Buckeye Farm News
Doug Hafer, Marion County
Doug Hafer is a seventh generation farmer in Marion County. He works full-time with his father and uncle, raising corn, soybeans and wheat.
Hafer has been a Marion County Farm Bureau member since 1994. He has been on the county board since joining Farm Bureau and has been president and secretary. He currently is the communications chair and has been actively involved in the Young Farmers program. In 2002 he was a Discussion Meet finalist.
Hafer and his wife, Shelly, have three daughters, ages 14, 8 and 5. He also is a member of the county port authority board.
“No matter what your operation is, there is always a legislative matter that Farm Bureau touches on that can benefit you. Farm Bureau benefits everybody, whether you’re a farmer or associate member,” he said.
Allen Gahler, organization director for Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties
As an organization director for four northwest Ohio counties, Allen Gahler likes doing what he can to keep agriculture viable in the state.
“I enjoy the public policy side of my work … anything I can do for the betterment of agriculture,” he said. “As a whole, agriculture would be struggling without groups like Farm Bureau. Without a common voice, whether it’s counteracting the animal rights or green movement, which doesn’t want us using herbicides, we would fall so far behind in agriculture and not be able to get the world fed.”
Gahler started his current position in September of 2007. Prior to that, he was an Ohio State University Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Fairfield County for five years. He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in ag education from Ohio State University.
Gahler and his wife Susie live in Ottawa County where he helps run the third-generation family farm with his father, brothers and cousin. They raise grain, hay and registered Angus cattle.
He is a 4-H adviser, superintendent of the Junior Fair Beef Committee and has served on various committees of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and as secretary of the Ohio Angus Association.