As the Voice of Agriculture, Farm Bureau is a passionate advocate for good governmental policy and securing a healthy business climate for our members to prosper. One of the biggest benefits of Farm Bureau membership is having a say in issues that are impacting Ohio’s producers across the state.

Addressing issues impacting Ohio agriculture

Farm Bureau works together with farmers to address the top priority issues impacting Ohio’s agricultural community, and we keep our members informed through our podcasts and publications. The needs of agribusiness are continually evolving, and Farm Bureau is committed to preserving the future of farming for the next generation of food, fiber, and fuel producers.

Our membership is directly responsible for setting our policy agenda at the local, state and national level. Issues like CAUV reform, water quality and land management remain central to our legislative agenda and we are hard at work advocating for rural broadband access, improved access to meat processing facilities, and energy development. Here are some recent examples of our achievements for youth in agriculture and wildlife policy.

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Protecting Landowner Rights

Farm Bureau leads the effort to establish landowner protections, including eminent domain reform and streamlined judicial procedures to help preserve farmland

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Rural Investment

Farm Bureau is the leading advocate for rural Ohio, working to ensure strong rural communities through smart investment, innovation and education.

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Promoting Responsible Conservation Practices

Farm Bureau supports policies that help improve water quality, sustainability and conservation of the vital resources our industry needs to remain strong in the future.

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Ensuring a Competitive Business Environment

Farm Bureau is hard at work advocating for rural broadband access, competitive tax policies, and fighting against burdensome regulations.

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Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
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

Business Solutions
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
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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