Buckeye Farm News
Karen Debolt, Delaware County
Karen Debolt has been a Delaware County Farm Bureau member for about four decades and actively involved for most of those years. She started the farm fun tent at the Delaware County Fair 15 years ago and worked on the farmer’s share breakfast and women’s committee for years.
She was born and raised in Delaware County and her family goes back 150 years in Wayne County. She used to have a dairy farm but it is now a grain farm and her son, Brad, and her husband David work on it. Debolt has run the combine for almost 40 years and also operates the tractor and cultivator. “Farm women were among the first to do women’s lib,” said Debolt.
She just retired as director for the Hartford Fair Board. She is very active at Galena United Methodist Church and is campaign chairman for the new church. “My life goal is to get it paid off,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for Farm Bureau, we wouldn’t have a CAUV tax, and we wouldn’t be able to farm in our area because it’s mostly development ground,” she said.
Nick Kennedy, organization director for Columbiana, Portage, Stark and Summit counties.
Nick Kennedy got his start at Ohio Farm Bureau as an intern while he was an Ohio State University student. He worked for the Young Farmer, Youth, Technology, Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Ag Ecology Department. He also was a teaching assistant for the agriculture education department.
Kennedy is now in his fifth year as an organization director for Columbiana, Portage, Stark and Summit counties.
“Helping to plan all the different events with my volunteers makes me enjoy my job no matter how stressful or difficult it gets,” he said.
Kennedy has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education with a minor in human development and family science.