The Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan, in its sixth year, is available to Ohio-based farmers and agriculture-related businesses with up to 50 employees.Read More
Farmers coming together to create solutions is as old as farming itself. With labor shortages always seeming to be an issue, Hirsch Fruit Farm and Way Farms in southern Ohio worked together with Ohio Farm Bureau benefits partner Great Lakes Ag Labor Service to come up with an H-2A foreign worker solution to help solve their employment needs. Read their story in November/December Our Ohio magazine.
Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s Across the Table column welcomes everyone to the 103rd Annual Meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau in December in Columbus. In this issue, he talks about the excitement of being Together Again this year, and the need to make decisions to secure a robust future for the organization.
With the holiday season upon us, we talk turkey with Bowman & Landes in Miami County. Their free-range poultry operation has been growing and innovating since 1948. Also innovating are a rural Warren County family who decided to take matters into their own hands when a lack of reliable internet thwarted their plans to provide job and educational opportunities in their area. Ohio Gig and Fiber Capital Partners have big plans to build a fiber network throughout Ohio Appalachia literally from the ground up.
Also on the climb is vertical farming in Butler County, as Our Ohio travels to 80 Acres Farms in Hamilton to talk about the operation’s climate controlled produce farm. In Mercer County we meet a couple who, after a long court battle over property rights, finally received some compensation for land taken 10 years earlier.
In this issue of the magazine, we also learn about Feeding Minds Press, which is part of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The book publisher focuses on ag-related books that tell children the real behind the scenes farm stories in an entertaining fashion. This fall Feeding Minds Press featured Ohio author Michelle Houts.
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.Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.Strong communities
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.Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.Groovy Plants Ranch
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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Members of Geauga County Farm Bureau, the Holys are growing their maple syrup operation and their involvement in Farm Bureau.Read More
One of the goals of the Y Prize is to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues.Read More