December 3, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Brent Porteus of Coshocton has been re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He holds the highest elected office in the state’s largest general farm organization. The election took place during OFBF’s 92nd annual meeting held Dec. 1 to 3 in Columbus.
Porteus is a 35-year member of Farm Bureau. He first joined the state board in 2002, and has served as the board’s treasurer and first vice president.
This will be Porteus’ third one-year term as president. He will lead OFBF’s 26-member board of family farmers as it guides the organization’s public policy, issues management, communications and member services activities.
In his annual presidential address to the delegates, Porteus encouraged members to share the word that Farm Bureau isn’t the faceless corporate entity often portrayed by the media. “Farm Bureau is in fact the collective voice of 60,000 family farmers,” he said.
Porteus also told delegates that as agriculture faces growing questions from the public, it is up to Farm Bureau to provide agricultural unity. “Farm Bureau is the only place where agriculture’s special interests can come together to act in the entire industry’s best interests,” he said.
He also thanked members for the opportunity to serve.
Porteus farms with his father, brother and daughters producing crops and beef cattle. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. He is a past president of Ohio Corn Growers Association and past chairman of Ohio Corn Marketing Program. He served four years as chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s Public Policy Action Team. Porteus is involved with the River View School Board, 4-H, FFA Alumni and the Presbyterian Church of Coshocton.