Benefits of Becoming a Farm Bureau Member

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Like most organizations in their infant stages, the Geauga County Farm Bureau, along with 86 other county Farm Bureau’s that make up the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, have built themselves on a humble but steady beginning.

Formerly established in 1926, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation would become instrumental in shaping the state’s agricultural landscape and rural communities for many years to come, spearheading and influencing legislation and business concepts that would help keep farmers of all commodities and sizes in business and give them a chance to survive.

Some of those key issues include the institution of the Ohio Farmland Preservation Act, the Current Agriculture Use Valuation program, Personal Property Tax Exemption and the creation of a mutual insurance company that would later change their name to Nationwide.

With over 200,000 members across the state of Ohio and over 2600 in Geauga County, the Farm Bureau has been a big proponent of the grass-roots approach to agriculture programming and policy development. However, the Geauga County Farm Bureau has also been a big sponsor and contributor to Geauga Tourism’s Hometown Hoedown, Geauga Growth Partnership’s Homegrown Geauga, Leadership Geauga, Geauga Learns at the Geauga County Fair, Kiddie Tractor Pull and Cornbox at the Geauga County Fair, and Geauga County Century Farms Program with the Geauga County Recorder.

We have also awarded several thousands of dollars annually to Farm Bureau youth for scholarships and leadership opportunities such as AgriPower, Leadership Geauga and Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agriculture Professional Leadership Conference, as well as donated several hundred of pounds of food to several food pantries within the county.

Our current volunteer leaders have small and large farms, grain farms, produce and livestock farms, some are retired, some are the owners, a couple work for a farm and some work in an agriculture-related industry. These same folks have contributed to county and region as veterinarians, township trustees, committee leaders and chairman of various boards and projects, higher education, youth counselors, church group advisors, coaches, moms and dads, and grandparents.

According to membership co-chairman, Craig Sirna, of Sirna’s Farm & Market and Sirna’s Pizza in Auburn township, “Farm Bureau is much more than just a group of farmers only concerned with farming. We are concerned with how our farms resonate and reflect Geauga County, how our programs and policies can help address the issues of unemployment and the hungry, the difficulties of starting a farm or passing it down to the next generation, how we raise, grow and distribute our products, how we balance the need and beauty of green space with development and how we increase the number of positive agriculture experiences and support our farms. When someone signs up for Farm Bureau, they get an organization that is very dedicated to asking these questions and finding the solutions whether it’s through a local program or a legislative effort. I find my membership to be much more valuable than the $65 I pay to be a member.”

Other member benefits include a discount on Nationwide Insurance, a discount on Grainger and Sherwin Williams products, a rebate on select General Motors vehicles, an Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy, discounts at Choice Hotels, and two award-winning publications (The Buckeye Farm News and Our Ohio), along with several other benefits.

The membership campaign kick-off takes place on Thursday January 29 at 6:30 PM at Blazin’ Bills. To place your reservation, learn more about being a Farm Bureau member and the benefits that come with it, please call 1-800-410-4613. You can also find our event on Facebook with full details.

This Story is Brought to you by The Geauga County Farm Bureau

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