Meet Preble County Trustee Paul Hays

Paul Hays has been a Farm Bureau member for 20 years and has served on the Preble County board of trustees for several of them. His hope is “to see future generations be able to keep up the fight. Agriculture and the tech involved with it is changing at breakneck speed. Along with this comes new challenges and issues to be addressed. Also, pressure from outside sources such as solar, wind, and development. I believe agriculture will always be around in some form but definitely needs to have a presence in the discussions surrounding the issues. Farm Bureau has undergone a number of changes over the years to adapt and maintain a presence. I hope this presence can continue well into the future.”

Hays grew up in a Farm Bureau family so it could be said that being a Farm Bureau member is a Hays family tradition. A couple years after becoming a member himself, he was approached about joining the board, and has been involved in various ways over the years. Paul believes having a voice at the state and national levels for agriculture is very valuable, and the fight to maintain CAUV is a major benefit to members.

Hays farms full time and operates an ag transportation enterprise. His family farm is an Ohio Bicentennial Farm that has been in the family since 1812, and he is somewhere around the 8th generation to be involved in farming it. Paul’s roots run deep. 

Thank you for your support of Preble County agriculture, Paul!

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
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.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

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.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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.
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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

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