A new year means new beginnings. One thing that is for certain is that Ohio Farm Bureau has positioned itself for strength through its 2022-2024 strategic plan, which Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s Across the Table column speaks to in the January/February 2022 issue of Our Ohio magazine.

Keeping Farm Bureau strong well into its next 100 years is important, especially as we look at supported policy which turned into law when the state budget was approved last year. Ohio Farm Bureau championed the growth of small to medium meat processors in the state as the supply chain link they contribute to became even more critical throughout the pandemic. Read how the Ohio Meat Processing Investment Program came to fruition in the January/February issue.

That program was just one of many Ohio Farm Bureau successes throughout this past year. In this issue, the 2021 Year in Review encapsulates other successes such as enhancing rural broadband, fighting for landowner rights and continuing support of the ever-expanding H2Ohio water quality initiative.

In January/February we also spend some time talking about youth in agriculture, through a story about collegiate Farm Bureaus at Wilmington College and Ohio State University, as well as an Ag 101 feature on a graduate student at Ohio State who has created a K-8 curriculum about farm safety.

Also in the first Our Ohio magazine of the year, we learn about two women who hold leadership posts in national ag groups, how a goat encounter at a county fair turned into a Grade A goat dairy business and the latest from the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network.

We also introduce a new group of chefs from Lorain County Community College’s Culinary Arts program who will once again provide the recipes for 2022 Our Ohio magazine, pictured above.

These are just some of what members will find in the latest issue of Our Ohio magazine, a benefit of Farm Bureau membership and Our Ohio supporters. A digital edition is also available.

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
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.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
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.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
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.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
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.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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