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Richard Shelton, Adams County
Richard Shelton has been an Adams County Farm Bureau member for 50 years and a trustee for most of that time.
“Seems like I can’t get out of it. I’ve been president, vice president ... come to think of it, I’m vice president now,” he laughed. “I joined Farm Bureau because I thought it was a good organization; it was there for the farmer.”
Shelton is retired from farming and from working at a farm equipment dealership. He raised corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle for years until he sold most of the farm. He still raises about 1 ½ acres of burley tobacco. He and his wife Wanda have been married 52 years and have five children and 16 grandchildren. He said he and his wife worked hard to put their children through college. All of his children live within five miles, and he is visited daily by the grandchildren.
Shelton is a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Seaman and has been on the board of the town’s fall festival “forever.”
“I work some every day and do a lot of work with the children and grandchildren,” he said. “I’m trying to slow down a little. Gosh, I’m 73 years old.”
Dale Arnold, director of OFBF’s Energy Services and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
Dale Arnold has been working for Ohio Farm Bureau since 1985 and has been an organization director and regional supervisor. Today he is director of two different areas: Energy Services and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
As director of Energy Services, Arnold works with Farm Bureau leaders to create effective energy policy on local, state and national levels, as well as establish programs that help farm, small business and residential energy consumers control their energy costs. He represents members on a variety of energy use advisory boards and commissions organized by government, utilities, industry and consumer groups. For Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Arnold conducts Community Grantsmanship workshops, helping service groups sharpen their grant writing skills. He helps develop the Foundation’s Agriculture Action & Awareness Grant Program, which supports agricultural education, environmental research and economic development projects and has helped create two new Foundation scholarship programs.
Before starting at OFBF, he taught communications at DeSales High School in Columbus. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio Dominican University.
Arnold is a native of Danville in Knox County where his family can trace its involvement in Ohio agriculture back to the 1820s. He has been a coach and referee with the American Youth Soccer Association and has been active with Boy Scouts and St. Francis de Sales Church and Newark Catholic High School in Newark. He and his wife, Lori, have been married for 27 years and have three children.