Steve Hirsch of Chillicothe was re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) during the organization’s 97th annual meeting Dec. 2-4. Hirsch holds the highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. He is the 23rd president of OFBF, which was founded in 1919.
Hirsch also is District 15 trustee, representing members in Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties. He began his Farm Bureau career 22 years ago and has served on OFBF’s state board since 2001.
The Hirsch family farm dates back to 1890 and today is run by Steve, his father and his brother. They produce apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and other crops and operate an on-farm and an off-farm retail market and a cider making facility. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children.
Frank Burkett III of Massillon has been re-elected first vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) as well as District 9 trustee. He holds the second highest elected office in Ohio’s largest and most inclusive farm organization.
As District 9 trustee, Burkett represents members from Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Stark counties. Burkett is a long-time member of the Stark County Farm Bureau where he was a board trustee, policy development chairman and farm tour chairman. He is a past board member for Ohio Dairy Producers Association and is a member of Rivertree Christian Church. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University with a major in agricultural systems management and a minor in agricultural economics.
James W. (Bill) Patterson of Chesterland was re-elected treasurer. He holds the third-highest elected office and first joined the OFBF board in 2011. Patterson also was re-elected state trustee for District 4 where he represents members in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties. He is a 22-year member of Geauga County Farm Bureau and has served as its president and vice president.
Bill Myers of Oregon was elected District 2 trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members from Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties.
Wyatt Bates of Wheelersburg has been elected District 21 trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). Bates will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members from Jackson, Pike, Scioto and Vinton counties.
Paul Davidson of Newark will continue as a trustee and represents the interests of Farm Bureau members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.
Matt Bell of Zanesville has been elected to the board of trustees. He will represent the members of District 16, which includes Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry counties.
Michael Boyert of Seville was elected to a three-year term as Northeast regional trustee. Boyert will represent members in 20 northeast Ohio counties.
Karin Bright of Athens has been re-elected District 22 trustee. She will represent Farm Bureau members in Athens, Gallia, Lawrence and Meigs counties.
Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington has been re-elected to the board of trustees. As a state trustee, he will represent the members of District 7, which includes Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties.
Wade Smith of Whitehouse was elected Northwest regional trustee. Smith will represent the interests of members in 24 northwest Ohio counties.