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Career opportunity: Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Executive Director

Located in the organization’s Columbus office, the executive director works closely with the foundation board of directors and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the foundation. Other key duties include development and implementation of policies to fulfill its charitable purpose, grantmaking procedures and administrative systems along with managing the director of development on fundraising, marketing and community outreach.

Desired qualities include solid organizational abilities such as planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation; strong financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting; pursuit of board meeting success; and a vision to put the mission into a long-term view by creating a framework for its execution.

Broad responsibilities and duties:

  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with a wide variety of constituencies including current and potential donors, businesses and community partners.
  • Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the Foundation are appropriate
  • Supervises and collaborates with staff
  • Directs the foundation communications plan with strong written and oral skills along with sound public speaking ability
  • Imparts leadership to the foundation board of directors

Skills and qualifications

  • Minimum five years of related experience in fundraising, event management, and volunteer management; preferably with a statewide or regional organization
  • CFRE preferred
  • Significant board development, fundraising, marketing and fiscal management experience is required
  • Interest in and commitment to Ohio’s farm and food community
  • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team

About Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

For over three decades Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has been committed to driving community change, stimulating new ideas, and engaging audiences in a conversation around creating a strong farm and food community.

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101st Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting coverage

Ohio Farm Bureau kicks off its annual meeting today in Columbus. The event’s theme is Embracing a New Century.

Nearly 700 Farm Bureau members and friends are expected to attend the meeting; all convention activities will be held at the Hilton Columbus Downtown and Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Keynote speakers include OFBF President Frank Burkett III, OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp and Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker.

Awards will be presented to outstanding County Farm Bureaus, statewide Young Agricultural Professionals winners and members who have excelled in the membership campaign.

Delaware County farmer and owner of Price Farms Organics, Tom Price, is receiving the Distinguished Service Award. Former Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen is receiving the Ezra C. Anstaett Heritage Award and Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely is receiving the organization’s Agricultural Communicator Award.

Nearly 400 delegates will debate and determine the organization’s policy positions for 2020.

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Policy issues set by Farm Bureau delegates

Water quality efforts, transportation and infrastructure, and wildlife management were among the priorities set by delegates at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting.

The approved policies set the direction for the organization’s activities in the coming year. A record 381 delegates representing all county Farm Bureaus participated in the debate and discussion.

During the meeting held in Columbus, delegates heard from Gov. Mike DeWine on the important role Ohio Farm Bureau had in shaping the direction of the recently unveiled H2Ohio initiative and water quality programs. Members supported incentives for performing on-farm nutrient management trials that address water quality, along with the ongoing partnerships of statewide conservation efforts, including the newly formed Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative, of which Ohio Farm Bureau is a member.

Efficient transportation is vital to a robust agriculture sector in Ohio, and delegates discussed finding a balance between the need to deliver farm products while maintaining roadways and bridges.

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Farm Bureau officers, trustees elected

Ohio Farm Bureau’s officers and trustees were elected Dec. 5 during the organization’s 101st annual meeting. Below are links to individual news releases on the election results.  The news release also contains a link to a hi-resolution photo.

Election results

President Frank Burkett III 

Vice President Bill Patterson

Treasurer Cy Prettyman 

District 1 Trustee Chris Weaver: Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams Counties

District 5 Trustee Craig Polhman: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert Counties

District 6 Trustee Paul Harrison: Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot Counties

District 10 Trustee Mike Bensman: Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby Counties

District 13 Trustee Jerry Lahmers: Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas Counties

District 15 Trustee Michael Videkovich: Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross Counties

District 19 Trustee John Mossbarger: Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren Counties

District 20 Trustee Nathan Brown: Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland Counties

Southwest regional trustee Kyle Smith: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Union and Warren Counties

This is a news release for use by journalists.

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2020 Youth Capital Challenge applications due Dec. 15

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering again for the 2020 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, giving teens the chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities a better place.

Up to 40 delegates will be selected for the 2020 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training March 2-3 in Columbus for Phase One of the challenge and meet with Ohio legislators. Delegates will work in their assigned delegate teams during the following months to develop a public policy issue and proposed solution and prepare a presentation for public hearing. Delegate teams will come together again in Columbus May 16, 2020 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair July 31 for scholarship dollars..

Read about the 2019 participants and winning projects.

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Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020

HYATT REGENCY | COLUMBUS, OH 

LOCATION
Hyatt Regency
350 N. High Street | Columbus, OH 43215
614-463-1234
REGISTRATION – To register click here
Early Bird by Dec. 20
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Costs increase Dec. 21
One-day: $100
 | $125 (no hotel room)
One person: $180 | $205
Student: $160  | $180
Two people: $225 | $275
Registration closes Jan. 3, 2020
Many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for this conference. Discounts available for Group Membership participants. Contact your county Farm Bureau for details.

2020 AGENDA

Friday, Jan. 31
2 p.m. Early Registration
3 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions
5 p.m. General Registration & Partnership Showcase
6:30 p.m. Discussion Meet
7:15 p.m. General Session
8 p.m. Keynote Speaker Jay Hill
9 p.m. Entertainment
10:30 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, Feb. 1
7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Family Feud
8 a.m. General Session- Discussion Meet, YAP awards
8:45 a.m. Partnership Showcase
9:15 a.m.

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Career Opportunity: Organization Director

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented self-starter for a management position in Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties. Individual must be willing to reside in the service area. Demonstrated leadership skills and management ability is required as is a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field. Three years of work experience in agriculture or in a business setting is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of a membership organization and be comfortable with public speaking and sales. Attractive benefit package includes a company vehicle. Email resumé and cover letter to hr@ofbf.org. Deadline to apply: Dec. 13, 2019 by 5 p.m.

About Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community-building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.

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Legal with Leah: Sky Lanterns

Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.

Transcript

Ty Higgins: Sky lanterns have been around for centuries. They’re usually part of a celebration, oftentimes mistaken for UFOs. But as majestic and harmless as they may seem, they come with the possibility of unforeseen dangers and rules to help mitigate the problems they could cause. This is Legal with Leah. Along with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis, I’m Ty Higgins and Leah, these sky lanterns are becoming more common and popular in rural Ohio, so much so that there are certain steps that need to be taken in order to set them off. We’ll get to that later. But first, explain what these sky lanterns look like and how they work. They’re kind of miniature hot air balloons, so to speak.

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#GivingTuesday – The Bill and Helen Swank Scholarship fund

When
December 3, 8am–11:59pm

To date, we are about $10,000 away from reaching our total fundraising goal of $25,000 for the Bill and Helen Swank Scholarship fund. This #GivingTuesday, will you help us raise 10% of that goal?

Bill Swank was a charismatic leader with a contagious laugh, who devoted his life to family, friends, and Ohio agriculture. Over the course of his 40-year career with Farm Bureau, Bill enriched countless lives in the farm and food community. Now Bill’s family wants to honor his legacy by setting up a scholarship fund for the next generation of agricultural leaders. The Bill and Helen Swank Scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture.

 

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Help OSU Agri-Marketing team by taking survey

Ohio State National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Team is working on their project for the 2020 NAMA competition. The competition is where undergraduate students create and develop a marketing plan for a hypothetical product that directly benefits the American farmer. The team is collecting data from Ohio farmers through a short 10 question survey. Please consider providing your insights to help with their project. The data being collected is only being used to air the development of the team’s project.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Member Savings Advantage

Ohio Farm Bureau has teamed with a national discount provider to offer the Member Savings Advantage program. This discount program offers member-only savings at local restaurants and retailers in Ohio, as well as national brands across the country.

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Savings Promotion!

  • Members receive an exclusive deal every day for 12 days
  • For any of the 12 deals that a member redeems, the member will be entered to win a list of fun prizes
  • Members will also be entered to win the grand prize of a Universal Studios trip
  • Members can opt out of this 12 day promotion at any time. Opting out excludes the member from winning any of the prizes that will be offered during this time.

See how much you could save with this Savings Estimator calculator!

New — Walt Disney World Tickets: Walt Disney World Resort has released its new Date-Based Tickets and pricing platform! 

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Ohio Farm Bureau funding water quality projects across the state

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is providing funding for county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. This is the fifth year Ohio Farm Bureau has provided funding, putting the total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at over $1 million in county water quality projects.

The grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. Over the life of the plan, OFBF has invested $2.4 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers’ ability to produce food.

This year, more than $90,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.

“These projects are spread out across the state with participation from dozens of partnering organizations that include conservation, government, university, health and private entities,” said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.

County Farm Bureaus receiving funding and their projects:

Ashland County: An Adapt-N and Field Forecasting Tool crop modeling systems will be implemented to improve nutrient efficiency and reduce nutrient loss from farm fields in the Jerome Fork of the Mohican River.

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USDA Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation and Trade Disruption

(Washington, D.C., May 23, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy to support American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Specifically, the President has authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. These programs will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.

“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property.

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American Poultry Farmers Regain Access to China

U.S. poultry exports expected to top $1 billion annually

(Washington, D.C., November 14, 2019) – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement on China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:

“The United States welcomes China’s decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products.  This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers,” said Ambassador Lighthizer.  “China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers, and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China.  Reopening China to U.S. poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry.”

Secretary Perdue said, “After being shut out of the market for years, U.S. poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products. 

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Governor DeWine announces H2Ohio water quality plan

Nov. 14, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination.

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy with long-lasting solutions to address the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.”

DeWine’s H2Ohio plan is an investment in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increased implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands; improve wastewater infrastructure; replace failing home septic systems; and prevent lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective, and permanent water quality solutions.

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ExploreAg Experience: John Deere Dec. 6

When
December 6, 9am–12pm

Where
John Deere Training Center
9005 Heritage Dr., Plain City, OH 4306

All students from grades 7-12 are welcome to participate in a hands-on experience to explore the various agricultural careers in Ohio. In this experience, participants will explore the many careers with John Deere, Ag Pro and JD Tech while performing hands-on activities with precision agriculture. Flyer

A FREE lunch is included at the end of the event and there is no cost to participate.

Note: School excuses can be provided by OSU Extension.
*It is the responsibility of the participant to verify absence is acceptable with the school.*

Contact information: Marissa Mulligan 614-292-5543 or via email.

 

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Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: African swine fever

African swine fever has been sweeping through various pockets of the world, threatening the pork market. While this disease has been around for many years, it’s only been in the last year that concern has ramped up about this highly contagious disease. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer discusses why this is the case during a recent Field Day podcast with insight from Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Swine Health Information Center, and Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council.

What is African swine fever?
It’s a highly contagious viral disease with a high mortality rate and affects both domestic and wild pigs. Multiple strains exist with some more virulent than others.

Is it in the United States?
No. It’s been found in Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and China where it infected the largest pig herd in the world.

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Career Opportunity: Organization Director

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented self-starter for a management position in Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties. Individual must be willing to reside in the service area. Demonstrated leadership skills and management ability is required as is a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field. Three years of work experience in agriculture or in a business setting is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of a membership organization and be comfortable with public speaking and sales. Attractive benefit package includes a company vehicle. Email resumé and cover letter to [email protected]. Deadline to apply: Nov. 19, 2019

About Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.

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Scholarships available to attend 2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

Ohio Farm Bureau would like to select 10 Young Agricultural Professionals members to attend the American Farm Bureau’s 2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference to enhance their knowledge of and experience with Farm Bureau.

Members will travel to Louisville, Ky. March 13-16, 2020 to hear from motivational speakers, network with members and industry leaders, gain new information and skills through breakout sessions and tour local ag and tourism locations.

Conference highlights

  • Keynote speakers
  • Local tours in Kentucky
  • Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • Hands-on learning sessions
  • Evening entertainment
  • And so much more!

Farm Bureau members interested in one of the 10 spots should apply by Nov. 15, 2019. Couples and individuals are welcome to apply (couples should complete separate applications.) Ohio Farm Bureau staff will review applications and select the 10 participants. However, any OFBF YAP member is welcome to attend the AFBF YF&R Conference at his or her own expense.

Conference details:

Date: March 13-16, 2020

Location: Louisville, Ky.

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