As farmers we are used to facing unforeseen circumstances — bad weather, market volatility, trade disruption, a broken axle on a tractor — but never has a year challenged our industry, our country and our world as the year 2020.
For our 102nd annual meeting, some of our members are gathering in person in small groups as dictated by coronavirus pandemic guidelines throughout Ohio. Others are joining us, many for the first time, through the wonders of technology we have all gotten used to over the last nine months.
The Ohio Farm Bureau mission of working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities has been on display and taken to heart more than ever before during this turbulent time in our history.
This year those not involved in the production of food figured out just how essential farms are, and those who were in need of assistance realized that Ohio Farm Bureau is here to help.
I saw firsthand how our members stepped up repeatedly to show our value to society and help communities in need, over and over again. So many of our county Farm Bureaus rose to the challenge by donating time, energy, pork, beef, milk and so many other necessities to our neighbors who have fallen on some of the hardest times of their lives.
The challenges and uncertainty of this year have not been easy for anyone. Technology, while an essential tool throughout the pandemic, has not been without its frustrations as the need for robust rural broadband service is at the forefront of the highest priority items for Farm Bureau members. Mental health is a priority issue as well, as farmers across the state and our organization continue to face challenges. We appreciate working in partnership with others in the state on this important issue and so many others.
Despite all the headwinds we faced in 2020, I am so proud of a dedicated group of county leaders and state board members and staff who carried out the exciting and difficult work of envisioning the needs of members and our Farm Bureau of the future. I appointed a Membership and Financial Strength Task Force with this charge at our last annual meeting, and despite all the disruptions of 2020, this group carried out its mission, and the group’s ideas will be shared soon.
As it has been for more than 100 years, Ohio Farm Bureau is ready and able to help members and their businesses survive and thrive in difficult times by advocating for agriculture and the support our farmers need. Even in the toughest of times, agriculture always proves tougher.
It is my honor and distinct privilege to welcome you to your annual meeting. It’s a time to reflect, but also time to prepare the important positions of our grassroots organization.
On behalf of the entire board of trustees, thank you for your continued support of Ohio Farm Bureau. Now, let’s see what 2021 brings. Without a doubt, we will be ready.
Frank E. Burkett III
Ohio Farm Bureau President
President Address-Frank Burkett III
Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Address-Kirt Walker
Executive Vice President Address-Adam Sharp
7:45 - 9 p.m
District Trustee Elections
Region Trustee Election
Policy Help Desk Open
Delegates log into Zoom and Turning Technologies for Delegate Certification
General Session Resumes
General Session Resumes
General Session Resumes
5 p.m. (or when policy discussion is completed)
Ohio Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership organization that works to support Ohio agriculture and the state’s food and farm community. Our organization is strong because of our committed members. Join us in congratulating these outstanding Ohio Farm Bureau members on their achievements.
We know that over the next 20 years, 70% of farmland will transfer to the next generation, but it is estimated that only 30% will stay as family farms. Ranchers and farmers tell us that their weakest link in succession planning is not technology or information but rather human relationship management.
When it comes to succession planning, there is a demonstrated close relationship between how well a family communicates and its probability of success. This presentation will focus on tips and methods to use in maintaining family harmony for purposes of farm succession planning.
All attendees in the webinar will be entered to win an Ohio State University Football helmet signed by Coach Ryan Day.
A word from tonight’s sponsor, Nationwide
At the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, we understand the great need to inspire innovation and cultivate investment in Ohio's farm and food community. We work diligently to bring agriculture into the spotlight by attracting young leaders to our industry. Being a part of Ohio’s largest agriculture organization, the Foundation is uniquely positioned to support the next generation of agriculture producers, scientists and community leaders through scholarships, grants and innovative programming.
Your support is vital to our future! Your generosity will help us attract young leaders to our industry to meet the needs of tomorrow. Whether you’re able to give $25, $100, or even $500, your gift combined with the gifts received from other Farm Bureau members will result in a harvest of new leaders and innovation for tomorrow.
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