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Pleased to Feed You, the Vernon Family

Our family: Pictured, left to right, Bobbi, Brielle (7), Bryce (11) and Rob. A little one is due Jan. 13. Rob is an Adams Township trustee. Bobbi works part-time as a radiographer for Genesis Healthcare Systems.

Why are you a Farm Bureau member? We believe in the value of agriculture to our society and that farms need to be supported.

Farm history: We both came from farm backgrounds, yet we began farming on our own with the purchase of a 90-acre farm in 1990 and now own a little over 600 acres. We raise corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, 50 beef cows and nine horses.

Why we farm: Farming is not what we do, it is who we are. There is something inside of us that just wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.

Hardest chore: Square baling hay.

Your motivation: Providing a stable life for our children in a rewarding environment, and seeing the fruits of our labor.

Community involvement: Adamsville Progressive Council, PTO, 4-H, baseball coach, Farm Bureau Rowdy Ranchers Advisory Council.

Achievements:
2001 Ohio Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farm Couple. We also feel it is an achievement for us to have started farming from scratch and to have grown the operation into a successful business.

Our county is known for? Take your pick – Y-Bridge, John Glenn, Zane Grey, Longaberger Baskets. Rob’s favorite is that the whitetail deer in this county have such large antlers!

Our biggest challenge: Planting and harvesting in a timely fashion because of the numerous small fields and the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio.

Our future: For now, we would expand if/when the opportunity presents itself. Future expansion of our operation will depend on if any of our children choose to join us in farming.

Lynn Snyder 

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