Jerry Lahmers, a lifetime resident of Tuscarawas County, has had nearly 50 years of involvement with Farm Bureau and numerous other county and statewide boards and organizations.Read More
Here’s how Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau worked on behalf of members in 2023. Thank you for your membership!
Scholarships – $2,500 was divided among four individuals.
AFBF County Activity of Excellence – Check YOUR Engine – Mental Health Awareness project was awarded 1 of 24 CAE awards in the country. On Jan. 5 – 10, volunteers promoted the project at the annual convention held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Check Your Engine – Mental Health Awareness Campaign – This project is an effort to focus on the mental health of farmers. In partnership with the ADAMHS board of Carroll and Tuscarawas counties and mental health professionals from Harrison and Jefferson counties.
Ag Day at the Capital – County leaders shared key policy concerns during meetings with state legislators and heard from Gov. Mike DeWine and Director of Agriculture Brian Baldridge.
BBQ Seminar – Brisket and ribs were prepared and served at the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market in late June. Attendees learned how to prepare and grill the meat properly. Real McCoy BBQ partnered with Farm Bureau to make this event possible!
Square Dance – Aug. 5, Farm Bureau welcomed the public to enjoy time with each other and dance at the Indian Valley Elementary School in Port Washington.
Policy Development Resource Meeting – The meeting included local officials, entities, and members who expressed their concerns that they felt Farm Bureau could potentially help with.
County Annual Meeting – Members gathered to vote for board trustees, approve financials and minutes, vote on delegate representation at the OFBF Annual Meeting and to establish local policies and policies to be proposed at OFBF and AFBF, all while celebrating the successes of the county Farm Bureau and our amazing members.
Online Buy Local Directory – This is a new platform for members to publish the products and services they provide. This is a solution for many members to have a resource that could generate more income. In addition, this is a public website that will prompt the public to buy local goods and services.
County Fair – This year, a “Student Study Zone” was available, courtesy of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau, for students to catch up on their school work as they take the week away from school to exhibit their projects.
Educators Breakfast – Breakfast at the county fair was provided to specific school administration, coaches and band directors to educate them on the importance and purpose for their students’ involvement at the week-long fair. 70 individuals were in attendance and were led around the fairgrounds by their students so that the student could teach their educator about their fair project.
Straight From The Heart – Our annual four county Straight from the Heart Women’s Wellness Day took place in October. There were presenters on many different topics (food prep, decorating, self-defense, health and well- being, wine pairing with foods, etc.) for breakout sessions and two keynote speakers. This day included three meals, presenter/speaker gifts, goodie bags, centerpieces and door prizes galore.
Tailgate to Touchdowns – Tailgate to Touchdowns was held at the Indian Valley football game. The Indian Valley FFA assisted Farm Bureau in setting up for the event and coordinated fun games and music for all to enjoy. A meal was provided for a recommended $5 donation. A little over $660 was collected in donations to be split with our scholarship fund and the area cancer fund.
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.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.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.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.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.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.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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Dr. Jerry and Rita Lahmers of Newcomerstown are winners of the 2023 Yvonne Lesicko Perseverance Prize for their innovative work on farmer mental health initiatives.Read More
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