Butler County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting was hosted Sept. 8, 2022 at the Princeton Road Campus. President Tim Hesselbrock welcomed everyone to the 102nd annual meeting. President Hesselbrock introduced Nancy Feakes for the invocation. Following the invocation, dinner was served with catering provided by Shoelaces Catering. The Promotion & Education Committee conducted a silent auction with the proceeds going to the education fund. Members enjoyed an evening socializing with and were joined by several public officials from the county. 

Several people were recognized during the night. Kathy Carmack presented the 2022 Friend of Ag award to Harold Baxter, retired Butler County auditor. Carmack  presented the 2022 Sarah James Outstanding Volunteer award to Lynn Eisele for her many years of service to BCFB. President Tim Hesselbrock introduced OFBF Trustee Lane Osswald. He spoke on Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and their projects such as ExploreAg Camps. He touched on the state policy priorities for the year and encouraged members to get out and vote during the upcoming election. Discussion was held.

Organization Director Christy Montoya conducted a search for the oldest Farm Bureau member in the room who was June Niederman. She was given a FB sign for her years of loyal membership. Montoya also recognized the scholarship winner and donors who were present. She recognized the county board trustees and how many years of service each has on the board. A presentation was made to Kelli Gerber and Russ Beckner as they were not seeking re-election to the board. During this time, Cathy Minges was honored for her 23.5 years of service as the county office administrator to the Butler County Farm Bureau. 

Kathy Carmack was elected as board president and Barbie Casey elected as vice president for the 2022-23 term. Congratulations to Kathy Carmack, Joe Conrad, Jake Schulte, and new trustee RoseMary Beeler.  

Thank you to all the members who attended this fantastic event and for those who donated and purchased silent auction items.

Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau, was not able to attend the meeting in person, but shared his remarks via video.

 

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
Bethany Starlin's avatar
Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
Jenna Gregorich's avatar
Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton 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.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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.
Matt Aultman's avatar
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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