Each year, for your benefit, OFBF sponsors educational programs dealing with safety in the agriculture workplace. These programs are important for all Farm Bureau members and workers’ compensation employers in the program – large and small.

The Workers Compensation Group Rating Program is estimated to save members millions of dollars this year alone in workers’ compensation premiums. Members enrolled in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating program are required to complete training (minimum two hours) each year. 

One very important aspect of reducing workers’ compensation premiums, and to protect our Farm Bureau members, is to reduce the number of claims/accidents we have each year with every member doing their part to ensure a safe working environment for all employees. 

There are two opportunities to fulfill the required training.

On Aug. 27, Marion County Farm Bureau will co-host Operation Farm Shield in Evers Arena, Marion County Fairgrounds, Marion. Partners include OSU Extension – Marion County, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Atom/Thiel Electric, the Douce Agency and local fire departments. A light breakfast, sponsored by Cultivating Innovations, will be available between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., sessions will provide training on electrical safety and farm fires with hands-on demonstrations. There will be chances to win CO detectors, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors as door prizes. Partners and sponsors include Atom/Thiel Electric, Cultivating Innovations, Douce Agency, 1st Consolidated Fire District/Pleasant Township Fire Department, Marion Area Safety Council, Marion County Farm Bureau, Marion Township Fire Department, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, OSU Extension – Marion County, S.A. Comunale and Survival Flight.

This event is free.Reservations are due Aug. 12. Click here, call Farm Bureau at 419-747-7488, or email [email protected].

On Sept. 10, Crawford County Farm Bureau will host a showing of Silo, the film at Buckeye Central High School, New Washington at 9 a.m. 

SILO is the first ever feature film about grain entrapment. Disaster strikes in a small American farm town when a teenage boy becomes the victim of a grain entrapment. As corn becomes quicksand inside of a 50-foot silo, the town locals must put aside their deeply rooted differences to save him from drowning in the grain they harvest. 

Reservations for this free event are due Aug. 31. Click here, call Farm Bureau at 419-747-7488, or email [email protected].

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.
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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.
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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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