”

To follow coverage of each day of the trip, click here.