Jerry Lahmers of Newcomerstown has been re-elected to the board of trustees for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. During his third three-year term, he will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members from Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. His election took place during Ohio Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting held Dec. 4-5 in Columbus.

Lahmers and his wife, Rita, and son, Melvin, raise cow-calf pairs, operate a feedlot and raise grain, hay and pasture. He is a retired food animal veterinarian. He attended Ohio University and received his doctor of veterinary medicine from Ohio State University.

Lahmers is a 43-year member of Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau and has served as president and public policy chairman and as a member of the membership committee. Along with his Farm Bureau work, Lahmers has been active with the regional planning commission, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio State University Extension advisory committee, local committees on farmland preservation, land use planning, zoning and development and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. Other civic activities include the Newcomerstown School Board and Buckeye JVS board. The Lahmers, who have two adult children, are members of St. Paul’s UCC of Port Washington.

As a trustee, Lahmers joins 25 other farmers who help govern the state’s most influential and inclusive farm and food organization. 

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231.

Editors: A high-resolution photo of Mr. Lahmers is available to accompany this story.

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