Ohio Farm Bureau delegates set policy direction at annual meeting


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COLUMBUS — Landowner rights, energy development and the Ohio State Fair were among the topics discussed by delegates at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 103rd annual meeting. A record 385 delegates representing all county Farm Bureaus participated in the debate and discussion.

“The policy work that our delegates do during our annual meeting is what being a grassroots organization is all about,” said Jack Irvin, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of public policy.

“Now that their work is done, our work begins with lawmakers in Columbus and Washington, D.C. as we continue to act on the issues important to our members and all of Ohio agriculture,” added Irvin.

Members supported transparency for landowner energy lease holders, including proper notification of lease transfers and a requirement of well inspection reports to landowners.

Delegates also voted in favor of protecting the Ohio State Fair. They encouraged a strategic review to enhance the fair as an event, as well as protecting the current location and addressing the needs of the facilities of the Ohio Exposition Center.

Ohio’s hunger challenges also were addressed as members agreed to supporting government incentives for producers who distribute surplus and cosmetically imperfect produce to local food banks.

New policy also calls for roundabouts to be engineered and constructed to accommodate modern farm equipment and tractor trailers and use graduated curbing where possible.

Other policy votes addressed recognizing the importance and promotion of urban agriculture, and enhancing the process and notification procedures when rivers are designated by the state as wild or scenic rivers.

More than 800 members and guests attended the annual meeting in Columbus held on Thursday, December 9 and Friday, December 10.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau reached out to Farm Bureaus across the country regarding relief efforts for the families and communities who experienced such great losses due to widespread devastation as a result of the tornadoes last weekend, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership organization that’s committed to supporting our farm and food community.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together with Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen the state’s communities.

“You can find us involved everywhere from events hosted by county Farm Bureaus to the halls of local, state, and federal government, advocating for policy that supports the future of farming. We care about helping our members achieve success in agriculture,” states its website.

Ohio Farm Bureau is a 501(c)(5) independent, non-governmental, private, volunteer-member powered organization.

“For more than 100 years, we have represented food, fiber, and fuel producers at a local level and on a national scale,” the website adds.

Learn more at ohiofarmbureau.org .

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