James W. (Bill) Patterson of Chesterland has been re-elected first vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He holds the second highest elected office in the state’s largest general farm organization. This is his second full term.
Previously, Patterson served as Ohio Farm Bureau’s treasurer. In 2011 he joined the organization’s board of trustees and will continue as the District 4 Trustee representing Farm Bureau members in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties. His re-election took place Dec. 8 during Ohio Farm Bureau’s 99th annual meeting.
Patterson farms with his family, raising apples, strawberries and peaches, and also has a farm market and a wholesale cider operation. He has two sons.
A 25-year member of the Geauga County Farm Bureau, he served as its president and vice president. He is a member of the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association. Patterson received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. He also is a graduate of Ohio’s Leadership Education and Development Program – Class VII.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen the state’s communities. The organization helps its members engage in policy and communications activities to improve their communities and provides a wide range of member benefits. To learn more, visit ofbf.org.
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