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Have you ever wondered why or how Farm Bureau decides to take a position on an issue? It all begins with our local policy development process.

As a Farm Bureau member, you can submit suggestions for local, state, or federal policies. The policies of Farm Bureau are the backbone of the organization. They provide the framework through which we advocate for family, community, and food security. They help guide efforts to address real community issues — issues such as regulations, funding public education and services, environmental protection, animal care, health care, landowner’s rights, and community planning. These policies are used to develop programs, projects, and advocacy at the state and federal levels, but just as importantly are used to help guide the yearly plan of work for county Farm Bureau volunteers.

We are asking you to provide input on the issues and policies you think need attention in our community. As a Farm Bureau member, your experience and perspective are appreciated and valuable- and are what drives our organization. 

Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization and without your involvement, the vitality of the organization suffers. Your ideas and participation will help create better policies and programs to not only improve the organization and the agricultural industry but our community as well. By the end of August, the Farm Bureau policy development committee will take the input received by you and other local leaders and create the policy resolutions, which will be voted on by the membership at our annual meeting. Those approved will go on to the state and then move on to the American Farm Bureau Federation where members just like you vote on and install the policy resolutions that guide Farm Bureau.

Recommendations are accepted in several different ways

  1. Download the 2023 4 County PD Member Survey print, fill out and return to your regional Farm Bureau office at 8460 Ridge Road, North Royalton, OH 44133
  2. Complete the questionnaire online
    1. Farm Bureau Member Questionnaire
    2. Community Leader & Non-Member Questionnaire
  3. Email us at [email protected]
  4. Write down or type up any concerns and mail them to our regional office at 8460 Ridge Road, North Royalton, OH 44133
  5. Fax them to 440.426.9104

Please submit by July 17, 2023.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact the Farm Bureau office, or Mandy Orahood, Organization Director, at 440.426.2195.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Mission:  Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

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Mandy Way

Way Farms

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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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Jared Hughes

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Austin Heil

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Mary Smallsreed

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