Ohio Farm Bureau Trucking Guide

Despite a few challenges during planting season, all indications are pointing to Ohio farmers bringing in one of the biggest crops on record.

A successful growing season takes equal amounts of planning, skill, hard work and certainly some luck as farmers use the latest technology and work with their trusted advisers to keep the corn, soybean and wheat fields healthy, then rely on Mother Nature to do the rest.
For some, the next challenge facing Ohio agriculture is how to get crops, livestock and
other goods from the farm to the next stop on the value chain.

Ohio Farm Bureau members rely on so many different modes of transportation to get our products to the end user, wherever they may be. From potential rail strikes, to bogged down ports, dried up river systems and significantly deficient rural roads and bridges, every single aspect of infrastructure agriculture relies on has been tested in recent years.

Pat Hord
Pat Hord

The adversity in the transportation sector is also realized at the farm level. I recently had a conversation with Pat Hord, a Crawford County Farm Bureau member and owner of Hord Family Farms, about acquiring the amount of CDL drivers his farm needs in order to keep the farm moving, quite literally, in the right direction.

He told me trucking is a very important aspect of his farm in order to remain successful, especially when it comes to applying crop protection, feeding and moving animals, or hauling grain. He added that without these positions, it is a show stopper for all of agriculture and “If you like to eat, it does not happen without drivers.”

Although Pat has a fantastic CDL team, he is seeing some team members retiring, creating the need for new strategies in agriculture to encourage more young people to select this important career.

On top of all of the hurdles already mentioned, we frequently get questions from members about state and federal regulations when it comes to hauling grain and livestock over the road. To help answer those questions, Ohio Farm Bureau has created the Farmer’s Guide to Truck and Farm Implement Laws and Regulations as a free resource for members. The guide includes a farm driver checklist, overview of both state and federal regulations and exemptions, details on CDL qualifications, inspections, load regulations, hazardous materials, emergency response information and more.

Resources like this can’t be found anywhere else and it is yet another way Ohio Farm Bureau creates value for our members to help them remain competitive, innovative and on the road to success.

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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