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County Farm Bureau Round-up - June 2011
Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus are always active. The early summer months are no exception. Here’s a quick look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their blog pages here on OFBF.org. Click the links accompanying each entry for more information from the county Farm Bureaus.
Here’s where you can get involved in events and activities through your county Farm Bureau early this summer:
June – October – Champaign County Farm Bureau hosts the “Uniquely Champaign” Series. This six-part series invites the public to find all Champaign County has to offer from learning to garden, knitting and sweing, where to buy locally grown food, wine-tasting and more.
June 4 – Morgan County Farm Bureau hosts its annual Pork Chop BBQ. The meal is free for Farm Bureau members and $5 for non-members. Details at the Morgan County Farm Bureau website.
June 4 – Chef Ellen Conrad will be giving demonstrations on how to use strawberries for some delectable dishes at Haus Farm Market, Canfield, in Mahoning County. Check out www.hausappleorchards.com for details.
June 13 – Darke and Miami County residents are invited to an oil and gas leasing informational meeting to share what landowners need to know in regard to recent interests in oil and gas drilling in Ohio.
June 15 – An oil and gas leasing informational meeting in Erie, Huron and Lorain counties will prepare landowners with details on what to do should they be asked to lease property for drilling.
June 18 – Learn how to make strawberry jam at White House Fruit Farm, Canfield, in Mahoning County. Details at www.whitehousefruitfarm.com.
June 18 – Northwest Ohio Tractor Safety Training Days held at the University of Findlay. Open to those 12 and older. This date consists of combination of hands on and classroom training. Day 2 (June 25, is only for those wanting to earn certification, ages 14-16). Details in the link highlighted above.
June 24 – Northwest Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to Farm Bureau night with the Toledo Mud Hens. Watch the Mud Hens take on the Louisville Bats. Purchase tickets by June 10. Get all the details on Farm Bureau Night with the Mud Hens in this flyer.
June 25 – Learn what Miscanthus grass is all about, and how it’s being grown, harvested and used for renewable energy in Ashtabula County at this tour and meeting.
June 25 – Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Farm Bureaus invite local Farm Bureau members and non-farming friends to a Breakfast on the Farm. This event includes a tour of a modern farm and is geared toward connecting with the non-farm audience. Details at breakfastonthefarm.com and in this Breakfast on the Farm flyer.
July 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Darke County Farm Bureau hosts its Home Grown in Darke County July cooking series. Learn about cuts of meat and buying locally. This four-part cooking series shares what to do with cuts of meat and how to cook them. Chefs and butchers will teach participants.
July 9 – Preble County host the “Backyard Agriculture” session of its “Grow It. Make It. Know It.” Series. Visit Filburn Farm and learn about keeping bees and chickens. Segments include what to do with your farm-fresh chicken, a tour of a chicken house and lessons on deboning/cuts of chicken.
Other local announcements
More items of local interest being shared by county Farm Bureaus at OFBF.org.
- Butler County farmers continue to share their weekly lives in their farmers diaries. Learn how recent heavy rain has affected spring on the farm.
- A group of Marion County farmers are documenting their entire farming season through social media. See their videos, photos, fun ag facts and more on the Follow Farming Facebook Page, Follow Farming Blog, Follow Farming Twitter Account and Follow Farming YouTube channel.
- A $2,500 Reward was recently presented to a gentleman who reported suspicious activity leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who robbed a Hardin County Farm Bureau member.
- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown recently stopped by Geauga County to hear from farmers in preparation for the 2012 Farm Bill.
- Guernsey County Farm Bureau teams up with Green Valley Co-op to make a large donation of pet food to the Guernsey County Animal Shelter
- A downtown Farmers Market in Darke County is accepting applications for new vendors
- A Hamilton County Farm earns the Neighbor of the Year Award from the Ohio Livestock Coalition
- Steve Berk is welcomed as the new Farm Bureau organization director in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties
- Warren County Farm Bureau seeks volunteers to assist in its booth at the upcoming county fair
- Southwest Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to participate in the annual SW Farm Bureau Caribbean Cruise.
- Get an Easy Breakfast Pizza recipe courtesy of Warren County Farm Bureau
Many county Farm Bureaus offer local discounts and benefits for members. Here are some local and statewide benefits being promoted by county Farm Bureaus in early summer.
- Trumbull County Farm Bureau members are reminded to “Steak Your Claim and Thank a Farmer” during the month of June with this local restaurant promotion donating 10 percent of a total food bill to Trumbull County Farm Bureau. The money raised will be used for the Trumbull County 4-H program.
- Farm Bureau volunteer members who are also NASCAR fans will be interested in learning how to win family four-packs of tickets to four upcoming races as a reward for signing new members to Farm Bureau. Promotion runs May 9 – Aug. 5.
- Local farmers throughout the state are offering special discounts to Ohio Farm Bureau members through the Buying Local Coupon Program. Check out the all the coupons you can use in your area.
- Warren County Farm Bureau has listed numerous local benefits available to county Farm Bureau members.
Congratulations to local scholarship winners announced in the following counties! Click the link with each for more information.
- Adams County – Tyler McFarland of Peebles and Richard Purdin of Winchester
- Belmont County – Laura Winland of Barnesville
- Fayette County – Ryan Hiser, Aaron Sollars
- Greene County – Michelle King, Taylor Ferguson, Justin Rader and Megan Moorman
- Guernsey County – Erica Clouse of Cambridge
- Putnam County - Gayle Rayman and Michelle Noffsinger
- Van Wert County – Shane Williams and Eric Renner
Annual Meetings & Policy Development
County Farm Bureaus are starting to schedule their annual meetings. This is a time when Farm Bureau members come together to vote on policies the organization will adopt at the local level, and forward proposed policies to the state level for consideration for the entire organization. Many times a concern/policy suggestion from a local level has been adopted at the state and even national level. It’s an important part of Farm Bureau’s grassroots process, and one of the most valuable benefits to Farm Bureau members. Check out the annual meetings and policy meetings announced thus far on OFBF.org’s county pages.
You can always check in on your county Farm Bureau on the Ohio County Farm Bureau Pages section of OFBF.org.
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