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In mid-September, more than 100 Ohio Farm Bureau members, including Adams County Farm Bureau former president-elect Kristy Watters and board trustee Dalton Black, traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit face-to-face with lawmakers about issues that could have major implications to Farm Bureau members across Ohio. Kristy and Dalton joined a multitude of  Ohio Farm Bureau representatives at the nation’s capital Sept. 13-15.

Adams County Farm Bureau in DCOver the three days, participants heard from experts and in turn voiced their thoughts on topics including the 2023 Farm Bill, environmental regulations, energy and economic policies. This is an opportunity for members to help legislators make the connection between what is happening on Ohio farms and what is being debated in the halls of Congress and within federal agencies.

“To have over 100 Ohio Farm Bureau members, all diverse in their roles in Ohio agriculture, come together to meet with legislators in Washington D.C. is what our organization is all about,” said Ohio Farm Bureau President Bill Patterson. “We had a lot to discuss as we visited the Hill, and we always appreciate the opportunity to make our voices heard on behalf of all of our members across Ohio.”  Guest speakers included Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Troy Balderson and Rep. Bob Gibbs.

Black said, “We spoke with congressional leaders on the policies that have been impacting Ohio producers and consumers such as issues with energy, trade, transportation and technology. A huge thank you to our Adams County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Farm Bureau for allowing myself and Kristy Watters to attend this event, but an even bigger thank you to our membership all across Ohio. You allow us to push for policy that has a positive impact on not only the farmer but the consumers as well and we as an organization will continue to do so on your behalf.”

Click here for a detailed summary of each day’s events!

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.
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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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