8/24/2012 11:39:00 AM Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau holds annual meeting
Photo by Brad S. Sherman
Pictured are officers and trustees from the Jackson-Vinton County Farm Bureau. In front from left are Jon Hensler, John Forshey, Jennefer Saxour, Shane Meldick, and Brent Dixon. In back are Kim Harless, Jamey Sexton, Melody Meldick, Mark Chevalier, Misty Sexton, Gerald Fulkerson, and Don Leedy.
Trustees and delegates were elected, a number of policy issues passed, and a delicious meal was served as part of the Jackson-Vinton County Farm Bureau's annual meeting Tuesday, August 21 at the Wesley United Methodist Church.
It was a time for the Farm Bureau to reflect on the past year's work, as well as look toward and set goals for the future.
"This meeting is to let everybody know what our county has done last year and what we plan on doing the upcoming year," said J-V Farm Bureau President Shane Meldick, "and to tell you our goals and what we have accomplished."
Meldick spoke about several of the organization's activities during the year including the 4th Annual Agriculture Experience Day. It provided 350 local second-graders with a day full of learning about agriculture and the role it plays in their everyday lives.
He also talked about the bureau's booth at this year's Spring Showcase, the celebration of National Agriculture Week, the popular Hog Wild Piggy Bank Decorating Contest, and scholarship awards.
The 2012 $500 scholarship winners for 2012 were Jackson High School's Austin Mercer and Oak Hill High School's Dirk Dempsey. Both are attending The Ohio State University.
Organization Director Kim Harless reported total membership in the J-V Farm Bureau had grown to 684, a gain of three, and 571 active farmers are members.
Ambassador Awards for signing up 10 members or more went to Jon Hensler, Melody Meldick, and Jennefer Saxour, while five-member awards went to Brent Dixon and Shane Meldick.
Other special speakers for the evening included State Trustee Tim Williams and Patty DeBruin. Williams spoke about issues being discussed at the state level and Debruin used members of the audience to convey her message in a fun way.
"We need to learn to be the best we can be and embrace technology and catch on with the system," she said while holding up an iPad, "use cell phones, perhaps even learn some things like Facebook or Twitter so we can make our organization the best and the strongest it can be."
As part of the evening's business, Don Leedy, Jon Hensler, and Brent Dixon were elected trustees. Jamey and Misty Sexton were chosen to join President Meldick as delegates to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.
All county, state, and national policy issues on the ballot passed. Those included:
Youth Education: Support collaborating with 4-H, the Soil and Water Conservation District, and other agriculture organizations, to continue sponsoring an "Agriculture Experience Day" event that promotes agriculture for youth and educate the public in what is being done at the Jackson Agricultural Research Station.
SWCD, FSA, OARDC and County Extension Funding: Support the importance of funding for the Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and County Extension, including staff and technical assistance. Strive to educate county officials on importance of agriculture in the county and keep local agencies in the county.
CAUV and Ag Districts: Support the awareness of Current Agricultural Use Value and formation of Ag Districts.
Eminent Domain: Opposed to taking of property by Eminent Domain for personal or private gain, by writing letters and educating state and national legislators.
CAUV: The organization supports waiving the renewal process annually, unless there is a change of ownership in the property or use of property and go to a 3-year renewal process.
Youth Rehabilitation: The organization supports the creation of a youth program utilizing county property for agricultural education and youth rehabilitation.
BCP: The organization encourages the ODA to support Biomass Crop Production.
Eminent Domain: Opposed to the taking of property by Eminent Domain for personal or private gain, by writing letters and educating state and national legislators.
Agricultural Research and Education: Support the importance of funding for the Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Farm Service Agency and extension, including staff and technical assistance. Strive to educate state officials on importance of agriculture in state.
CAUV: Support waiving the renewal process annually, unless there is a change of ownership in the property or use of property and go to a three-year renewal process.
Speed Limits: We support no split speed limits throughout the State of Ohio.
BCP: Encourage the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to support Biomass Crop Production.
Honey and Apiculture: Support the Apiary program and keeping experienced inspectors to protect the health of the bee-keeping industry.
BCAP: Encourage the ODA to support the biomass Crop Assistance Program.
Storage Facility: Keep the Farm Storage Facility Law Program in effect.
A number of elected officials and candidates for political office and honored guests were in attendance. The meal was prepared by the ladies of Wesley United Methodist church and Ruth Ann LeMaster sang grace.
The evening concluded with a drawing for numerous door prizes. This year's split the pot, worth $156, was won by Ancil Cross, who donated it all back to the scholarship fund.