Young Agricultural Professionals leaders named

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team: Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro, Andy and Danielle Burch of Salem, Brad Heimerl of Johnstown and Greg and Janet McGlinch of Versailles. As team members serving two year terms, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young people to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.

Nathan and Jennifer Brown are members of Highland County Farm Bureau, and Nathan serves as vice president. Both are active in county and statewide Farm Bureau activities. They operate a 900 acre grain farm along with an additional 400 acres of custom grain crops and hay. They also raise beef cattle. Jennifer is employed with the United State Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office. Nathan also serves as a township trustee. Both are active with their local church, Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Soybean Council.

Andy and Danielle Burch are active members of Columbiana County Farm Bureau. Danielle is currently a trustee on the county Farm Bureau board, and Andy has served that role in the past. Along with their family, Andy and Danielle operate Burch Dairy Farm, LLC which includes 100 milking cows and 250 acres of grain and hay. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Mount Union College, a master’s degree in teaching from St. Joseph’s University and is a licensed secondary social studies teacher. Andy serves as the assistant chief for the Winona Fire Department. Both are active with their local church and Young Farmer group.

Brad Heimerl is a member of Licking County Farm Bureau, where he serves as a county board trustee. He works full-time on his family’s farm where they raise grain crops, beef cattle, pigs and operate a trucking fleet. Heimerl holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wilmington College and serves as a reserve deputy sheriff for Licking County. He also is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute Class V and was the 2012 Young Agricultural Professionals Discussion Meet winner.

Greg and Janet McGlinch operate a grain farm with Greg’s parents where they raise hogs, chickens and eggs for local customers. Greg also is employed by the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District and Janet works at Honda of America. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State University, and Janet has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Wright State University and a master’s in industrial engineering from Purdue University. Both have been very active in Darke County Farm Bureau, Greg as a board member, and both have participated in various Ohio Farm Bureau activities. Greg was also the 2012 Young Agricultural Professionals Excellence in Agriculture award winner.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and married couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To get involved contact Melinda Witten at

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