Greg McGlinch

 As a fifth-generation grain farmer, Gen Xer and father of four, I am sometimes bewildered by the current state of our government’s environmental plans for agriculture. I’m sure you’re like me and ask, “Why did the government pass that regulation, and did Uncle Sam actually converse with a farmer?” I generally follow it up with, “Who’s helping the farmer and educating our legislators?” I can confidently answer the second question, but I am still baffled by the first.

With Connor White (right), Congressman Warren Davidson’s legislative director.

My recent trip to Arlington, Virginia, a neighboring city to Washington, D.C., provided a clear answer on who is standing up for the American farmer and consumer. The American Farm Bureau Federation has been a pillar in Washington, D.C., working to develop policy and educate our governmental leadership to ward off issues that affect American farms. I experienced firsthand, along with 13 other farmers from around the US, the work it takes to address issues impacting agriculture and develop policy based on sound science and real-world practices. As a member of American Farm Bureau’s Environmental Regulations Issues Advisory Committee, we discussed an array of environmental issues, with our main discussion focused on the recent Enlist bans peppered across US counties. By the end of our meetings, we had etched numerous policies on paper to present to our fellow Farm Bureau members. As one member stated, “We’re a grassroots organization; let’s bring the information home!”

As my flight from Reagan International Airport departed into the night sky, I left with a greater confidence that the environmental efforts of farmers and ranchers are heard through the halls of Capitol Hill. Farmers need to continue to tell our story and be cheerleaders of our profession, so that our voices do not become murmurs in D.C. 

To answer the question, “Uncle Sam, do we have an issue?” No, not at all. Farmers are strong, passionate and care for the land as it’s their livelihood and legacy.

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
Sara Tallmadge's avatar
Sara Tallmadge

Ashland 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.
Mandy Way's avatar
Mandy Way

Way Farms

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.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
Jim Bruner's avatar
Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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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