By Beverly Keller
Members of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau came together last week to celebrate a year of working hard.
“It’s been an exciting year for the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau,” Michele Specht, Organization Director, shared. “There have been many honors and milestones.”
Yet, she noted that the state of agriculture is not a stable one. “It is a tough time for farmers in our country, state, and nation,” Specht shared. “I pray daily for our farmers who work so hard feeding this world and barely make a living themselves.”
President Jim Rowe noted that being a part of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau is a privilege. “You are a member of a great organization,” he said. “You will realize that we are not just a farm organization, we are an organization with our heart in agriculture as a part of the whole community, striving to make a difference.”
As part of the event, Rowe and Roger Bond presented the Friend of Agriculture Award to Brett Hillyer. He was honored for his knowledge about agriculture as well as the impact of oil and gas when it comes to the land.
The Partner of the Year honor was awarded to the Indian Valley Future Farmers of America. Member of Distinction honors went to Dave Stiles, leader of the Indian Valley FFA.
Trustees were elected as part of the meeting as well. Winners included: John Ladrach, Kay Wise, Shana Angel, Ashley Cromer and Ron Bond. Delegates to the 2019 State Annual Meeting were also selected and included: Eric Prysi, Dalton Sprowl, Mike Yoder, Randy Club, Roger Bond and Steve Specht. Alternates were Cameron Mizer and Shana Angel.
The group also approved support of several local policies that included the following issues: 1 – working with landowners and Tuscarawas County Engineer to remove hazardous trees along county and township right of ways; 2 – educating people on alternative income options on the farm; 3 – educating young people on ag, food and environmental science career options; 4 – supporting development of a group to work with school boards, Job and Family Services, Emergency Management Agency and Tuscarawas County Health Department on programming to improve quality of life for schools, community; 5 – supporting working with Tuscarawas County EMA on an Agriculture Response Plan.
This story originally appeared in the September 5, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.