Highland County Policy Development

The Highland County Farm Bureau recently hosted a policy development meeting on the morning of April 1 at the Commissioners Building in Hillsboro. As a vital arm of the Ohio Farm Bureau, this gathering emphasized the grassroots commitment to fortify the region’s agricultural and food community. From the corridors of local governance to the chambers of state and federal legislature, Farm Bureau stands as a committed advocate for policies that nurture the future of farming.

Representatives from a spectrum of organizations gathered. Among those present were representatives from the EMA Director, County Auditor, Highland County Soil and Water, Highland County Board of Health, Highland County Chamber of Commerce, OSU Extension, and the Highland County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees. The discussions held during the meeting mirrored the breadth of concerns facing the agricultural community, touching upon key topics such as agriculture education, solar projects, the H2Ohio initiative, and CAUV reform.

By fostering dialogue and collaboration across multiple sectors, the Highland County Farm Bureau continues to exemplify its mission of advocating for policies that empower its members and ensure the sustainability and vitality of agriculture in the region.

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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