Kayla Richards

Kayla Richards of Bowling Green has been named district director for Ohio Farm Bureau, serving members in Hancock, Hardin, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties. Richards is leading a new pilot project that will test a unique combination of staffing and service delivery over eight counties instead of the typical four-county model.

In her new role, she will manage all employees in the eight-county region and serve as a liaison between the counties and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Previously, Richards was the organization director for Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood county Farm Bureaus. A native of Wood County, Richards was very active in 4-H, FFA and the county livestock judging team. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sciences. She and her husband, Levi, and their five children reside in Wood County, where they raise livestock. She serves as an advisor for a local 4-H club and is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ohiofarmbureau.org.

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or [email protected].

Editors: A high-resolution photo of Ms. Richards is available for download.

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

Advocacy
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