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Fairfield County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting on September 29 at Blessings Farmstead and conducted important business that will impact the organization moving forward.
There were several Code of Regulation changes passed by those in attendance.
These changes included restructuring the makeup of the county board by going from a 15-member board to a 12-member board. Three members were re-elected to serve a 3-year term. Elected were Aaron Ward of Amanda Township, Kyle Sharp of Clearcreek Township, and Lynne Schultz as an At-Large trustee. There remains an open seat for District 4 which represents Greenfield and Hocking Townships. If you live or farm in either of these townships and have an interest in serving as a trustee, please contact the county Farm Bureau office at 740-474-6284.
In order to stay in line with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Fairfield County Farm Bureau adopted a change in membership structure where there will be only one classification of members versus two classifications (Active and Community members). This means that all members of the county Farm Bureau will have voting privileges. However, a member must still have an affiliation with agriculture to serve as a board of trustee member or as a delegate to the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.
Finally, members voted to increase the dues rate from $80 per membership to $120 per membership. This change takes effect on Dec. 1, 2022. If you are currently a member of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau and have a membership anniversary date between December 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023, you may prepay your dues before December 1 at the current rate of $80 per member. For members between the age of 18-24, your current dues rate is $25 but will increase to $40 as of December 1st.
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.Farm Labor Resources
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.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.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.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.Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Mike Videkovich of Ashville is serving on the 2023 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee.Read More
Kyle Sharp of Stoutsville is serving on the 2023 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee.Read More