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Local farm bureau representatives meet with lawmakers during annual Ag Day

MEETING IN COLUMBUS — Harleigh Schaffer and John Grafton, right, representatives of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, met with state Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, during Wednesday’s annual Ag Day in Columbus. -- Contributed

COLUMBUS — Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members, including representatives from Jefferson County, met one-on-one with state senators and representatives during the Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Day at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Ohio Farm Bureau priority issues including water quality, the farm economy, energy and the development of young and beginning farmers were discussed, along with several other community issues.

Attendees also took part in a fireside chat, as Adam Sharp, executive vice president of the state Farm Bureau, sat down with Gov. Mike DeWine and Dorothy Pelanda, director of the state Department of Agriculture, to discuss the H2Ohio initiative, trade and farm stress, among other topics.

The annual Ag Day in Columbus event embodies the grassroots efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau member volunteers, officials explained.

John Grafton and Harleigh Schaffer represented the Jefferson County Farm Bureau.

In addition to DeWine and Pelanda, local representatives heard from state Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder before meeting with legislators at the Statehouse.

The Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

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