Mercer County Spotlight Member Lisa Kahlig says when she thinks of agriculture, “I love the family roots it has, to me the words farming and family are tied hand and hand.”
Lisa grew up on a small grain farm in Maria Stein, Ohio. Now, she and husband, Doug, live on his family’s farm near Coldwater, with their daughter, Hannah. They work with Doug’s family to raise grain, cattle and pigs. She continues working in agriculture off the farm as well, as a swine service representative for Coopers.
Lisa currently serves on the county board as the secretary, and as the membership and communications chair. She got her start with the Mercer County Farm Bureau, while working at a previous job. In that position she worked on various events with the counties’ Organization Director, Jill Smith. From that partnership, she became more involved as a individual.
Lisa discussed some of the challenges our organization faces, along with the agriculture industry:
Why is being a Farm Bureau member important?
Lisa: I believe that it is important to be involved in Farm Bureau because we are the only group going into the political arena with the best interest of the farmer as their sole priority.
What is the biggest priority for you as a part of your county board?
Lisa: I feel like we need to bring on new and emerging young farmers. The opportunities provided through Farm Bureau for those starting out in agriculture through our organization are many and I feel that by getting more involved, young farmers need to learn it is okay to invite people to their farm and tell their story along with getting involved in the political aspects of farming.
What is the biggest challenge agriculture is facing right now?
Lisa: Our biggest obstacle is “consumer ignorance.” Today there is a disconnect between the consumer and the farm and that disconnect has caused the consumer to turn to inaccurate marketing campaigns as their source of education on where/how their food comes from.
Additionally, I have found that being a woman in agriculture is a challenge as well. You just have to learn to roll with the punches and stick your ground. It takes a little longer to earn the respect, but ultimately I’ve found if you prove yourself with what you know, the respect will follow.
Why do you enjoy farming?
Lisa: To me there is no better place to raise a family than on a farm. I love the family roots it has, the words farming and family are tied hand in hand. I love the sense of accomplishment in planting a crop, watching it grow, praying for the rain to stop, praying for it to finally rain, harvesting it and knowing that you are making a contribution to the world.
Thank you Lisa for your dedication and we are excited to have you involved!