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 2024, Hocking County had 381 members. 

Hocking County Farm Bureau is led by an elected board consisting of 8 trustees. Those currently serving as county board trustees are:

  • Stephanie Blackford – Washington Twp. – President
  • John Brenneman – Washington Twp. – Treasurer
  • Thelma Farmer – Falls Twp.
  • Julia Kitchen – Perry Twp. – Secretary
  • David Libben – Falls Twp.
  • Garry Meyer – Good Hope Twp. – Vice President
  • Larry Mosure – Washington Twp. 
  • John Walker – Falls Twp.

Hocking County currently has one open seat.

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 2023 county annual meeting: 

     State

    1. We support: Stronger enforcement of criminal trespass laws.
    2. We support: Legislation that would require sawmills to document purchases, as a means of tracking. Requiring an individual or a licensed forester to identify the location of the property where the timber is harvested through a legal contract with the property owner granting permission to harvest and sell the timber, prior to the processing of the timber, and provide those records to law enforcement upon request. 
    3. We oppose: Sawmills from having the ability to purchase logs from known timber thieves.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hocking County Farm Bureau, the dues are $100 per year, plus an optional donation of $6 for the AGGPAC fund, which supports better government. You can contact the Hocking County office at 740-474-6284.

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

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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
The plan we are on is great. It’s comparable to my previous job's plan, and we are a sole proprietor.
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Kevin Holy

Geauga County Farm Bureau

Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan
We work terrifically with the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau, hosting at least one to two outreach town hall events every year to educate new farmers and existing farmers on traditional CAUV and woodlands.
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David Thomas

Ashtabula County Auditor

CAUV: Past, present and future
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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
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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