Farm bureau membership campaign kicks off Jan. 30

From local reports

Washington County Farm Bureau will kick off its 2017 membership campaign on Monday, Jan. 30, at Meadowbrook High School in Byesville. The event will include dinner at 6 p.m., prizes and special speaker, Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President, Adam Sharp. A free meal for paid member and spouse is available by reservation only, with reservations due Jan. 20.

“We encourage all of our members to attend our kick-off to learn what we do for them as members and to learn how to ask others to jour our organization for their benefit, too!” said Kenley Schwendeman, membership coordinator.

The annual kick-off draws over 200 members that learn of the recent year’s accomplishments and what challenges lay ahead for landowners. Those attending will receive information on member benefits and how to earn prizes working on this year’s membership team.

“Farm Bureau is people. Our organization strength lies within our volunteers that work together on a multitude of issues that affect farmers, landowners, consumers and the public. We stand together on issues important to our members. It definitely pays to belong” said Schwendeman.

There are currently 1,427 Farm Bureau members in Washington County comprised of farmers, gardeners, food and wine enthusiasts, teachers and more. To learn more or to make reservations for the Jan. 30 kick-off dinner, contact the county office at 740.425.3681 or email