At the end of his term in January 2023, Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-07) will be retiring after over a decade in Washington, D.C. Gibbs is the only former state Farm Bureau president to be elected to Congress, and recently Ohio Farm Bureau’s Ty Higgins made a trip to Gibbs’ northeast Ohio farm to visit about his time in public office and how it all started with his involvement in Farm Bureau.

Our Ohio Weekly · A Conversation with Congressman Bob Gibbs

00:00 – Congressman Bob Gibbs shares his Ohio Farm Bureau story and his path to serving in the U.S Congress.

16:50 – Congressman Bob Gibbs talks about his biggest accomplishments while serving in the U.S. Congress and the role reversal from visiting D.C. as a Farm Bureau member to becoming a member of Congress.

23:50 – On the latest “To the Beat of Agriculture,” hear from a West Dayton cattle farmer about his farm-to-table operation and how a couple of decommissioned golf courses started a nonprofit that benefits Ohio food banks.

32:20 – Morgan Meyer, Ohio State University Collegiate Farm Bureau president; Megan Roell, Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureau president; and Abigail Schwartz, Wright State University Lake Campus Collegiate Young Farmers president talk about why they are involved in Farm Bureau at the collegiate level and what their organizations are doing to get more young people signed up.

42:20 – Solving problems and reducing risk with healthy soils will be the focus of an upcoming Farmer Advocates for Conservation Farmer Networking Event, Dec. 14 in Findlay. Stephanie Singer, Agriculture Outreach project manager with The Nature Conservancy, has the event details.

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

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.
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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
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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