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Pleased to Feed You, the Rauch Family

Our family: Jamey, Jody, Kendra, Evan, Joshua (Not pictured: daughter Katie is attending Texas A & M)

Hometown: Little Hocking, Washington County

How we met: We both attended OSU Agricultural Technical Institute, Jamey majored in beef production and Jody began in floral design and ended up in greenhouse management.

Farm Bureau member since: 1990

We raise: Beef cattle, corn, soybeans, small grains (wheat, spelts and barley) and hay.

Hardest chores: Grinding and moving feed; keeping the kids on task. Favorite tool: The kids like the Gator (ATV) because they can drive it. Jody likes the electric fencer (the box that transfers the electric current) because when it works, the cows stay in. Jamey likes the Leatherman tool (a multipurpose tool that has a knife, scissors, screwdriver, etc.).

Motivation: We do a business analysis every January and those numbers are our strong motivation. Also, all of the things we can accomplish together.

Why we farm: It is the love of what we do every day; it sure isn’t the money.

Washington County is known for: Marietta – Ohio’s first settlement. Besides the county fair, the big celebration is the Sternwheeler Festival held annually on the first full weekend in September.

Why Farm Bureau? We are members because as an agricultural community, our voices are stronger together. And we like the social aspect of membership.

Our biggest challenge: Where we live because our neighbors don’t understand what we do, why we do it, and our markets are so far away from us.

For fun: We spend time with family and friends at our cabin in the woods below the barn that we built from scrap lumber and building supplies. Vacations in the West Virginia mountains are annual family events also.

The biggest misconception about farming that we’ve heard: Farmers aren’t as intelligent as white collar businessmen and women. Also, the farm bill just benefits farmers.

The funniest thing that we have seen on the farm: Are you kidding? We see funny things every day. There was a 12-point buck in one of our empty feedlots. The various antics of the kids and/or animals are always funny.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.