Some important deadlines are looming for farmers wanting to join the nearly 2,000 who are  already signed up for the H2Ohio water quality program. To date, over 1 million acres have Voluntary Nutrient Management Plans in place, a key component of H2Ohio. This week, we visit with the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Dorothy Pelanda, to find out more about the initiative and other important items, like food security and the department’s work with county fairs.

00:00 – Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda discusses the success of H2Ohio in northwest Ohio and how her agency has helped farmers through the recent challenges in Ohio’s food supply chain.

16:50 – The Ohio Dairy Action Group is taking what it has learned from industry experts and created policy to help dairy farmers across the state remain viable. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Brandon Kern has the details.

23:50 – In a new series of “To the Beat of Agriculture” segments, hear from Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Craig Pohlman about his involvement in the organization and initiatives that he is taking to emphasize the value Farm Bureau provides to members.

32:20 – The Ohio State University is the lead university partner of a multimillion-dollar NASA-funded effort to develop a new generation of commercially based, human-occupied space stations. Ohio State’s John M. Horack, Neil Armstrong chair in aerospace policy and lead researcher for the Starlab collaboration; and Scott Shearer, professor and chair, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering explain the project’s mission and how their university got involved.

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.
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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.
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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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