Hamilton County Backyard Chickens session

Nov. 9 and 10, Hamilton County Farm Bureau hosted an educational event at the Fernald Preserve in Crosby Township titled “Practical Approaches For Raising Backyard Poultry.” The event was hosted by Hamilton County, with sponsorship from Wm Fagaly Feed Store and Kalmbach Feeds. Also participating was Hamilton County Conservation District.

This event was extensively promoted on social media and a flyer was designed and placed in multiple locations including feed stores, vet offices, post office, and supermarkets. Thanks to a lot of hard effort the event was very successful, with 20 attendees the first night and there were over 80 attendees the second night.

Dr. Nancy Jefferson spoke for almost two hours and invited an extensive time for Q&A.  Everyone had a great time and the after meeting, evaluations all rated the meeting as excellent with several comments asking when the next event is planned!

Backyard chickens photo opPrior to the presentation everyone enjoyed hot cider, coffee, and ice cream provided by the county Farm Bureau and received lots of samples and gifts provided by Wm Fagaly and Kalmbach Feeds. Hamilton County Conservation District also had some giveaways and provided good information about zoning and rules from various jurisdictions within Hamilton County. A photo-op with a giant 6′ chicken added to the fun. With the help of the Farm Bureau board members present, we were able to promote Farm Bureau to whole group of potential new members.

Special thanks to Ann Frederick for all her hard work and skills organizing, promoting and spearheading this initiative.

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
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
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
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
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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