James W. (Bill) Patterson of Chesterland has been re-elected first vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He holds the second highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization.
This will be his first full one-year term after taking office in a special election this past April. Patterson previously served as the organization’s treasurer. He joined OFBF’s board of trustees in 2011. He will continue as the District 4 Trustee representing Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.
Patterson and his wife, Mindy, farm with his 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 22-year member of the Geauga County Farm Bureau, he served as its president and vice president. He is a member of 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. To learn more about the organization, visit ofbf.org.
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. Patterson is available to accompany this story.