Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are tackling the tough topics facing the agriculture industry by serving on the 2019 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee.
The committee will collect and organize public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and present the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates at the state annual meeting in December.
In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and Farm Bureau staff on topics such as climate change, mental health, water quality initiatives, farm leases, trade, risk management, foreign ownership in U.S. ag, education, school funding and rural broadband.
The policy committee consists of 10 members from OFB’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus. The chairman is OFB First Vice President Bill Patterson, Chesterland. The committee includes OFBF President Frank Burkett, III, Massillon; and Treasurer Cy Prettyman, New Bloomington.
State trustees are Matt Bell, Zanesville; Mike Bensman, Sidney; Mike Boyert, Seville; Jenny Cox, Dresden; Paul Harrison, Fostoria; Rose Hartschuh, Sycamore; and Chris Weaver, Lyons.
County representatives and the counties they represent are Glen Arnold, Putnam; Amanda Badger, Preble County; Veronica Boysel, Franklin; Steve Brunner, Pike; Danielle Burch, Columbiana; Robert Buxton, Coshocton; Robert Hange, Wayne; Dale Hulit, Richland; Gene McCurdy, Delaware; and Steven Wickersham, Marion.
Learn more at ofbf.org.