Jerry Lahmers of Newcomerstown has been elected District 13 trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He will serve on the 26 member board, governing the state’s most influential farm organization. Lahmers will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members from Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. Lahmers will fill the board seat previously held by Kim Davis of Carrollton who retired after nine years service as a trustee.
Lahmers and his wife, Rita, and son, Melvin, raise cow-calf pairs, operate a feedlot and raise grain, hay and pasture. He is a retired food animal veterinarian. He attended Ohio University and received his DVM from Ohio State University.
Lahmers is is a 40-year member of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau and has served as president and public policy chairman and as a member of the membership committee. Along with his Farm Bureau work, Lahmers has been active with the regional planning commission, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the OSU Extension advisory committee, local committees on farmland preservation, land use planning, zoning and development and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. Other civic activities include the Newcomerstown School Board and the Buckeye JVS board. The Lahmers, who are parents of two adult children, are members of St. Paul’s UCC of Port Washington.
Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. Its mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. Lahmers’ election took place Dec. 6 during the organization’s 95th annual meeting in Columbus.