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Lucille Hastings has two passions: farming and libraries. She and her now deceased husband, Jim, farmed for decades on their Ripley Township farm where she raises corn and soybeans. Hastings, who has two grown sons, is still active with Holmes County Farm Bureau and has been on several local and state Farm Bureau boards. She is currently on the Ohio Farmland Preservation Board and helps administer funds for agricultural easements under the Clean Ohio Fund.
In 2007 Hastings was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. She has been a member of the State Library Board since 1999 and served as president and vice president. In 2001 she received the national AARP Outstanding Service to Community Award. After vandals burned down her barn in 2000, she started Stop Barn Arsons in Holmes County and helped raise $30,000 to catch the vandal, who was never caught. She also is campaign treasurer for State Sen. Bob Gibbs.
“Farm Bureau is such an asset to the community,” she said.
For the past three years, Christy Montoya has been OFBF’s organization director for Butler, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren counties in southwest Ohio. Before coming to Ohio Farm Bureau, she was operations manager of Lucky Auction Company, Inc., and a substitute teacher for Bishop Leibold Schools.
She and her husband, Luciano, live in Farmersville where they raise goats and hogs on their 20-acre farm. She has been a licensed goat judge since 1997 and has judged at the county, state and national levels.
Montoya is a 1997 graduate of Ohio State University and has a bachelor’s degree in animal, dairy and poultry science. She is a long-time member of the American Dairy Goat Association and Montgomery County Livestock Board.