Farm Bureau members receive preferred rates for Institute programs. Find out the benefits of membership here.


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A resource network offering professional development opportunities for the entire food system, brought to you by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, delivering dynamic programs, networking, idea sharing, trends and issues updates, education opportunities and leadership development training.  


Held at various locations throughout the year, regional workshops offer three-hour sessions, covering the latest industry trends and policy issues. Coupled with a lunch, each regional workshop cover a set of topics, and brings a diverse group of professional speakers and industry leaders together to talk about the business and policy of food and farming.


$30 Farm Bureau members

$50 nonmembers

OFBF group members can attend as part of their group membership.

Tier 1 groups receive up to 5 tickets, Tier 2 groups up to 25 and Tier 3 groups up to 50 per year.

Contact your county Farm Bureau office to find out more about a group membership with Ohio Farm Bureau.

Reservations are required for all regional workshops and can be made by contacting your county Farm Bureau office. Reservation deadline is two weeks prior to each event.

2016 Regional Workshops


The Ohio Farm and Food Institute Online Learning program is designed to bring flexible training and education opportunities for Ohio’s food chain professionals. The online programs are composed of 30-45 minute lessons, all designed to meet specific farm and food industry needs. The curriculum and content for all the online training programs are under construction. The anticipated launch is Fall 2016. 


Held annually in conjunction with Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum is the premier event where farm and industry leaders from across the state come together to network, share ideas, gain leadership skills and learn more about the business of our food system. Each forum has an agribusiness trade show and community showcase. Topics and speakers change annually, but have covered a number of issues from human resources to drones, and immigration to personal branding. Each forum is better than the last, and is the best way to connect with other farm and food industry leaders from across the state.


Nov. 30, 2016

Columbus Convention Center

OFBF group members can attend as part of their group membership. Tier 1 groups receive up to 2 tickets, Tier 2 groups up to 4 tickets and Tier 3 groups up to 8 tickets.

Contact your county Farm Bureau office to find out more about a group membership with Ohio Farm Bureau.

Reservations are required to attend the Leadership Forum and trade show vendors are welcome.

Farm Bureau Group Members can attend and access Institute resources as part of their group member benefits. Find out how your business can be a group member here.

Ohio Farm Bureau

Group Membership


Health Care: Identifying the best plan
 for your farm or small business

The Affordable Care Act has altered the landscape of the American health care system. In this vastly different landscape, finding the best plan for your farm, your business and your employees is often overwhelming, and has many employers perpetually shopping the market for the best plan. Join leaders in the healthcare and business community in a formal presentation on available options and gain the tools to identify the plan that meets your business needs.

Sept. 7 | Findlay

Hancock County Extension Office

7868 County Road 140

Findlay, Ohio 45840 

Sept. 8 | Columbus

Venue 62

3995 Broadway

Grove City, OH 43123


Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Program: 9 a.m. to noon

Lunch: noon

Networking until 2 p.m. 

The Storm of Healthcare Reform

How is the implementation of ACA impacting businesses in Ohio?

An overview of the ACA

What do I need to know?

Why should I offer health insurance?

  •  The value of health insurance 
  •  Value to the employees
  •  Value to the business

Where do I begin?

  •  The basics
  •  Key concepts
  •  Individual and small group plans
  •  Types of health plans
  •  Important definitions
  •  Determining what my needs are

What are my options?

  • Benefits
  • Costs
  • Network
  • Brand

Evaluating your current plan


  • Sole proprietors 
  • Insured groups of 1 to 100 employees
  • Human resource professionals and decisions makers in the company



Greg Lehman, Co-owner, Watershed Distillery

Quinton Keeran, Director of Communications, Ohio Pork Council

Shannon Rodocker, Founder, Remember Marketing, LLC  

Featured Presenter: Marlene Eick, Herdmark Media

“Telling the story you’re living: Using branding and marketing to maximize your brand’s influence”

Websites, social media platforms, online content, blog posts, and live video - as a small business owner, the idea of marketing online can feel overwhelming. Our feature presenter Marlene helps you start at the beginning by considering your brand’s story and then creating a strategy to share it with your target market. You’re already living your story. It’s time to tell that story!

Marketing: Branding & Social Media Strategy

Marlene Eick is a storyteller and coach. As co-owner of Herdmark Media, she helps businesses in agriculture tell their story. As a leadership and career coach, Marlene helps people discover the stories within themselves. 


Supply Chain Dynamics: 

Making the connection from field to table

Agriculture supply chains in Ohio are continually evolving to meet consumer needs. With changing regulations, consumer demands and concentrated purchasing power, change can come quickly on production and processing practices. Come hear from industry leaders how they adjust to changing demands while meeting supply chain needs. Also get updates from OFBF policy experts on supply chain issues like transportation, water quality, food safety, and biotechnology. This workshop is brought to you in partnership with the Center for Innovative Food Technology and Rural Action.

Ballriech’s Bros., Inc.

Kristin Cushler, Marketing Manager

Bob Evans Farms

Richard Hall; Executive Vice President 

Supply Chain and Sustainability

Bon Appetit Management Company

S.K. Piper, Community Programs and Sustainability Support Manager


Premier Produce One 

Jeff Gibson; Merchandising Manager