The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) public policy team and overall grassroots activity was recently recognized by the American Farm Bureau as one of the nation’s best.
OFBF was awarded the traveling FBACT (Farm Bureau Agricultural Contact Team) trophy for the Midwest Region for excellence in grassroots activities aimed at Congress. The award is given once every two years, coinciding with the Congressional cycle. OFBF earned the trophy for its efforts during the 110th Congress. FBACT advances agricultural and rural interests by connecting members of Congress to their constituents.
Highlights from the last two years of Ohio Farm Bureau grassroots include:
• 10,495 post cards and letters sent to lawmakers on a wide variety of ag-related issues.
• More than 300 member visits, including 200 by county presidents to legislators’ offices in Washington, D.C.
• More than 1,000 participants took part in 34 different Congressional district-based farm forums, farm tours, meet-and-greets, fund-raisers and more.
The Ohio Farm Bureau is the Buckeye State’s largest general farm organization, with more than 234,000 members. Learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau at www.ofbf.org.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has appointed Kevin Joyce, of Sylvania, to the Great Lakes Compact Advisory Board.
The board was established by the Ohio General Assembly to develop recommendations for legislation to implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The purpose of the compact, adopted by the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces and signed into law by President Bush, is to conserve and manage the water resources of the Great Lakes watershed.
Joyce is executive director of Black Swamp Conservancy, a land trust based in Perrysburg.