OSCEOLA COUNTY\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Approximately 60 farmer members of the Osceola County Farm Bureau gathered at the 2014 county annual meeting on Sept. 29 at the Evart Free Methodist Church in Evart to take action on issues important to Osceola County farmers. Jamie Clover Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and\u00a0Rural Development was the speaker. She talked to the members about the importance\u00a0of agriculture to the economy of Michigan. There are many grants available for ag\u00a0businesses and career opportunities for young people. She also encouraged farmers to\u00a0have a MAEAP technician come to their farm to see if they want to be MAEAP verified.\u00a0MAEAP helps the farmer implement sound agricultural practices and reduce the risk of\u00a0legal and environmental issues. Pat Kailing chairman of the Policy Development Committee and his members:\u00a0Amy Martin, L. D. Hesselink, Jerry Lindquist and Ben Eisenga presented resolutions\u00a0dealing with many issues facing farmers: alternative fuels, water use, farm equipment\u00a0on roads, country of origin labeling, pesticide regulations and roads. In addition to setting its own policy agenda for the coming year, the Osceola\u00a0County Farm Bureau\u2019s 2014 Annual Meeting was a chance to recognize the 27\u00a0members who had belonged to the organization for 50 years or more. Betsy White and\u00a0her late husband Paul joined Farm Bureau on Jan. 6, 1945. Betsy is the only member\u00a0left of the original members who helped start the organization in 1945. She received a\u00a0certificate of appreciation for belonging 69 years. \u201cWe appreciate their dedicated service\u00a0to local agriculture,\u201d said Jess Erler, president of the Osceola County Farm Bureau. Several local farmers were elected to the board of directors: District 1 \u2013 Mark Norman District 3 \u2013 Scott Boyd Directors-at-large \u2013 Jess Erler, Roxie Erler In other news, Sarah Emington of Reed City was recognized as the 2014 college scholarship\u00a0award winner. Erler presented her with a certificate. Sarah is attending Ferris\u00a0State University seeking a degree in elementary education.