The Allen County Farm Bureau wants to encourage members to get familiar with their board and members, so we are going to kick off some blogs by introducing our board president! The Allen County board president is Jim Hefner and we asked him a few questions about agriculture and Farm Bureau to help our members get to know him a little better.
Q. What does agriculture mean to you?
A. Besides the obvious of providing food, fiber, and now fuel to the world, I believe that an agricultural life is one of the best if not the best occupations in which to live and raise a family and to appreciate God’s creation.
Q. What influenced your career in agriculture?
A. I was born on the farm and grew up working with my grandpa, dad, uncles and cousins from the beginning, and then through FFA, Young Farmers and being around other farmers and learning from them.
Q. What is your favorite part about being involved in Farm Bureau?
A. Meeting and interacting with others in agriculture from different parts of the state and even the country and seeing what all we have in common and what different concerns and issues they have.
Q. What is your fondest memory from the Farm Bureau?
A. My wife and I have been in a Farm Bureau advisory council since the early 1980s. Besides meeting once a month year-round, every summer we take a trip together. Of those, the trips to Lake Cumberland, Ky. and the houseboat.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation of agriculturalists?
A. Agriculture has changed. We are becoming less in numbers but no less in importance. It will be up to the next generation to make sure that we continue to educate the rest of the population about the importance of agriculture.
Thank you for all your hard work for Farm Bureau, Jim!