Gifted Grass Farms Dog

Planting season is upon us. As farmers ready their fields, hope springs eternal for good weather and a bountiful crop. 

Soil testing is an important practice for any farmer and a key resource in making fields as fertile as they need to be while still protecting water quality, a priority of Ohio Farm Bureau members. 

In the May/June Our Ohio magazine, we look at 20 years of data analyzed by The Fertilizer Institute, which shows that the number of soil samples tested for Ohio increased from about 69,000 in 2001 to nearly 274,000 in 2020. Over the same time period, the median soil test phosphorus levels dropped from 38 to

26 parts per million (Mehlich 3). We talk to Putnam County member Jeff Duling about how soil testing helps his bottom line, and also report on all the ways farmers and Farm Bureau have made positive impacts on the state’s water quality.

Also rising up from rural Ohio are local leaders who have used their abilities to become important officeholders in their own communities – from mayors and county commissioners, to school board members and beyond. In this issue we speak to Plain City Mayor Jody Carney and others about the unique perspective they bring to their roles in local government.

In May/June Our Ohio we also trace the journey of first-generation farmer and gourmet sous chef Colin Brown in Medina County, whose entrepreneurial spirit and interpersonal skills have grown his livestock and poultry operation, Gifted Grass Farms, to where it is today. (His dog is our featured image.) We also profile a new member of the staff, Jana Mussard, who has taken on the reborn position of ag literacy specialist at Ohio Farm Bureau, a role members have been asking for for nearly a decade. 

Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s Across the Table column addresses recent attacks on agriculture, noting that it is more important than ever to tell the story of the industry, one personal tale at a time, while debunking myths and highlighting the value of Farm Bureau membership bringing a united industry voice to the table with policy makers and stakeholders.  

Other items of interest in this issue include the latest OSU Impact from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, as well as reader favorites — early summer recipes and Grow and Know eventsThese 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.

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Eric Bernstein

Wyandot County Farm Bureau

Future employees, leaders
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, D.C.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
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Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

Hansen's Greenhouse
As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Policy Development
Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
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Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
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Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

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