Welcome to Marion County Farm Bureau’s 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, Tim Wood. Tim is originally from Marion County and graduated from Pleasant and Tri-Rivers. He is married with five children. He is a manager with M&W Farm Supply. Tim is a Marion County Fair director and a retired volunteer fire fighter. Get to know Tim better by reading the interview below.
Meet Tim Wood
What do you farm?
I farm corn and soybeans in the county.
How long have you or your family been in farming?
I have been farming and working in retail agribusiness for 38 years.
Why did you decide to work in agriculture?
I have found working with the farm community is a great career because of the people I get to work with.
What do you love about farming?
I love the challenge of competing with Mother Nature to grow a crop.
From where do you get the motivation to do what you are doing?
The great farm families I work with make my job easier.
Why do you think it is important to know where your food comes from?
There are too many generations that are removed from the farm, so they do not know where their food comes from besides the grocery store. It is essential for people to learn about their food coming from the farm, so they are more connected to it.
What is the biggest challenge facing agriculture?
The biggest challenge is being told to feed the world, and when we do it, not being adequately paid for it.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? What do you see as the biggest benefit?
Farm Bureau gives farmers a voice in Columbus and in Washington, D.C.
If someone was interested in farming, what would you tell them?
I would tell them it takes a lot of money combined with tremendous risk.
What is your favorite Farm Bureau event or activity?
My favorite event is the Farmers Care Breakfast.
Life Outside of Farm Bureau
If you could go anywhere…
I would go back to Switzerland. I was there in high school, and it is a beautiful and friendly country.
What are your hobbies besides farming?
I do a lot with the fair.
You are happiest when?
I am happiest when I see a crowd enjoying a fair event.