On February 29, the Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureau (WCCFB) sent six members to Farm Bureau’s “Ag Day at the Capital” to advocate for agricultural issues, referred to as “Agvocacy.”
The six students were Aryn Copeland, Carly Fitz, Chyann Kendal, Kayli Long, Joseph Schmidt, and Jese Shell.
“We had the opportunity to learn about Farm Bureau’s priority issues and raise gratitude and concerns through meetings with our representatives,” said Copeland, the WCCFB president.
Farm Bureau members from around the state flocked to the Ohio Statehouse to discuss agriculture legislation with their representatives.
“I thought it was cool to work with other Collegiate Farm Bureau members and getting to network with Ohio State University and Kent State members,” said Fitz, the public relations officer.
Members of the Farm Bureau chapters at Ohio State Univerity and Kent State joined WCCFB when they met Rep. Susan Manchester and discussed key issues such as H2Ohio and water quality, right to farm, and livestock liability.
The members also thanked Manchester for her support on House Bill 183. This bill would give tax incentives to both the older generation who are passing down their farms and to young farmers entering the industry.
“Agvocacy is important because it ensures that all voices in agriculture are heard and that decisions made at all levels reflect the adapting and diverse needs of all agriculturalists,” said Shell, the vice president of WCCFB.