For Immediate Release
Dec. 12, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) -Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. Brad Heimerl of Johnstown was elected co-chair. Liz Funderburgh of North Lewisburg was elected secretary.
The team develops and directs programming, activities and contests for OFBF’s program for young adults who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.
Other team members are Greg and Janet McGlinch of Versailles, Terri Specht of Chickasaw, Andy and Danielle Burch of Salem, Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mount Vernon, Matt and Liz Funderburgh of North Lewisburg and Karl Wedemeyer of La Rue.
Nathan and Jennifer are members of Highland County Farm Bureau, and Nathan serves as president and Jennifer as county Young Ag Professionals chair. Both are active in the county and state Farm Bureau. They operate a grain farm, do custom farming and have a cow/calf operation. Jennifer is employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office. Nathan also serves as a township trustee. Both are active with their local church, Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Soybean Council and were named 2013 Ohio Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmers.
Heimerl is a member of Licking County Farm Bureau, where he recently served as a county board trustee. He works full-time on his family’s farm where they raise pigs, grain crops, beef cattle and operate a trucking fleet. Heimerl holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wilmington College and serves as a reserve deputy sheriff for Licking County. He also was the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet winner.
Funderburgh and her husband Matt are members of Union County Farm Bureau, where Liz serves as board treasurer and organization action team leader. They have 800 acres of corn and soybeans and operate a 1,200 head swine nursery. They also sell seed for Pioneer. Off the farm, Liz is a loan officer for Farm Credit Mid-America.
The OFBF Young Ag Professionals program is open to individuals and married couples between the ages of 18-35. To learn more, visit ofbf.org and click on “get involved.”
CONTACT: Joe Cornely
PHONE: (614) 246-8230
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