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Buckeye Farm News
Ohio Farm Bureau participants joined representatives of Farm Bureaus from seven other states at Nationwide’s National Policyholder Conference held this summer in Columbus. Nationwide conducts the meeting annually for farm-based customers to voice their questions, comments and suggestions directly to members of Nationwide’s board and management team. Nationwide held three similar meetings around Ohio specifically for OFBF members earlier in 2009.
Farm insurance was a predominant theme at the national meeting, along with liability coverages and Nationwide’s new On Your Side Farm Certified agents program rolling out this year. Nationwide Agribusiness is the largest insurer of farms and farm co-ops in the United States.
Leaders of Nationwide Agribusiness previewed the company’s enhanced farm insurance coverages planned for 2010, and asked policyholder participants what they’d like to see in the new policy. Policyholders from OFBF and other states also took part in social media demonstrations involving Nationwide’s new iPhone applications, Facebook pages and even Twitter talk.
In less technological times (1926), Ohio Farm Bureau leaders founded Nationwide as Farm Bureau Mutual. Today, Farm Bureaus in eight states (CA, CT, DE, MD, OH, PA, VT and WV) serve as “sponsors” of Nationwide and endorse the company’s products to their members. Nationwide began holding policyholder meetings in 1952, three years before changing its name from Farm Bureau Mutual to Nationwide.
Caption: Representing Ohio Farm Bureau at Nationwide's 2009 National Policyholder Conference were (from left) Dan Cowdrey, Highland County president; Ray Wells, Ross County president; Jayne Wallace, Harrison County president; Gary Douglas, president of Nationwide Agribusiness; Dan Kelley, Nationwide board member; Scott Donaldson, OFBF staff; and Fred Cooke, Richland County president.