Michael A. Bumgarner has been named vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) new Center for Food and Animal Issues.
The Center was created in May to engage farmers, consumers and others who have connections to animals in a public dialog over the proper role of animals in society, and to advance their shared values.
Bumgarner joins Ohio Farm Bureau after a long career with United Producers, Inc. (UPI). He has served in leadership roles with the National Institute of Animal Agriculture, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Livestock Marketing Association, Ohio Livestock Coalition and Ohio Farm Animal Care Commision and the Five State Beef Initiative. He received a master’s degree in agriculture from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University. Bumgarner and his wife, Leslie, live on a family farm in Mechanicsburg and are the parents of two grown children.
As vice president of the Center for Food and Animal Issues, Bumgarner will be responsible for its policy, communications and outreach efforts. He also will oversee a subsidiary of the Center, the Animals for Life Foundation, which will focus on fundraising efforts to support the Center’s mission.