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Levi and Krysti Morrow own Rocky Knob Farms along the Muskingum River outside of McConnelsville, Ohio. Rocky Knob Farms is a commercial sheep farm raising Katahdin hair sheep for meat production. Hair sheep have been bred to shed their hair instead of needing to be shorn like traditional wool sheep breeds. The Katahdin breed specifically has good parasite resistance and does well in a grazing-based system which the Morrows are working toward using year-round.
Out of Rocky Knob Farms, they launched Rocky Knob Meats in 2022. They sell retail cuts and mixed boxes of their beef and lamb to customers across Ohio and the nation. They ship grass-fed, grain-finished meats direct to customers’ doorsteps. Many have known them in the past from their pumpkin and strawberry patch. They thoroughly enjoyed those u-pick seasons getting to know customers, but now they have scaled them back and raise their two young sons, Charlie and Noah.
“Being a member of the Farm Bureau has been valuable for our farm since we began in 2016. Involvement on the county board of trustees has revealed the true need and desire for strong agricultural relationships with all our elected officials at the local, state, and national levels. Some recent topics and legislation that Farm Bureau has worked on that specifically impacted our farm included the successful passage of the Agritourism Law protecting farms from legal ramifications that may result in the public being on your property for education purposes, as well as the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program that is taking effect this year. We encourage all members of the community to join and be involved in Farm Bureau whether you work in agriculture or not because farming and food production impact everyone not just farmers.”
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.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.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.Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.Young Ag Professionals program
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.Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Krysti Morrow of McConnelsville is serving on the 2023 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee.Read More
Krysti Morrow of McConnelsville recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class XII.Read More