2023 Monroe County Annual Meeting

President Cliff Sickler conducted the Monroe County Farm Bureau annual meeting of members Thursday, Sept. 28, at Midway Community Center. At this meeting, the members voted on proposed policies and selected trustees for the Board of Trustees. All proposed policies were approved.

Policy issues included land purchases, oil & gas drilling, and wildlife policies. The program also featured presentations of awards to outstanding contributors to the organization and dedicated volunteers from this past year.  

Monroe Central FFA helped serve the grilled pork chop dinner, and a check was presented to the chapter for their help to provide for future projects they have planned.

Monroe Central FFA

The county foundation scholarship with Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation was highlighted during the evening. Donations of any amount are still being accepted and are tax deductible. These may be mailed to Monroe County Farm Bureau, 100 Colonel Drive, Barnesville, OH  43713.

Senior Organization Director Betsy Anderson said, “Farm Bureau depends on volunteers to accomplish our goals and policies. Monroe County is very blessed with dedicated people to serve on their Board of Trustees and as membership marketers.”

Entertainment was provided by Shortline Junction Bluegrass band, and a membership drawing was held for three lucky winners.

 

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
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

Advocacy
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