Welcome to Crawford County Farm Bureau’s first trustee spotlight! Every month, we will feature spotlight blogs on board members so you can get to know them a little better.
Our first spotlight blog features Crawford County Farm Bureau’s board president, Rose Hartschuh. Rose is originally from Bladensburg, Ohio and graduated from East Knox High School. She obtained an agricultural education degree from Ohio State University. Rose is married to Greg and they have adorable twin boys Dwight and Jordan (they’re now 4!) To learn more about Rose, read her interview below.
Besides Farm Bureau, how are you active in the community (church/civic groups/school/etc.)? I am active with the Crossroads Community Church, serve as a 4-H volunteer, and am on the county Soil and Water Board of Supervisors
What and where do you farm?
My husband, Greg, and I farm with his family in northwestern Crawford County, near Lykens. We have a dairy and grain farm. We milk around 160 registered Holstein cows and farm corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Most of our crops are used for feed for our animals, but we also sell our excess grain and hay.
How long have you been a farmer and was your family in farming?
I grew up in the country, but my parents did not farm. It was through my involvement in 4-H and FFA that I really became interested in agriculture. I attended hio State University, where I majored in agricultural education. It was there that I met my husband. Farming is in his blood. Now, it’s in mine, too. I couldn’t imagine raising our kids anywhere else!
What do you love about farming?
There’s something special about seeing a small seed go into the ground and watching it grow through all seasons. Each season on the farm brings different sights, sounds and smells. The success of a farmer depends on so many factors outside of his control, but at the end of the day, his faith and farm are intertwined. There’s no career like farming!
What is the biggest challenge facing agriculture?
There are tons of challenges facing agriculture. Perhaps the biggest is the disconnect between today’s consumers and the farmers who raise their food. For farming to remain viable for future generations, we must look for opportunities to engage consumers in genuine conversations.
Why are you active in Farm Bureau?
I remember going to community council meetings with my parents at an early age. Even then, I realized that Farm Bureau was a group that got things done. Today, I’m proud to be part of an organization that gives back to the community, serves as a voice for agriculture at all levels, and provides members with benefits they couldn’t achieve on their own.
What do you see as the biggest benefit of being a Farm Bureau member?
Farm Bureau is a voice for all aspects of agriculture. When you meet with legislators, and they know you’re a part of Farm Bureau, you have instant credibility. Farm Bureau allows farmers to accomplish together what they can’t do on their own.
What Farm Bureau programs are you most active in?
I am most active in Young Ag Professionals, County Fair programming, and statewide events and activities.
What are your hobbies besides farming?
My hobbies are camping and spending time outdoors.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Australia. I have a goal to travel to all seven continents. So far, I’ve been to South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Australia would help me round out that list!
Stay tuned to meet more of your county Farm Bureau Trustees!