Wilmington, Ohio — Beth Ellis was elected the newest Clinton County Farm Bureau President at that 2013 Annual Meeting. Beth and her husband Matt Ellis have been Farm Bureau members since 1994 and farm in the Sabina area as well as operate Cherrybend Pheasant Farm.
Ellis feels that Farm Bureau is important because as our society has changed, farmers have experienced less trust and understanding from the very consumers that they strive to provide for. She feels as though Farm Bureau is the perfect catalyst to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers. Increasing dialogue and visibility of agriculture within the community are two key areas that she hopes she is able to bolster during her term as president.
As being part of a traditional farm family, her favorite part about farming is how the whole family unit is part of a team. Everyone pulls together and works together cohesively in order to keep the entire operation running smoothly. Ellis acknowledges that entire families working together are a rarity today, in any industry, and she feels blessed to be a part of it.
When asked about her concerns with the agriculture in general she noted that attrition of farmers and the absence of young farm families are discouraging because she worries that farms will only continue to grow in size but the actual number of farmers will continue to decrease.
Lastly, Ellis was asked to offer one sound bite of real world advice to any young farming today just starting out. She offered this, “Don’t spend money you don’t have, make the tough sacrifices early in your career and you won’t have to later.”