Buckeye Farm News
Paul Davidson, Licking County
For almost 35 years, Paul Davidson has been a Licking County Farm Bureau member. He grew up on a farm and grows hay part-time and also rents out some land. He does excavation work for Layton Services in Newark.
Davidson joined Farm Bureau when he was 19 and has been president of the county Farm Bureau for the past five years.
He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics/rural sociology. He said that as a farmer, some of his immediate concerns are about proposed changes to the farm bill and the push by the Humane Society of the United States to create a meat-free society.
“Farm Bureau is a place for people to voice their opinions and then provides the opportunity for those opinions to be moved up the channels to legislators,” he said.
Dan Rapp, senior director of business development
Dan Rapp got his start at Ohio Farm Bureau in 1990 as an organization director in Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties. He has also been a regional supervisor and presently is senior director of business development, which involves working with OFBF’s affinity partners such as Grainger and Medical Mutual of Ohio. Before starting at Farm Bureau, Rapp worked as a manager of a Bob Evans restaurant.
Rapp still helps out on the beef cattle farm that he grew up on near Sandusky. He, his wife Melissa and son Matthew live in Canal Winchester. He has been active in the PTO.
Rapp has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in organization development from Bowling Green State University.
“I’m always looking for opportunities to bring benefit values to Farm Bureau members,” he said.