Frank Burkett III

Burkett re-elected Ohio Farm Bureau president

Frank Burkett III of Massillon has been re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which is the highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. He was re-elected by the organization’s board of trustees and confirmed by the delegates during the 102nd annual meeting.

Burkett has been on the state board since 2007 as District 9 trustee representing members from Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Stark counties. He spent two years as the Ohio Farm Bureau’s first vice president and previously served as treasurer. 

During his speech to open this year’s meeting, Burkett recapped the challenges agriculture faced in 2020 amid a global pandemic and emphasized how the work of farmers never wavered as they produced food, fuel and fiber for their communities, the country and the world throughout a difficult year.

He is a long-time member of Stark County Farm Bureau where he was a trustee, policy development chairman and farm tour chairman. He is a past board member for Ohio Dairy Producers Association and is a member of Rivertree Christian Church. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University with a major in agricultural systems management and a minor in agricultural economics.

Burkett, in partnership with three uncles, co-owns and manages Clardale Farms, Inc., a dairy and crop farm. He also co-owns Hills Supply in Canal Fulton, servicing over 850 customers in the dairy industry.

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Editors: A high-resolution photo of Mr. Burkett is available for download.