Welcome

from Bill Patterson, Ohio Farm Bureau President

Relationships are at the heart of Farm Bureau, and I am thrilled that we get to re-establish those connections together again at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 103rd Annual Meeting this year.

The pandemic challenged us in ways we didn’t anticipate over the last two years, and it is still challenging us today. Yet, it doesn’t matter where you are during our yearly get-together, whether in your home county or in Columbus, we’re glad you can join us.

The Ohio Farm Bureau mission of working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities has been tested and retested over the last two years. From meat processing and supply chain disruptions, to extreme weather, infrastructure debates and farmer stress, the challenges have run the gamut.

Building a strong Ohio Farm Bureau for all of our members of today and tomorrow is key to the future success of Ohio agriculture. We need to have everyone at the table to work together on a variety of issues facing agriculture. That’s why we are working hard to implement the recommendations of the Membership and Financial Strength Task Force. From the beginning, we involved members in the process. And now at this annual meeting, delegates will make the final decisions.

I am proud of a dedicated group of leaders, board members and staff who carried out the exciting and difficult work of envisioning the needs of members and our Farm Bureau of the future. As I traveled the countryside this fall talking to delegates about our plans for the future of this organization, I am more confident than ever of the essential need of Farm Bureau to work on behalf of members.

Ohio Farm Bureau is ready and able to help members and their businesses survive and thrive in difficult times by advocating for agriculture and providing support farmers need. We are facing big decisions that will impact the future of our organization. I am confident these changes will make Farm Bureau stronger than ever and keep us on solid ground as we advocate for you.

For the first time as president, it is my honor to welcome you to your annual meeting. It’s a time to reflect, but also time to prepare the important positions of our grassroots organization.On behalf of the entire board of trustees, thank you for your continued support of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation would like to thank the following sponsors
of the 103rd Annual Meeting for their support
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Agenda

2021 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Coffee/Tea/Water Break

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Nationwide Member Session: The OPTEMum Estate Plan

9 a.m. – 10 a.m BEYOND WILBUR: How Agriculture is Portrayed by the Children’s Literature Industry – Michelle Houts

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OFBF General Session

  • Opening Ceremonies
    • Welcome – Nathan Brown, Committee Chair
    • National Anthem
    • Pledge of Allegiance
  • President’s Address – Bill Patterson
  • Credentials Report
  • Minutes of 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Code of Regulations Report
  • Policy Development Committee Report
  • Presentation of Proposed Policies

11:30 a.m. Break

Noon – 1:45 p.m. Kickoff Lunch

 

 

  • Welcome
  • Invocation
  • Lunch
  • Remarks from Nationwide
  • Membership Awards
  • County Awards
  • Young Agricultural Professionals Awards
  • Distinguished Service Awards

Thank you to the Young Agricultural Professionals Award Sponsors:

2:15 p.m. General Session Continues

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ice Cream Break

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. General Session

5 p.m. Break and hotel check-in

5:30 p.m. Trustee Dinners On Your Own

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration Open

7:30 a.m. Trustee Elections

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Foundation Breakfast

Thank you to the sponsors of the Foundation Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Foundation Breakfast Program

 

  • Welcome and Invocation – Nathan Brown
  • Foundation Awards and Presentation
  • Sponsor Recognition Videos

9:45 a.m. Executive Vice President’s Address – Adam Sharp

10:15 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. General Session Resumes

  • Report of Elections
  • Election of a President

Noon – Boxed Lunch

2:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Resume General Session, if needed

2021 Committees

Annual Meeting Committee

Nathan Brown – Chair
Chris Weaver – Vice Chair
Danielle Burch
Katherine Harrison
Paul Harrison
Craig Pohlman

Credentials Committee

Adele Flynn – Chair
Matt Bell
Mike Bensman
Lane Osswald
Wade Smith

Code of Regulations
State Board Members

Mike Boyert – Chair
Nathan Brown
Katherine Harrison
Jerry Lahmers
Rose Hartschuh

County Farm Bureau Members

Jason Feldner – Noble County
Aaron Harter – Preble County
Richard Maxwell – Perry County
Robert Sinn – Paulding County
Marsha Stanhope – Trumbull County

Policy Development Committee
S
tate Board Members

Cy Prettyman – Chair
Bill Patterson
Lane Osswald
Roger Baker
Karin Bright
Kyle Smith
Chris Weaver
Danielle Burch
Al Miller
Matt Aultman

County Farm Bureau Members

Ron Bond – Tuscarawas County
William Brown – Stark County
Joseph Everett – Shelby County
Sarah Ison – Clermont County
Bennett Musselman – Pickaway County
Eric Rife – Madison County
Logan Riker – Wood County
Tracy Robinson – Pike County
Jeff Trick – Montgomery County
Jonathan Zucker – Marion County