Member Highlight: Ohio Farm Bureau
The Ohio Farm Bureau has been a member of TMACOG since 1999, the year after TMACOG began accepting non-governmental agencies as members. They joined to build stronger connections between their member farmers and governments that regulate the agricultural industry. OFB was organized in 1919 to help farmers with rural electrification and now has more than 200,000 members with county bureaus representing all 88 Ohio counties.
The Ohio Farm Bureau is a non-profit organization supported by member dues. The main focus of the bureau is public policy as it affects agriculture and the food industry. Their interests range from big picture issues like bio-fuels, environmental protection, and food safety to local concerns including farmers markets, county fairs, and urban agriculture. The farm bureau also organizes educational and safety programs for young people.
Mr. Allen Gahler is the organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties. He said, “TMACOG keeps us aware of issues in the region. The bureau and our board review information from TMACOG newsletters and other mailings. We also access the TMACOG website when we need to research information, and use the Directory of Public Officials regularly.”