The Ohio Farmers Union Annual Convention will return to the Howard Johnson Hotel, Banquet and Conference Center in Lima, Ohio for 2020.
This 86th annual meeting of the family farm organization will be held January 24-25, 2020.
Contact your county or regional Farmers Union president to inquire about becoming a delegate or simply attend for the fellowship and presentation on state and national farm policy, industrial hemp, how trade has affected family farms – and a 2020 trade outlook – as well as the Friday night banquet.
Saturday will conclude the convention with more special guest presentations and the adoption of OFU’s 2020 policy priorities – the ‘special orders of business.’
The change in venue from Columbus to Lima was a success last year. The facilities in Lima offered everything OFU had access to in Columbus and the reviews from delegates and participants was positive.
One interesting wrinkle this year will be a visit from National Farmers Union Vice President Patty Edelburg as NFU is going through its first leadership change since 2009 when Roger Johnson was elected president. Johnson announced his retirement recently after a strong ten years of leading NFU.
Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda will open this year’s convention with an address to the assembly on Friday. Other speakers lined up for the convention include the president of the Ohio Hemp Growers Coop and an agricultural trade expert from Ohio State University. Other speakers will be announced soon.
OFU will hold a policy committee meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. For information contact Ron Sylvester at rcs[at]ronsylvester[dot]com. Proposed Special Orders of Business will be adopted at the convention from among proposals adopted by the policy committee and any proposals from the floor that meet the rules of the meeting.
To register for the convention:
To receive the OFU discounted rate for a hotel room at Howard Johnson’s please contact the hotel at 419-222-0004 and mention the Ohio Farmers Union when making your reservation.