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Ron Warnock – Guernsey County
For the past 10 years, Ron Warnock has been a Guernsey County Farm Bureau member, serving the last two years as the county president. He and his wife, Vickie, help operate a 30-head cow-calf operation on a farm that Warnock’s father has owned since the 1950s. He has worked at the Coshocton Grain Elevator for nine years.
He has traveled to Washington, D.C. with Ohio Farm Bureau twice to see how the political process works.
“The value of an organization like Farm Bureau is that is constantly stays on top of legislators to get laws passed that help protect agriculture’s interest,” said Warnock, who has been part of OFBF’s membership and public policy teams.
Warnock is a graduate of Buckeye Trail High School and has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in business management. He attends Clearfork Baptist Church.
Warnock said State Issue 2, the growing deer population and membership are some of the biggest issues for the Guernsey County Farm Bureau this year.
“We’ve been working diligently on Issue 2, speaking to local civic groups, getting signs out and answering questions,” he said. “Since this is a rural area, I think we have more consumer understanding of the importance of agriculture.
Betsy Anderson – organization director for Belmont, Guernesey, Monroe and Noble Counties
For the past 25 years, Betsy Anderson has been a familiar face in eastern Ohio for Ohio Farm Bureau. She is an organization director, serving as a liaison between OFBF and Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties.
Previously, Anderson worked as a substitute teacher in vocational agriculture. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1980 and from Ohio State University four years later with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications and agriculture education.
Anderson and her husband, Charlie, have been married for 25 years and live in Quaker City on a farm in Guernsey County. They have a contract hog finishing operation with 1,000 head capacity. They have two sons, Austin, who is a junior at Buckeye Trail High School, and A.J., who is in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.
She attends Salesville Church of Faith, is treasurer of the Buckeye Trail Pigskin Group and is an active member of the Blue Star Mothers Chapter No. 12 and Buckeye Trail Athletic Boosters.
“I love the people I get to work with,” she said. “Farm Bureau members care about their communities, their county and what is going on around them. That’s not found everywhere. It makes a big difference when they become involved in a project.”