Steve Hirsch of Chillicothe has been elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He became the organization’s 23rd president during a special election by OFBF’s board of trustees April 5. He holds the highest elected office in the state’s largest farm organization.
Hirsch, 46, replaces Brent Porteus, who stepped down after three years as president in order to stand for election to the Nationwide board of trustees.
Hirsch has been OFBF’s first vice president for three years and has served on the board for 10 years as the trustee for District 15, which includes Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties. He will remain the district’s board representative. He is an 18-year member of Ross County Farm Bureau and served as its president and chairman of the membership, public policy and safety committees.
Hirsch farms with his father, brother and cousin producing apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and other crops. They also operate a retail farm market and a cider pressing facility.
He and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of three children.
Hirsch earned a degree in business administration from the University of Dayton. In addition to his Farm Bureau activities, he has been active with the Ohio Fruit Growers Society, the Direct Agricultural Marketing Association, the American Heart Association and his local Chamber of Commerce.
Ohio Farm Bureau began in 1919. The organization is a public policy and public opinion advocate for farmers, consumers and others in the food chain.