For Immediate Release
Dec. 12, 2014
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has re-elected Steve Hirsch of Chillicothe as its president, which is the highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. Hirsch first became president in April, 2011. His re-election took place during the 96th annual meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau, held Dec. 10-12 in Columbus.
During his annual address, Hirsch thanked the delegates for the opportunity to serve. He talked about Farm Bureau’s continuing mission to help farmers help themselves, spoke about the important community-building activities of the organization and congratulated his fellow members on their policy accomplishments of the past year.
Along with his duties as president, Hirsch also serves as District 15 trustee, representing members in Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties. He has served on OFBF’s state board since 2001.
Hirsch began his Farm Bureau career with the Ross County organization 21 years ago. He served as its president and chaired numerous committees including membership, public policy and safety.
The Hirsch family farm includes Steve, his father and brother. They produce apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and other crops and operate an on-farm and an off-farm retail markets and a cider making facility. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children. He is a University of Dayton graduate with a degree in business administration.
Other organizations he has been active in include the Ohio Fruit Growers Society, the Direct Agricultural Marketing Association, the American Heart Association and his local Chamber of Commerce.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. Nearly 80 percent of the farmers in Ohio are members. Hirsch is the 23rd president of the organization, which was founded in 1919.
Contact: Joe Cornely
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Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Hirsch is available.