Rose Hartschuh

Rose Hartschuh didn’t grow up on a farm. But her children will.

On their dairy farm in Sycamore, Hartschuh is passing along her agricultural knowledge to her twin 9-year-old sons, sharing what she’s learned as a college student, dairy owner, county Farm Bureau member and now trustee of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Rose Hartschuh
Rose Hartschuh

Hartschuh credits the Darwin Bryan scholarship she received from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation for establishing her path. With the award, Hartschuh said, “The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation made college attainable to me. The belief that the foundation placed in me to succeed was a motivating factor to make the most out of my college career.”

While studying agricultural education at The Ohio State University, Hartschuh found both community and purpose. “I admired the camaraderie that existed within the industry, and I also appreciated the importance of feeding the world,” she said.

Degree in hand, Hartschuh was prepared to begin her career in agriculture, but her scholarship did more than educate her. It connected her, by prompting her to get involved with the Ohio Farm Bureau. After graduating and moving to another part of the state, the first thing Hartschuh did was join the county Farm Bureau board.

“It is the relationships I have formed with my peers, mentors and professionals in the industry that have continued to allow me to experience new opportunities and to grow as a person and as a professional,” she said. Today, she serves on the Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustees as the representative for the Northwest Region.

Hartschuh now passes along the support she’s gained from the Ohio Farm Bureau to her young sons. That spirit of paying it forward underlies her advice to the next generation: “Give back to your community and serve those around you. The rest will fall into place.”

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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