Weaver harvest

Editor’s note: To help support the work counties in the northwest region are doing to grow membership, trustees from the state Farm Bureau board have launched a Farm Bureau Membership Monday email. Each issue shows appreciation to volunteers, helps members get to know their trustees and provides tips or encouragement to keep working toward county goals.

Farm Bureau membership requestI’m Chris Weaver, dairy farmer and District 1 Trustee representing Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties. I have been a trustee for 10 years, a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau for over 25 years, and I am honored to serve you as the treasurer of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The Ohio Farm Bureau advocates every year for my farm and my business.  I know that OFBF continues to fight to keep my CAUV taxes lower, minimize regulations and defend agriculture.

Chris Weaver familyWhen my family made the commitment to build a dairy in NW Ohio, we were putting all of our chips on the table. The Ohio EPA threatened to stop us, and I vividly remember a meeting with the Ohio EPA and Ohio Farm Bureau. That meeting paved the way to removing environmental control for agriculture from the EPA, and allowing ODA to put a common sense approach to farms and the environment. Without Ohio Farm Bureau’s involvement and engagement in environmental issues, I believe Ohio agriculture would be under the direct eye of the Ohio EPA.

When I interact with a business that serves farmers, I encourage the salesperson and the business owner to join the Ohio Farm Bureau. I admit I have been disappointed by some who have not joined despite my passion, but I will keep pressing on. I know Ohio agriculture needs the Ohio Farm Bureau.

We need you to keep advocating for others to become members of the Ohio Farm Bureau, so we can continue to work together for Ohio farmers to build a strong food and farm community.

Thank you,

Chris Weaver

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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