2023 Madison policy luncheon
Blayne Ferguson
Blayne Ferguson

I have had the pleasure of attending two Policy Development meetings in the past couple of weeks. Great discussion was held in Madison and Union counties. 

Within Madison County, solar and drainage were brought up in discussion among members from the community. In attendance were members from local FFA chapters, Madison County OSU Extension, Sen. Bob Hackett and Sen. Stephanie Kunze, Sheriff John Swaney, Madison Co. Farm Bureau board trustees, state board trustees, and many more. 

This was my first ever Policy Development meeting, so hearing input and feedback from the community was a great experience overall. 

At the Union County Policy Development breakfast, topics discussed included the review of rules and regulations regarding ATVs on the roadway, mental health resources, solar, open burning within city limits and outside of city limits, and making sure that agri-tourism buildings are kept up to code before their grand opening. Again, lots of valuable information regarding what is going on in the community. 

Some of the members from the community in attendance included OSU Extension, Marysville Fire Department, Marysville Sheriff’s Department, USDA FSA, Union County Farm Bureau board trustees, county commissioners, and more.

I am very glad to have had the opportunity to sit in on these meetings as it showed me just how Farm Bureau is involved within the community. Between the great relationships with community members, and developing solutions to problems that may arise, Farm Bureau is there through it all. 

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Questions? Please call the Delaware, Franklin, Madison & Union County Farm Bureau office at 800-451-8908.

Blayne Ferguson is serving as Central Ohio Farm Bureaus summer intern.

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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