We would like to take the time on Tuesdays to introduce you to our trustees! While our trustees are busy with their jobs and families, they still manage to find time to do great work for Farm Bureau and we appreciate all that they continue to do for their respective county! We value these members and their many hours contributed to making Farm Bureau great!
This week we would like to introduce you to Katrina Swinehart.
Where did you grow up?
- I grew up in Lancaster, Ohio.
How long have you been a Farm Bureau member?
- I have been a Farm Bureau member for the past eight years or so.
How long have you been a trustee?
- I am new to the board this year.
What is your agriculture background?
- I grew up with a family that was engaged in agriculture. I have had family members engaged in all different aspects of the agriculture industry, from horses to crops. When I was 12 we began raising livestock at our house for different purposes, one of which was exhibition at the county fair. Over the years we raised sheep, rabbits, cattle and goats. I was a 10 year 4-H member in Fairfield County, and a five year FFA member at Fairfield Union High School. I earned honors such as the State FFA Degree, American FFA Degree, Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Winner in Food and Nutrition, served as the 2005 Fairfield County Junior Fair Queen, 2006 Fairfield County Lamb and Wool Queen, and 2007 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen. When I entered college I knew I wanted to work in agriculture, and I loved working with people; therefore, Agricultural and Extension Education was a natural fit. I graduated from Ohio State in 2011 with my bachelor’s degree and 2013 with my master’s degree in Agricultural Education. I have been working with students interested in agriculture ever since; serving as a high school teacher for five years.
What is your current job title?
- I am currently the assistant professor of Agricultural Education at Central State University.
What activities have you participated in with Farm Bureau?
- I have attended the Greene County Annual Meeting, Young Ag Professionals Conference, and am currently working on a Farm Bureau grant with Greene County establishing a Career Task Force to provide career education to students in local schools.
What is one interesting fact about yourself?
- All of my siblings, and myself, have studied agricultural education with the goal of teaching in the high school classroom. One of my sisters is still in college and plans to teach agriculture when she graduates.