Delegates prepare for busy OFBF Annual Meeting

When the 94th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) gets underway on Wednesday, November 28 in downtown Columbus, one thing is certain, there won’t be a lack of issues to talk about.

“We’ve got some economic challenges to deal with at the state and federal level in terms of budget and tax issues, we certainly have environmental concerns, whether its nutrient management or how we’re going to handle the environmental aspects of oil and gas drilling in Ohio,” said Joe Cornely, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications at OFBF.

In addition to educational sessions, County Farm Bureau’s will be recognized for their achievements and a number of individual awards will be presented as well.

But the main reason for the annual meeting takes place on Thursday and Friday, that’s when delegates to the OFBF annual meeting will get down to business and develop policy that will guide the organization.

High on the list of policy discussions will be tax policy for the state, as well as privatizing the Ohio Turnpike.

“Farm Bureau members from the counties that have the Turnpike going across them have already asked their fellow Farm Bureau members to oppose privatization, so there’s going to be a lot of discussion there,” Cornely said. “And then the right way to manage nutrients and also protect water quality that will be another hot one.”

The 94th OFBF Annual Meeting begins today, Wednesday, November 28 and continues through Friday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus.

Audio: Joe Cornely, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (4:20 mp3)

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