Hocking County Farm Bureau

The Hocking County Farm Bureau is the largest membership organization in Hocking County and is focused on all aspects of those working in the agricultural industry. Hocking County Farm Bureau was organized in 1920 and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1948.

Hocking County Farm Bureau is one of 86 county Farm Bureaus that make up the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. In 2021, Hocking County had 367 active members. Active members are identified as anyone whose livelihood depends on the agricultural industry. 

Hocking County Farm Bureau is led by an elected board consisting of nine trustees. Those currently serving as county board trustees are:

  • Stephanie Blackford – Washington Twp. – President
  • John Brenneman – Washington Twp. – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Thelma Farmer – Falls Twp.
  • Larry Kienzle- Marion Twp. – Vice President
  • David Libben – Falls Twp.
  • Garry Meyer – Good Hope Twp.
  • Larry Mosure – Washington Twp. 
  • Betty Shaw – Marion Twp.
  • John Walker – Falls Twp.

The mission of Farm Bureau is “Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.” The Hocking County Farm Bureau recently adopted the following policies during its 2021 county annual meeting: 

  • Increase and support local drug prevention initiatives justification. 
  • Encourage efforts to train and equip a work ready force with skills, knowledge, and abilities. Support Hocking College in their endeavors. 
  • Support landowner rights in the decision making process regarding oil/gas/energy development on their property.
  • Encourage universal rules on roundabout infrastructure size and use.
  • Work with the state to have a flashing light and a 50 mph zone installed at SR 33 and 374 at Rockbridge.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hocking County Farm Bureau, the dues are $79 per year, plus an optional donation of $5 for the AGGPAC fund, which supports better government. You can contact the Hocking County office at 740-474-6284.

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.
Mandy Way's avatar
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

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