Todd, Pat and Greg Raines

Pleased to Feed You, the Raines Family

Our family: Pat and Brenda and their sons Todd and Greg operate Raines Farms. Todd’s wife is Melanie and their children are McKayla and Ty. Greg’s wife is Tami and their children are David and Elizabeth.

Why we farm:  We enjoy the outdoors and the pleasure of seeing our accomplishments. Farming is something kids can be involved in, too.

How long have you been Farm Bureau members? Our family has been members for as long as we can remember.

We raise: Corn, soybeans, tobacco, hay and Angus beef cattle. We also have a flower/greenhouse business.

Hardest chore: Harvesting tobacco. It is all done by hand. We raise 90 acres and each acre takes 250 man hours from planting to harvest.

Your motivation:  If you enjoy what you do it’s easy to stay motivated. We enjoy what we do.

Favorite tool: Our Kubota ATVs. They’re used daily to check cows and do chores around the farm. They’re also used to go hunting or fishing and if they’re idle one of the grandkids will be riding it.

Community involvement: Pat is director of the board of Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation. He is also a member of the Burley Co-op board of directors. Todd is a director on the Ohio Beef Council. Greg is involved with the Cincinnati Flower Growers Association and also is part of the Philip Morris Tobacco Growers board.

Achievements: The family received the 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Pat was Ohio Young Farmer of the Year in 1986, through the Ohio Young Farmers Foundation. Todd was a National FFA proficiency winner in farmstead improvement in 1987. Greg was a member of the national winning 4-H livestock judging team.

Why are you a Farm Bureau member? We believe in the political action the association is involved with and it gives us a voice of representation.

Our biggest challenge: Killing mare’s tail, a weed that grows in soybeans.

Do you have a fun hobby? We enjoy hunting and fishing. The kids enjoy showing pigs and cattle at the fairs.

A Raines family favorite recipe from their farm
Aunt Janet’s Meatballs

1½ pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup cracker meal

2 bottles catsup (14-oz. each)
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1¼ cups sugar
1 teaspoon tabasco sauce (optional)
½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
½ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons dry mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder

Heat sauce and simmer. Brown meatballs and add to sauce. This can be put in crockpot or cooked on stove. Sauce is good for ribs also or, if in a rush, you can use frozen meatballs.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.