2023 annual meting gallia

The Gallia County Farm Bureau held its 102nd annual meeting Aug. 29 at Rio Grande University – Bob Evans shelter house. 

Forty-two members and guests attended the meeting where action was taken on the organization’s policy priorities, elections were held and special achievements were recognized. Farm Bureau leaders addressed the meeting.  

Farm Bureau members passed a policy that would help the local governments to collect  a fee or bond from timber harvesters to be used to correct damages to local roads due to timber harvest. 

Elected to the county board of trustees were Jake Bodimer, Matthew Hemphill, Briggs Shoemaker, Fred Deel and Caleb Campbell. Elected to serve as delegates to the state annual meeting were President – Jake Bodimer, Vice President – Gary Truance and board trustee Sam Shawver .  

Gallia County Farm Bureau President Jake Bodimer discussed events that had taken place within the last year such as the 1st  Annual Livestock Judging contest, 4th grade Ag Day and the annual soil testing weeks. 

Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Karin Bright talked about things that had been taking place at the state level along with the importance of grassroots involvement in policy development. 

Organization Director Ashley Kasler recognized the board of trustees for their continued service to the Gallia County Farm Bureau, thanked the group members and recognized Gallia County for receiving a County Award of Excellence (CAE) at the 2023 AFBF annual convention for their Meat Your Local Butcher program

The mission of the Ohio Farm Bureau is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.   

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Mandy Way

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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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Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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Groovy Plants Ranch

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Hardin County Farm Bureau

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