Hal Brehm of Fulton County was among 15 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members receiving the Murray Lincoln award for signing 50 or more new members.
The award winners will choose between attending the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., next January or receiving a $500 VISA card.
Paul Lyons, OFBF senior director of membership, said the efforts of volunteers and staff brought an increase in active membership of 2,146 for Fiscal Year 2017. Active members are farmers or other Ohioans whose jobs or livelihoods are directly impacted by the agricultural industry. They are eligible to vote on OFBF policies and hold elective office in the organization.
Total active membership now stands at 63,605.
“Our campaign theme, ‘Together with Farmers,’ helped our volunteers, organization directors, and state staff deliver a compelling message about the mission of our organization,” Lyons said. “I am very proud of their efforts to communicate this message and their commitment to grow our organization. That commitment shows in our results.”
Also invited to attend AFBF’s convention are 63 county OFBF membership coordinators whose counties had at least a four percent increase in active memberships than the previous year. In addition, 59 members earned the Ambassador Club award for signing a minimum of 10 new members.
OFBF staff and volunteers kicked off their 2018 membership campaign on April 1.
The organization has several membership categories because the organization doesn’t just represent farmers and the agricultural industry. The organization advocates on a wide range of issues including private property rights, safe food, and good government policies.