Welcome to Marion County Farm Bureau’s (MCFB) member spotlight blog! Every month, Marion County will feature spotlight blogs on board members and new members so you can get to know them a little better.
Our monthly spotlight blog features Marion County Farm Bureau’s board trustee vice president and incoming president, Karl Wedemeyer. Karl is originally from LaRue and graduated from Elgin High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Ohio State University. Karl raises 72 acres of corn and 150 dairy cows on his local farm. He is looking forward to being president of the Marion County Farm Bureau so he can help lead the organization. To learn more about Karl, read his interview below.
Meet Karl Wedemeyer
How long have you or your family been in farming?
My family has been farming here since 1991. I started farming when I graduated from college in 2009.
Why did you decide to be a farmer?
I wanted to be a farmer because I liked the idea of working with my family and supporting myself.
What do you love about farming?
I love being my own boss and working with my family.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? What do you see as the biggest benefit?
I’m a Farm Bureau member because of the benefits they offer, especially representing me on issues that are important to agriculture in Columbus and Washington, D.C. I really support the community service they do, and the efforts to help make Marion County a better place to live.
If someone was interested in farming, what advice would you give?
I would tell them to make sure they know their numbers. In the end, it is a business, and it is essential to be successful.
What is your favorite Farm Bureau event or activity?
I like going to Columbus to represent the interests and needs of farmers. Also, I was rather amused being in Nashville for the Young Farmers and Ranchers conference during the ice storm.
Life Outside of Farm Bureau
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
The Greek islands, because they are beautiful, and I enjoy the beach.
You are happiest when?
Everything has went well on the farm.
Thank you Karl for sharing. We are happy to have you on the board.