Fred Cooke is originally from Shelby and grew up on his family’s farm located outside of town. He received his high school diploma from Shelby High School. After high school, Fred attended The Ohio State University where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is married to Lynn Cooke. Together they have three kids and several grandchildren. Besides Farm Bureau, Fred has been extremely involved in the community. He has been active with Shelby Public Health, his church, Richland County Soil and Water Advisory Committee, and the Shelby FFA where he was the previous ag teacher.
What and where do you farm? I raise chickens and grain in the Shelby area. I was also the agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor at Shelby High School until 2003.
How long have you been a farmer? I have been a farmer my entire life.
Why did you decide to be a farmer? I decided to be a farmer because I was raised as a child into farming.
What do you love about farming? I love the freedom that farming brings.
Why do you think it is important to know where your food comes from? I think it is important to know where your food comes from so you appreciate the hard work put into your food.
Why are you active (the biggest benefit) in Farm Bureau? I am active to promote agriculture.
What is your favorite Farm Bureau event or activity? My favorite Farm Bureau event is the county fair.
What Farm Bureau programs are you most active in? I am active in all of the Farm Bureau programs.
What are your hobbies besides farming? Besides farming, I enjoy fishing and spending time with my grandchildren.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would like to travel all around the world and see everything.