Witten expands role at Ohio Farm Bureau

Melinda Witten of Beverly has been named senior director, leadership development for Ohio Farm Bureau. She will manage the leadership development team that operates AgriPOWER, Young Ag Professionals, Youth Pathways, Ag Literacy programs, other leadership development activities and plans and manages events.

Witten interned with Farm Bureau while attending Ohio State University. Upon graduation in 2007, she joined the staff as an organization director serving farmers in three counties. She later served as field staff training specialist and then director of leadership programming. She and her husband, Scott, are a part of Witten Farms, a produce, farm market and greenhouse enterprise. They are active members of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. They are the parents of two children.

Witten’s newly created position is a part of OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s actions to realign staff teams and departments around key strategic plan areas of advocacy, membership, communications, financial strength, strategic partnerships and organizational excellence. The process began shortly after Sharp was named OFBF executive vice president in 2016. Witten will work in the newly created strategic partnerships department.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food membership organization. Its mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.

Editors: high resolution photo of Ms. Witten is available to accompany this story.

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