Rural Ohio

Olilvia RinesmithOlivia Rinesmith has joined the Central Ohio Farm Bureau team as our membership and marketing intern. She is a junior at The Ohio State University studying agricultural communications and production agriculture. Her background in agriculture is very strong. Her family has been Madison County Farm Bureau members for many generations.

Growing up, Olivia was involved in 4-H and FFA where she raised lambs and held multiple leadership positions. She currently serves as the 2021-2022 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador and is a member of the Ohio State Livestock Judging Team. She is excited to begin this journey with Farm Bureau to improve and maintain membership while educating what this organization is all about.

Krista StradleyI’m Krista Stradley and I recently joined Central Ohio Farm Bureau as the marketing and media associate. I hold a business degree from The Ohio State University and a culinary degree from Alamance Community College in Graham, NC. My husband, Lee, and I have been married for 20 years, and we have two teenage sons and three cats. I enjoy hiking, cooking, beekeeping and reading in my spare time and am very excited about my future at Central Ohio Farm Bureaus.

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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