For Immediate Release
Dec. 12, 2014
James W. (Bill) Patterson of Chesterland has been re-elected treasurer of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). His election took place during OFBF’s 96th annual meeting, Dec. 10 – 12 in Columbus.
Patterson holds the third-highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. This will be his first full one-year term as treasurer; he originally was elected to the office in an April 2014 special election.
He remains the state trustee for District 4 representing the members of Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties. He first joined the state board in 2011.
Patterson and his wife, Mindy, farm with Bill’s family, raising apples, strawberries and peaches. They also have a farm market and a wholesale cider operation. They are the parents of two sons.
A 21-year member of the Geauga County Farm Bureau, he served as its president and vice president. He is a member of the Farm Credit Mid-America board of directors and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association. Patterson received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. He also is a graduate of Ohio’s Leadership Education and Development Program – Class VII.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.
Contact: Joe Cornely
Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Patterson is available.