OFBF members reflect, celebrate, and set policy at annual meeting
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members were “Together Again” for the 103rd annual meeting in Columbus.
OFBF President Bill Patterson says “you could certainly feel the energy from the participants, delegates, and members to be able to talk in person about the issues, different tings going on, and life in general.”
He tells Brownfield members were able to discuss issues impacting agriculture and their operations.
“They brought up a lot of areas whether it was the food chain, the agriculture industry, regulation, legislation, and there are all these issues that are snowballing,” he says. “To be able to get out there and get these issues on the table and talk about solutions to these issues was exciting.”
Patterson says the annual meeting was also a celebration of the grassroots of the organization.
“In 2021 we were really able to celebrate the last two years, so we had some tremendous successes as far as membership goes and tremendous success in county programming both on a statewide basis as well as on a national basis for American Farm Bureau,” he says. “We also gave several scholarships including the first Y Prize in honor of Yvonne Lesicko who passed away suddenly and recognize her concern with farmer and agricultural mental health. We also had four distinguished service award winners: Dr. Tony Forshey, Belinda Jones, Randy Leis, and Keith Stimpert. It was a real honor for me to be able to recognize them for their lifetime achievements.”
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together with Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen the state’s communities.
Audio: Bill Patterson