COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eight Ohio Farm Bureau members were elected or re-elected to the state board of trustees during the organization’s 103rd annual meeting Dec. 9-10, 2021, in Columbus.
Bill Myers of Oregon was elected District 2 trustee, representing Farm Bureau members from Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties. Myers is a 24-year member of Lucas County Farm Bureau and has served as president, annual meeting delegate and public policy chairman. He also participated in AgriPOWER Class I.
Myers and his wife, Saletta, have two children. He farms with his brother, Bob, and his son and daughter. The farm produces corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. He is president of the Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association and a member of CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg. He is a 1979 graduate of Clay High School in Oregon.
Danielle Burch of Salem has been re-elected District 9 trustee, representing Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Stark counties.
Burch operates a 250-acre freezer beef and pork operation in Salem. She previously served as president of Columbiana County Farm Bureau and was a member of the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee from 2013-2016. Burch served on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee in 2019, the organization’s Code Committee in 2020 and is also a graduate of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Communications Boot Camp.
She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history at the University of Mount Union in Alliance and master’s degree in education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Burch currently teaches at United Local High School in Hanoverton.
Kyle Walls of Mount Vernon has been elected District 12 trustee, representing Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.
Walls, along with his wife, Ashton, have built and manage a herd of cow-calf Mexican Corriente cattle, which are primarily used for competitive rodeo events. They also raise laying hens for egg production. The Walls were the Young Agricultural Professionals Excellence in Agriculture winners in Ohio in 2019 and were Top 10 finalists in the American Farm Bureau national competition.
He is currently with AgReliant Genetics as a distribution strategy specialist for their Eastern U.S. markets. He is a member of Knox County Farm Bureau and has previously served as co-chair for the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee. Walls is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a business management degree.
Matt Bell of Zanesville has been elected to his third term on the board of trustees. Bell represents the members of District 16, which includes Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry counties. He raises row crops, hogs and cattle on a six- generation farm.
Bell is a 26-year member of Muskingum County Farm Bureau, having served as its president, vice president, secretary and member of the public policy action team and the membership campaign committee. He is a member of the United Producers board and is a former member of the Ohio Corn Growers and Ohio Corn Marketing Program boards.
Bell attended Ohio State University and Zane State College and graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER leadership institute.
Wyatt Bates of Wheelersburg has been re-elected District 21 trustee, representing the interests of Farm Bureau members from Jackson, Pike, Scioto and Vinton counties.
Bates is an 18-year member of Scioto County Farm Bureau, having served as its president, treasurer and policy development chairman, as well as being involved in membership and many other activities. Bates, who received an associate’s degree from Shawnee State University, is a real estate agent and beekeeper.
Karin Bright of Athens was re-elected trustee for a third full term. As District 22 trustee, she will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members in Athens, Gallia, Lawrence and Meigs counties.
Bright, who grows corn, wheat and soybeans on her family farm, has served on Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee, statewide dues task force, ag education advisory committee and membership model task force. A member of the Athens-Meigs County Farm Bureau for more than 16 years, she has served as communications action team leader, membership co-chairperson and Ag Day coordinator.
She attended Hocking College and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in marketing. Bright spent 16 years working in retail management and training. She is president of the Athens County Food Pantry, works with Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Alexander FFA Alumni, and Athens First Christian Church.
Michael Boyert of Seville was re-elected Northeast regional trustee. He will represent the interests of members in 20 northeast Ohio counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne.
Boyert has been involved with Farm Bureau for 41 years and has served in every board position for Medina County Farm Bureau. He also has been on Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy development committee and code of regulations committee.
He has a row crop and cattle operation as well as a greenhouse and nursery that he operates with his family. He and his wife, Patti, were Ohio Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Couple and honored as Friends of Medina County 4-H. They conduct numerous farm tours for schools and the public, hosting up to 10,000 visitors per year.
Boyert was recently nominated to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Board. He also serves on the Farm Credit Mid-America Advisory Committee and previously was on the Medina County OSU Extension Advisory Committee and Soil and Water Conservation District Advisory Committee. He is a member of AmericanHort and is an Ohio State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. The Boyerts attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and have six children.
Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore has been re-elected Northwest regional trustee, representing Farm Bureau members from Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties.
Hartschuh has been active in Farm Bureau for 18 years having previously served as Crawford County Farm Bureau’s president, vice president, secretary and chairperson of the county fair and public policy committees. She has served on Ohio Farm Bureau’s membership model and public policy committees. She and her husband, Greg, served on the state Young Agricultural Professionals committee and were the American Farm Bureau 2018 Excellence In Agriculture award winners. The Hartschuhs, along with their twin 8-year-old sons, farm with Greg’s parents, operating a dairy and raising grain crops, alfalfa and cover crops. They also raise a flock of 150 black-faced ewes in an indoor system.
Hartschuh is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in ag education. She previously worked as an ag teacher at Bellevue and Mohawk high schools. She is a 4-H advisor and past supervisor of the Soil and Water Conservation District. In 2021, Hartschuh was appointed to the Ohio Exposition Commission.
Twenty-six farmers on the Farm Bureau board govern the state’s largest farm and food organization. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ohiofarmbureau.org.
— Ohio Farm Bureau Federation