Buckeye Farm News
John Birney, Harrison County
John Birney has been a Harrison County Farm Bureau member since the 1960s and has a cow-calf cattle operation. His family bought the farm in 1948 and his two sons help him run the farm today.
Birney and his wife, Audrey, have been married since 1963 and have a daughter and eight grandchildren. He has been vice president of the county Farm Bureau, on its board and involved with membership and policy development for several years. He enjoys going to OFBF’s annual meeting where he sees old friends and meets new people. He also is a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and FFA alumni and has been a 4-H volunteer for years, serving as ringman at 4-H auctions. He is a graduate of Jewett High School.
Birney said Ohio Farm Bureau was a big help to farmers when the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District proposed assessment fees to help with maintenance of the conservancy district.
“Farm Bureau saved farmers a lot of money. If it weren’t for Farm Bureau, we wouldn’t have gotten that deal,” he said.
Rebecca Everman, communications executive assistant
Rebecca Everman provides clerical support to OFBF’s vice president of communications and senior director of marketing communications and associated staff. She maintains department documents, files and schedules and makes arrangements for meetings and coordinates programs with various departments. She also assists with special projects sponsored by the communications department and Our Ohio communications.
In the past two years she has coordinated deliveries of tons of cabbage and carrots gleaned from farms as part as OFBF’s Farmers Feed Our Needs activities. She recently prepared registration packets for OFBF’s Grow and Know event.
“Agriculture has been one of the biggest influences in my life, and every day I feel like I’m giving a little back to that community,” she said.