Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau Innovation Awards highlight county Farm Bureaus for their implementation of new and innovative programs within their communities. Counties that received Innovation Awards earned a $1,500 prize and were honored at the 2022 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

“County Farm Bureaus take pride in service to their members and their communities,” said Paul Lyons, vice president of membership with Ohio Farm Bureau. “These amazing programs bring networking, philanthropy and grassroots advocacy to the local level, which emphasizes the value of Farm Bureau.”

2022 Innovation Award winners

Fayette: Storytime with a Farmer

Helping children learn where food comes from and who grows it was the goal of Fayette County Farm Bureau’s Storytime with a Farmer. Having farmers read books about agriculture to children at an elementary school, library and online was a highly effective way to build awareness and understanding of the industry.

Fulton: Historic 1920’s Farm Bureau Office

With its sponsorship of a Historic 1920s Farm Bureau Office, Fulton County is now part of Sauder Village and Museum’s 1920s Main Street program. To build the office, the county undertook a large fundraising effort, culminating with a concert by Girl Named Tom, the winners of “The Voice,” to reach its fundraising goal.

Gallia: Meat Your Local Butcher

Gallia County’s Meat Your Local Butcher event gave members the opportunity to meet the three county butchers and learn from a meat science professor from a local university. The professor explained common practices that are conducted in meat processing facilities and why there can be differences among local county processors.

Geauga: Amish Safety Day

Geauga County Farm Bureau joined forces with the county sheriff’s office, the State Highway Patrol, a local fire department, the local hospital, Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Soil and Water, and the county engineer’s office to provide an Amish Safety Day for the community. Geauga County is home to the fourth largest population of Amish in the state.

Henry: Shine in the Show Ring

Henry County’s Shine in the Show Ring event was an alternative livestock show for individuals with developmental disabilities partnering with Junior Fair livestock exhibitors as mentors to present livestock projects to professional judges.

Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby: What Happens in Our Barn at Night 

Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby County Farm Bureaus used the award-winning “Barn at Night” book as the basis for social media outreach to promote agriculture to the community as part of National Agriculture Week.

Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas: Check Your Engine

Check Your Engine is a program from Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. It focuses on providing access to mental health services to rural communities by providing training to the employees of local businesses who interact with farmers every day.

Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot: Women’s Agri-Intelligence Conference

Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot County Farm Bureaus hosted a Women’s Agri-Intelligence Conference that focused on education, empowerment and the value of membership. The conference was created to be an inclusive and empowering experience for local women to connect and learn from one another.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ohiofarmbureau.org.

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or [email protected].


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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
The plan we are on is great. It’s comparable to my previous job's plan, and we are a sole proprietor.
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Kevin Holy

Geauga County Farm Bureau

Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan
We work terrifically with the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau, hosting at least one to two outreach town hall events every year to educate new farmers and existing farmers on traditional CAUV and woodlands.
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David Thomas

Ashtabula County Auditor

CAUV: Past, present and future
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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