Wade Smith of Whitehouse was elected District 2 trustee of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest general farm organization. He will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties. His election came during Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th annual meeting.

Previously he was the organization’s Northwest regional trustee, representing members in 24 northwest Ohio counties.

Smith, a 28-year member of Lucas County Farm Bureau, also has served on the state policy development committee and has been county vice president. He is a member of the Maumee Valley Growers Association. Smith has a controlled environment tomato operation in Whitehouse.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Smith has a bachelor’s degree in production operations/purchasing materials management and a master’s degree in industrial technology. He and his wife, Holly, have three children.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together with Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen the state’s communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.

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