- The convention will be held January 26-27, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio
- Deadline for special room rates at Columbus Airport Marriott is Jan. 10
- Lots of great speakers and programming
- Young & Beginning Farmer events
- Downloadable registration form here
- Take a look at the agenda highlights (Updated January 10, 2018)
Program Shaping Up – More to Announce in January
The 84th Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention will be held January 26 – 27, 2018 at the Columbus Airport Marriott. We have an informative and dynamic program shaping up. Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director David Daniels will deliver an ODA update and an overview of the state of agriculture in Ohio to open the convention. Dr. Chris Winslow of Ohio Sea Grant will present on Friday about the state of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and whether Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Ontario are moving the needle on reducing phosphorous entering the lake. We’ll also hear from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown who will give us the view from Capitol Hill and preview the Farm Bill.
Of course, we’ll have the National Farmers Union presenting at the Friday night banquet just after the Ohio Farm PAC cocktail reception. Saturday will bring more Ohio ag-oriented presentations and our final deliberations on OFU policy initiatives for 2018.
Program for Young & Beginning Farmers
This year, we won’t be concluding with honoring our legislator of the year and scholarship winners at Saturday’s luncheon. We’re pleased to announce that concurrent with the convention, OFU is sponsoring a Young and Beginning Farmers program over the weekend. On Friday, there will be an urban farm or community food processing tour in the morning. We’ll have some convention hall presentations aimed at young farmers and Saturday will conclude with an after lunch Farm Business Skills Workshop aimed at younger farmers just getting started.