Marion 2019 Trustees

The nominating committee for the Marion County Farm Bureau is currently seeking members who are interested in election to the Board of Trustees. The nominating committee is specifically looking to fill At-Large seats as well as a seat in the North District 1: Salt Rock, Big Island and Marion Townships.

Benefits/Opportunities:

  • Service as a trustee gives you the ability to serve as a voice for your township, district and county on agricultural and community-related issues. You help plan activities which promote agriculture and advocate for local farmers, guide local ag policies and assist farmers with informational programs that can improve their lives and futures.
  • Networking with other trustees across the county and members as well as public officials. Several opportunities throughout the year to network with other trustees within the four-county (Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland) area and across the state.
  •  Leadership development opportunities – access to opportunities to grow in leadership development such as advocacy at the local, state, and national level. There are even opportunities to serve at the state level on various committees.
  • Service as a trustee gives you the opportunity to better understand the Farm Bureau Federation and its member benefits and is a great resume builder!
  • Trustees who attend 70% of the meetings have their membership dues reimbursed.

Qualifications:
Any paid member of the Marion County Farm Bureau who is directly impacted by the health of the agricultural industry is qualified to be a board trustee. If running for a district seat, member must reside in or hold an agricultural business in that district.

The board currently hosts trustees of all ages, from 20s to post-retirement. It’s a very welcoming group of people who work in ag services, farm part-time or full-time.

Basic expectations:

  • Board meetings are currently held on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. There are months where no board meetings are held: May, September, October and other times if we have other events. (Note – Aug. 30 is the annual meeting). Meetings typically last 1-1.5 hours.

  • In addition to providing input at board meetings, board members are asked to be active in the outreach programs for farmers and consumers that fit their interests and talents, the membership campaign and policy development.
  • Board members are not expected to attend every meeting but are expected to attend the majority and stay engaged and up-to-date when they are absent.

Please respond if you are interested by July 29. Thank you for your consideration!

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.
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.
Matt Aultman's avatar
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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