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Bill Patterson of Chesterland has been re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the highest elected office in Ohio’s largest and most influential farm and food organization. His election took place during Ohio Farm Bureau’s 105th annual meeting, Dec. 7-8 in Columbus.
Patterson, a member of Ohio Farm Bureau’s state board since 2011, previously served terms as both OFBF’s first vice president and treasurer. He is a 28-year member of the Geauga County Farm Bureau and will continue to serve as the District 4 trustee representing Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.
Patterson farms with his family, raising apples, strawberries, peaches and producing maple syrup. The agritourism operation includes a farm market, bakery, fall fun fest, Pick-Your-Own apples and strawberries and a wedding venue. They also wholesale apple cider throughout northeast Ohio. Bill and his wife, Kristin, together have four children.
Patterson received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. He also is a graduate of Ohio’s Leadership Education and Development Program – Class VII.
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 Mr. Patterson is available for download.
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