The innovative program is free to high school students who often don’t know what Ohio agriculture jobs are available.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.
I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.Available scholarships
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
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.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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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
Advocating for farmer mental health was far from Brandon Fullenkamp’s comfort zone, but he knew it was a place he had to be.Read More
Farm Bureau’s partnership with StoneX gives members discounted access to customized commodity marketing plans, advisory services and data management tools.Read More
Incorporating these benefits into your long-term plans can help firm up your (and your farm’s) financial footing today and down the road.Read More