Buckeye Farm News
Roger Rhude, Warren County
Since 1944, Roger Rhude has lived on a farm and had an Angus cow-calf operation until about six years ago when he sold off the herd. Today, he and his wife, Karen, continue to raise hay on their 35 acres in Warren County.
Rhude is retired from the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Industry and worked on disease eradication and control. He has been a county Farm Bureau member since the 1950s and has been very active as the county president, policy development chair, delegate to OFBF’s annual meeting and attended AFBF meetings “just to see what went on there.” He is a member of the Warren County Fair Board, Clearcreek Zoning Commission and regional Warren County Planning Board. He was an Army paratrooper from 1954-56.
“The U.S. would not be as prosperous as it is today if it weren’t for agriculture,” he said.
Karen Lotus, multimedia specialist
As Ohio Farm Bureau’s multimedia specialist, Karen Lotus works in the communications department to help develop OFBF’s Web sites, e-newsletters, CDs/DVDs and conference media presentations. She also creates, transfers to other formats, duplicates and keeps track of a lot of media in the state office.
Lotus updates the Our Ohio Web site daily and works to improve and maintain the Web site. She focuses on the visual and technical aspects of the Web site. She also designs and sends the Our Ohio and Teachers Lounge e-newsletters and created template design for The Toolbox, an e-newsletter which will provide resources for the livestock care ballot campaign.
A recent project she worked on was creating the “I am Farm Bureau” photographic slideshow that was presented at farmers’ share breakfasts.