Buckeye Farm News
Gary Weck, Van Wert County
At one point in his life, Gary Weck worked three jobs: at General Electric, for his excavation company and on the farm.
“Farming was always my favorite so we expanded,” said Weck, who has a fourth-generation wheat, soybean and corn operation in Van Wert County.
Weck and his wife, Barbara, have been married 42 years and have four grown children and eight grandchildren. He has been president of the Van Wert County Farm Bureau and active with membership drives and communications. He was on the Vantage Vocational School Board for 13 years. He also has been active with the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District for 22 years and is one of the directors of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
“Being on SWCD helps me bring to light an issue with Farm Bureau,” he said.
Jennifer Baldwin, program assistant in OFBF’s public policy department
“I admire the dedication and passion Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau employees have in advocating for agriculture, which became overwhelmingly evident during the 2009 Issue 2 campaign. It was great to be involved with such an important issue.”
Jennifer Baldwin began working in the state office of Ohio Farm Bureau 10 years ago and worked for the Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers and in OFBF’s business services and agricultural ecology department. Since 2006 she has been program assistant in the public policy department and provides graphic design/desktop publishing services and Web site services for the department as well as administrative support for state and national lobbying.
Baldwin graduated from Ohio Dominican College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and minors in biology, chemistry and visual communications. She lives in Galloway with her husband Mike and their daughter Alexis. She is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna and enjoys home decorating, scrapbooking and exercising.