COLUMBUS The 93rd annual meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is to take place Wednesday-Dec. 2 at Hyatt Regency hotel in Columbus.
The theme of this year's meeting is to be "Working and Growing Together."
The purpose of the meeting is for 342 delegates elected by county Farm Bureaus to establish policies on numerous issues including the 2012 farm bill, nutrient management and water quality, ownership of wild and dangerous animals and market-oriented responses to climate change. Also likely to be discussed are environmental and energy aspects of shale oil and gas development and solutions to the fiscal challenges facing state and local governments.
Delegates also are to consider a by-law change, which if approved would redefine several seats on the organization's board of trustees.
The board is to conduct its annual officer election to fill the positions of president, vice president and treasurer. Eight of the 26 OFBF districts are to elect board members.
Members and guests are to celebrate the organization's 2011 accomplishments and honor the contributions of individuals.
Awards to be presented are to honor outstanding county Farm Bureau programs, individuals who excelled in membership activities and distinguished service to Farm Bureau and Ohio agriculture. The Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet winners are to be recognized as well.