Welcome to Hancock County Farm Bureau’s member spotlight blog! Every month, Hancock County Farm Bureau will feature a spotlight blog on a board member so you can get to know him or her a little better.

Our monthly spotlight blog features Hancock County Farm Bureau’s board trustee, Randy Boes, who is originally from Arcadia. Randy graduated from Arcadia High School and a bachelor’s degree in business. He is married with four children. 

Meet Randy Boes

What and where do you farm (or work for an agribusiness)?

I farm grain between Fostoria and Findlay. 

How long have you been a farmer?

All my life. 

Why did you decide to be a farmer?

It is in my blood.

What do you love about farming?

The challenges of trying new ideas and practices. 

Why do you think it is important to know where your food comes from?

For health and safety reasons.

What is the biggest challenge facing agriculture?

The non-farming influences, algae and GMOs.

Life Outside of Farm Bureau

What are your hobbies?

I like to fly around and look at crops.

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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