OSA Recruits Record Number of New Members at FSR

November 1, 2018 Ohio Soybean Association

The 56th Farm Science Review drew 108,074 visitors, many of whom stopped by the Ohio Soybean building located at the intersection of Friday Ave. and Tractor St. The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) recruited a record number of new members this year. OSA staff members and board members greeted visitors with free cups of coffee and were able to explain the benefits and importance of belonging to a grassroots organization like OSA. OSA enlisted the help of several students involved in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at The Ohio State University to walk the grounds and engage with young people about becoming Student and Young Adult members.

OSA’s First Vice President Scott Metzger, a soybean farmer from Ross County, spoke to “In Ohio Country Today” about OSA’s current projects and priorities. Visitors also got the chance to ask staff and board members about current issues affecting soybean farmers, like water quality and tariffs, and how OSA is working to advocate for Ohio’s soybean farmers at both the state and national levels.

“We’re very excited about the work OSA is doing and it’s always great when we have the chance to talk directly to Ohio’s farmers about our priorities,” said Kirk Merritt, executive director of OSA. “I’m proud of our staff and farmer board members for helping us reach a record for new members.”

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