Operation Farm Shield

Marion County Farm Bureau partnered with local businesses, organizations and fire departments to host a safety meeting Aug. 27 at the Marion County fairgrounds. Local farmers, Farm Bureau members and community members in a four-county area listened to speakers cover topics of electrical safety and farm related fires.

Breakfast, sponsored by Cultivating Innovation, LLC, was catered and delivered by 8 a.m. along with bottled water donated by AgCredit, so guests could grab as they came in the door. The Marion County OSU Extension educator, Tim Barnes, welcomed the guests, gave the agenda for the morning and introduced the sessions and speakers.

Attendees learned about on-farm inspections for electrical issues that can lead to fire hazards: what to look for with wiring, in outlets and in junction boxes to prevent issues during busy planting and harvest seasons. Electrician, John Thiel, discussed building codes changes and new items available to use outdoors and in barn areas that prevent moisture, dust and insects from creating problems. He talked about PPE, lock-out, tag-out and ways to be safe when working with electrical devices. The local representative from the bureau of workers’ compensation mentioned common claims and noted they can help perform free on-site inspections. Caleb Douce with the Douce Agency spoke about coverage and explained what policy language means in terms of fire coverage. He highlighted the difference between actual cash value, replacement cost and blanket coverages and which one you want on farm buildings and equipment.

The Marion Township and 1st Consolidated Fire District/Pleasant Township Fire Departments set up a grain bin rescue tube and discussed how it is used. The main topic from the fire departments was grain bin fires and 1st Consolidated Fire District/Pleasant Township presented information and pictures from a large bin fire at Trillium Farms’ poultry feed mill that they fought.


Marion Township firefighters had different types of fire extinguishers, explained the extinguisher’s rating and label, provided details on the types of fires they could be used and the proper technique to use. Ten door prizes were drawn. Two firetrucks and a squad were on display and the session moved outdoors for a hands-on fire extinguisher demonstration. Attendees were able to ask questions after each session. Local Farm Bureau members were able to get safety meeting credits for the Workers’ Compensation Group Rating program.

Sponsors and donors for the vent were Ag Credit, Atom/Thiel Electric, Cultivating Innovation LLC, Douce Agency, LLC, 1st Consolidated Fire District/Pleasant Township Fire Dept., 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.

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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton 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
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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
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

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