Brown County PD Meeting

The Brown County Farm Bureau hosted its 2022 Policy Development Meeting April 8 at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown. The purpose of this grassroots policy proposal process is to hear from our members and community leaders on issues Farm Bureau should address. Attendees are encouraged to address new issues they confront on a regular basis that need some light shed on them. These issues can pertain to the organization on the local, state and national levels. 

For those who aren’t familiar with grassroots or Farm Bureau’s policy development process, it all starts right here in our communities. Our county Farm Bureau hosts this meeting with local officials, leaders and farmers. From all of this input, the local policy development committee reviews current policy and adds new policies based on member and community input.

Do you have a suggestion? Please email your suggestion to [email protected] for the committee to review. Each of the proposed policies are voted on at our county annual meeting in the fall.

From there, the county proposals are submitted to Ohio Farm Bureau. A state policy development committee of policy staff, Farm Bureau members, state trustees and field staff is created through nominations from the county Farm Bureaus. Prior year’s topics included broadband, forestry, meat inspection, state and county emergency coordination, agricultural conservation, climate change and sustainable farming.

Through sharing and explaining, research and compromise, the committees come up with strong policy recommendations for Farm Bureau member delegates to discuss and vote on in December at the state annual meeting. National policies adopted at the annual meeting will then be escalated to the American Farm Bureau, where members throughout the nation will vote and set national policy.

Participants on Tuesday included local representation from the Brown County Farm Bureau board, former Brown County Farm Bureau board trustees, Ohio DNR, OSU Extension, Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Ohio State Patrol and Brown County Chamber of Commerce.  

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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