Farm Bureau member’s hold annual meeting

| August 28, 2014

COSHOCTON – Members and guests attending the annual meeting of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau enjoyed a meal of pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and assorted pies for dessert catered by Schumaker Farms. Guest speaker Melvin Lahmers, an agronomist with TMK, gave a slide presentation on the shale industry and updated everyone on the impact of this year’s weather on crops.

Outgoing President Rick Haines thanked everyone for attending this year’s meeting and introduced new President Jesse Whinnery. Haines specifically mentioned the efforts of the local Farm Bureau volunteers helping with the fourth grade ag day held at the fairgrounds. This year’s event will be held on Sept. 10.

Organization Director Kari Burkey thanked members for their support of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau and presented board members with a hooded sweatshirt sporting the Farm Bureau logo. Burkey gave a slide presentation on “Healthy Water Ohio” and the impact that Farm Bureaus are having to help Ohio’s overall water quality and the watershed that impacts millions of Americans east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians. This watershed drains to the Gulf of Mexico where there is a significant algae problem where the Mississippi River drains into the Gulf. Burkey told members that the Farm Bureau is having a positive impact there and on Lake Erie.

State Farm Bureau trustee Paul Davidson was on hand and told members that, “Your Farm Bureau was very involved with Senate Bill 150 to protect our valuable water assets.”

Burkey presented Haines with an outgoing president’s pin and new president Jesse Whinnery was introduced.

Members voted on several local, state and national policies, with all passing as recommended by the Farm Bureau board.

Todd Endsley, representing the OSU Extension Levy Renewal Committee, urged Farm Bureau members to get behind the campaign and talk to friends and neighbors about the importance of the Coshocton County OSU Extension.

Kari Burkey presented Donna Rae Young and Ruth Ann Overholt with a pull over for signing new members with Young getting two new members and Overholt signing eight. Overholt also received a thermos and a hooded sweatshirt.

Haines received a round of applause for his years of service to the Coshocton County Farm Bureau as President. Farm Bureau members also know that Haines can grill a mean hot dog.

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