“Together With Farmers” is the theme of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th annual meeting, Dec. 6-8 at the Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Downtown Hotel.
More than 600 attendees will be on hand as the state’s largest farm and food organization establishes its policy on important state and federal issues, elects leaders/ and recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and the organization.
Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp will address the delegates. They are expected to highlight some of the organization’s greatest accomplishments of the past year including reform of Ohio’s farm property tax laws, expanded efforts by farmers to protect water quality, and assistance to members engaged in oil and gas, solar, and wind projects in Ohio. Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen also will address the convention.
The organization’s priorities and positions for the coming year will be debated and voted on by 358 delegates who represent all 88 Ohio counties. Energy is expected to be a big topic, with delegates discussing alternative energy policy, royalty payments to landowners, and eminent domain challenges.
Delegates also will discuss the continuing role farmers are playing in protecting the environment. Farmers recognize the need to find balance between protecting water resources and maintaining efficient food production.
Delegates are expected to support OFBF’s continuing work on topics such as trade, immigration, crop insurance. and federal conservation programs.
County farm bureaus that have carried out exceptional local programming will be recognized, as will individuals who have made distinguished contributions to Ohio agriculture and Farm Bureau. Young Agricultural Professional leaders and contest winners will be honored, and finalists in the Discussion Meet competition will be selected. New initiatives by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will be introduced.