Welcome to Richland 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 Richland County Farm Bureau’s board president, Luke Wittmer who lives on the farm where he grew up. He attended Lexington High School and graduated in 2001. He married Brittney Aug. 25, 2012 and they have three children, Addelynn, 6; Lucas, 4; and Lane, 3. Luke’s family grows corn, soybeans, wheat and hay in west central Richland County and northern Morrow County.
How long have you been a farmer and was your family in farming? I have been working on our family farm for 16 years. I am a 4th generation farmer and have been since I graduated from high school. Our family moved to Mansfield in 1913 from Paulding, Ohio where they bought a farm in the middle of Clear Fork Reservoir. When the City of Mansfield completed construction of the reservoir in 1949 they bought the farm we currently live on, on Marion Ave.
Why did you decide to be a farmer? I wanted to keep our family farm continued for another generation.
What do you love about farming? I chose to farm because I enjoy the challenges, hard work and dedication it takes to be a successful farmer. In addition I wanted to give my children the opportunity to become 5th generation farmers if they so choose.
Why do you think it is important to know where your food comes from? Knowing where your food comes from bridges the gap between farm and table. By improving the relationship people have with food can help improve the way people eat and their overall health.
What is the biggest challenge facing agriculture? I believe water quality could become more of an issue if actions are not taken to help farmers stay compliant with the current rules and regulations.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? What do you see as the biggest benefit? The biggest benefit I see is the opportunity to have your voice heard on important issues such as water quality and CAUV at the local and state level and the farm bill, tax reform, and trade on the federal.
Why are you active in Farm Bureau? To represent farmers, landowners and whomever else that has an issue I can help with.
What Farm Bureau programs are you most active in? Serving as the current president, I typically help out with most of our programs and events.
What are your hobbies besides farming? I do not have any hobbies other than working and spending time with my family.
Stay tuned to meet more of your county Farm Bureau Trustees!