Ohio Farm Bureau names Sharp executive vice president

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees today named Adam Sharp the organization’s new executive vice president effective July 18, 2016.

Sharp succeeds John C. “Jack” Fisher, who has served as executive vice president since 1996. Last October, Fisher made public his intention to retire from the organization.

Sharp has held several key positions at Ohio Farm Bureau since 2004. Currently, he serves as vice president of public policy, in which he oversees state and federal government relations; legislative and regulatory affairs; legal, animal and food issues; grassroots policy development and the organization’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).

Prior to joining Ohio Farm Bureau, Sharp held various policy and government relations roles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Farm Bureau Federation. He also served as a teaching assistant for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and as a radio producer for Agri-Broadcasting Network (ABN). Sharp graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 where he majored in agricultural communications with a minor in international economic and social development.

“Adam is one of the nation’s foremost policy experts in agriculture and has a deep understanding of the rapidly changing food and agriculture industry,” said OFBF President and chair of the search committee, Frank Burkett III. “We are confident that Adam will provide strong and collaborative leadership as the Ohio Farm Bureau moves toward an exciting future,” Burkett said.

As executive vice president, Sharp will serve as the chief executive of the statewide organization and lead efforts to advance its mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.

Sharp grew up working on his family’s farm in southern Ohio, which he now owns and operates with his brothers. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children and reside in Amanda.

Sharp’s appointment was the culmination of an 11-month search process led by a 10-member OFBF committee in partnership with executive search firm, BeecherHill.

Ohio Farm Bureau was formed in 1919 and represents the interests of Ohio’s food and farm community.

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.

Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Sharp is available to accompany this story.