Ohio’s 8th Congressional District is one of the largest agricultural districts in the Buckeye State. It boasts more than 5,400 farms, growing grains, produce and raising livestock on nearly 1 million acres. Each year, I host Farm Forum to bring together experts from different sectors of the agriculture community for a discussion of issues impacting this vital industry.
The 2014 8th District Farm Forum was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Edison Community College, located at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH, 45356.
This year’s panel focused on the 2014 farm bill and how important reforms in the bill will help Ohio’s agriculture community.
The keynote speaker this year was Mr. Hank Meijer. Mr. Meijer serves as co-chief executive officer of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, as well as co-chairman with his brother, Doug. Customer experience and a respect for team members are the basic philosophies that guided Hendrik Meijer (Hank’s grandfather), and his 14-year-old son, Fred (Hank’s father), when they opened the first Meijer grocery store out of his barber shop in Greenville, Michigan, 80 years ago. Together, they pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, and employs more than 60,000 team members.