Frank Burkett III of Massillon has been re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which is the highest elected office in Ohio’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. He was re-elected by OFBF’s board of trustees and confirmed by the delegates during the group’s 98th annual meeting held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Columbus.
This is his first full term as president. He originally became president during a special election this past April. He spent two years as the group’s first vice president and previously served as treasurer. He has been on the state board since 2007 as District 9 trustee representing members from Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Stark counties.
During his speech to the delegates, Burkett emphasized the grassroots nature of the organization and complimented his fellow members for their efforts in public policy and community outreach.
Burkett is a long-time member of the Stark County Farm Bureau where he was a trustee, policy development chairman and farm tour chairman. He is a past board member for Ohio Dairy Producers Association and is a member of Rivertree Christian Church. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University with a major in agricultural systems management and a minor in agricultural economics.
Burkett, in partnership with three uncles, co-owns and manages Clardale Farms, Inc., a dairy and crop farm.
The mission of Ohio Farm Bureau is to build a partnership between farmers and consumers. To learn more, visit ofbf.org.
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Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Burkett is available to accompany this story.