J. Michael Townsley

Townsley honored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) has announced that J. Michael Townsley, president of Bob Evans Foods, is the honoree for the organization’s 2011 Golf Invitational. A special recognition program will be held in conjunction with the event Monday, June 27 at the Lakes Golf and Country Club, Westerville, Ohio.

“Mike has been an industry leader in livestock and food production,” Foundation President Jack Fisher said. “Throughout his career he has helped farmers, businesses and consumers address a variety of issues concerning animal husbandry, food safety, product quality and service.”

Townsley joined Bob Evans Farms, Inc. in 2003 as president and chief operating officer of Owens Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Prior to joining Bob Evans Farms, Inc., he was senior vice president of sales and marketing, for Premium Standard Farms in Kansas City.  Premium Standard Farms was the largest fully integrated pork company in the country, with annual sales of $700 million. His prior experience includes three years at Smithfield Foods of Smithfield, Va., and 11 years with IBP, Inc. of Dakota City, Neb.

Townsley is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.  He has dedicated his professional career to the improvement of the meat industry as well as animal agriculture and was honored in 2007 by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences by receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award.  Townsley currently serves on the board of directors for the American Meat Institute and the Animals for Life Foundation. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the National Pork Producers Council, as well as the Colorado Beef Board.

Townsley provides leadership to Bob Evans Farms’ philanthropic support for agriculture with involvement in 4-H, FFA and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University. Similar support is given to community service organizations, including the Heart Fund, Ohio Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Arthritis Foundation, Light Foundation and Easter Seals.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 public charitable organization that supports agricultural education, economic development and environmental initiatives benefiting Ohio communities. The organization’s annual Golf Invitational honors leaders in science, business and community service whose careers and accomplishments personify Foundation objectives. Proceeds of the event are used to support the organization’s Community Grantsmanship and scholarship programs.For more information on the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.ofbfoundation.org.


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Editors: A high-resolution photo of Mr. Townsley is available to accompany this story.To download, go to www.ofbf.org, click on Media and Publications, News Room and this release.