State Summary 2017 — Ohio
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) network is the main Ohio AITC delivery system. All 86 county Farm Bureaus have Grow & Konw team in place, which includes education outreach.
New lessons have been added to the student activities section of OurOhio.org. All lessons are matched to state standards.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
For the 16th year, OFBF sponsored the Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. The goal of the exhibit is to provide ag education opportunities for fair visitors. Approximately 375,000 fairgoers visited the display. Approximately 8,500 young people worked their way through the new Farm to Table exhibit. It was a self guided trip through a grocery store display. OFBF again partnered with the Ohio State Fair, Ohio Department of Ag and commodity organizations to enhance the Ag is Cool" program, an interactive and educational scavenger hunt targeted to fourth grade students. Approximately 1,050 4th grade students participated and 3,800 other students and adults participated. Students could win a $500 scholarship by writing an essay. Four essays were awarded to students in November.
In the 2016/17 fiscal year, 86 county Farm Bureaus received $452,000 in education funding from Ohio Farm Bureau for events, communication and education projects. From evaluations submitted, approximately 15,648 county Farm Bureau volunteers were involved with the activities and an estimated 152,716 people were reached.
The Teachers Lounge e-newsletter was e-mailed five times in 2017 to 1,987 teacher subscribers. The goal is to provide teachers who are interested in ag education materials with a summary of resource materials and programs available to them.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Ninety-three percent (80 of 86) of the county Farm Bureaus conducted education programs.
More than sixty-five unique Grow and Know events took place throughout the state. County Farm Bureaus have embraced the concept and created many events of their own, which are collectively promoted in each issue of Our Ohio magazine. The nature of county Grow and Know events was diverse and included speakers at county fairs, farm tours for students, meet a farmer events, tailgate events, cooking classes, farm market tours, wine events and dinners on the farm.
33, 312 students from K-4 participated in an Ag Day in 49 counties in Ohio. These include multiple stations teaching a variety of agricultural and natural resources subjects. They are coordinated and conducted by the county Farm Bureaus.
68 county Farm Bureaus participated in their county fairs by offering educational activities such as agricultural scavenger hunts, member information stands, livestock barn tours and ask the expert events. This included 1,421 volunteers and touched 257,000 people.
David Rule graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural systems management. Rule joined the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation staff in 1983 and currently serves as Senior Director, Organizational Development. Previously David served as the Executive Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Rule has extensive experience in leadership development programs, young ag professional programs, human resources and member engagement.
Rule served on the OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board and currently serves as on the College of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineer IPAQ Advisory Board. He is also the chair for the Dublin ACT Coalition leading the fight against youth substance abuse in Central Ohio.