COLUMBUS, Ohio — Seven of Ohio Farm Bureau’s trustees were elected during the organization’s 102nd annual meeting. The organizations’s 26 trustees help govern Ohio’s largest general farm and food organization.
Adele Flynn of Wellington has been re-elected District 3 trustee. She will represent members from Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.
She and her husband, Eric, farm full time. Along with their three children, they have a cow-calf operation, raising freezer beef, show calves and breeding stock. The Flynns also farm approximately 1,100 acres of cash grains with Adele’s family.
She is a 4-H advisor and serves on the board of directors for Centerra Co-op and as the chairwoman of the Center for Food Innovation @ Oberlin.
Roger Baker of Wooster has been re-elected District 8 trustee for a fourth three-year term representing Farm Bureau members from Ashland, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.
A 30-year member of Wayne County Farm Bureau, Baker has served as a county board trustee and chairman of the public policy committee and is a past vice president of the board. In 2001, he was an OFBF Discussion Meet finalist and participated in a trade mission to Europe in 2000. Baker is involved with other local agricultural leadership roles and community groups.
Baker graduated from Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute with an associate’s degree in agricultural business and agronomy. He and his wife, Diane, are parents of a daughter, and they raise hay and row crops and have a small beef cow herd.
Katherine Harrison of Canal Winchester was re-elected District 11 trustee. This is her fourth, three-year term, representing members from Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties.
Harrison is the owner of Harrison Farm, where she raises sheep, goats and chickens. Harrison Farm provides agritourism opportunities for visitors from the metropolitan area, offers educational internships for students and serves as a farm incubator for young agriculturalists.
A 19-year member of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, Harrison has been a past president and is active in its public policy work. She is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER leadership development program and was a McCloy Fellow. Harrison received a bachelor’s degree in history and world religions from the University of Richmond.
Matt Aultman of Versailles has been elected to his first three-year term on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board of trustees representing Farm Bureau members in Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties.
Aultman and his wife, Morgan, along with their two children, Sophia and William, raise row crops, hay, produce, mums, cut flowers, Nigerian Dwarf goats, chickens, and Californian, New Zealand, Rex and Mini Rex rabbits. A lifelong Darke County Farm Bureau member, he has served on the county Farm Bureau board for the past 12 years.
Aultman works off the farm as a county commissioner and as a feed nutritionist at Treaty Mills, LLC. He also helps his grandfather, Larry, and father, David, with their daily farm operations. Aultman attended Edison State Community College to study business and machine engineering. He sits on many boards, including the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County, Wayne HealthCare Foundation, Darke County Economic Development, Darke County Visitors Bureau and the American Red Cross.
Al Miller of Marietta was re-elected to his fifth term as District 17 trustee, representing Farm Bureau members in Belmont, Monroe, Noble and Washington counties.
Miller is a 37-year member of the Washington County Farm Bureau where he has served as president and as a board member. He also has chaired the membership, policy and safety committees and has been involved with county farmland preservation efforts.
He and his wife, Jean, own a commercial cow-calf farm where they also produce hay.
Lane Osswald of Eldorado was re-elected to his fourth, three-year term, representing District 18 Farm Bureau members from Butler, Hamilton, Montgomery and Preble counties.
Osswald and his wife, Bambi, have four children and farm with his father and brothers, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and vegetables and providing custom farming services. The Ohio State University graduate is a licensed commercial pesticide applicator and an experienced crop advisor for many local clients. He has been a member of Preble County Farm Bureau for 22 years, serving as president and has been active on the membership, policy and communications committees. Osswald is currently serving as vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. He also has been involved with OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals program and the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.
In addition to Farm Bureau activities, Osswald served six years as the chair of the Preble County Planning Commission and currently serves on the Ohio State University Extension Advisory Committee. He has been a Preble County Pork Festival volunteer for over 35 years and is a member of Ware’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Jenny Cox of Dresden has been re-elected southeast regional trustee representing Farm Bureau members from 24 counties.
Cox and her husband, Jared, own Cox Seed Sales, selling Pioneer Hi-Bred International seed as well as crop insurance and Pivot Bio. They also own and operate a family farm, where they raise corn, soybeans and wheat in Muskingum and Coshocton counties.
A 23-year member of Muskingum County Farm Bureau, she currently serves on the Ohio Farm Bureau Organization Committee, New Ventures Committee and is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER leadership development institute.
Cox received her bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from the Ohio State University and her master’s degree in education from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. She is a member of Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers and Ohio Soybean Association, the Mid-East Career and Technology Center board and previously was an English/language arts teacher at Tri-Valley High School.
The Coxes are the parents of two sons.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.
— Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
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