The bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Officers and trustees elected today include:
• President Frank Burkett III
• Vice President Bill Patterson
• Treasurer Cy Prettyman
• District 2 trustee Wade Smith: Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood Counties
• District 12 trustee Jesse Whinnery: Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking Counties
• District 16 trustee Matt Bell: Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry Counties
• District 21 trustee Wyatt Bates: Jackson/Vinton, Pike and Scioto Counties
• District 22 trustee Karin Bright: Athens/Meigs, Gallia and Lawrence Counties
• Northeast regional trustee Michael Boyert: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga,Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina,Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties
• Northwest regional trustee Rose Hartschuh: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot Counties
Boyert, of Seville, was re-elected to a regional trustee position that represents the interests of members in 20 northeast Ohio counties, including Huron County.
Boyert has been involved with Farm Bureau for 38 years, and has served in every board position for Medina County Farm Bureau. He also has been on Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy development committee and code of regulations committee.
He and his wife, Patti, have a row crop and cattle operation as well as a greenhouse and nursery that they operate with their children Jacob, Rebecca and Clayton. He and Patti were Ohio Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Couple and honored as Friends of Medina County 4-H. They conduct numerous farm tours for schools and the public, hosting up to 10,000 visitors per year.
Boyert serves on the Farm Credit Mid-America Advisory Committee and previously was on the Medina County OSU Extension Advisory Committee and Soil and Water Conservation District Advisory Committee. He is a member of AmericanHort and is an Ohio State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. The Boyerts attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and have six children.
As for the organization’s highest elected office, Burkett will embark on his third full term as president. He also was re-elected District 9 trustee, representing members from Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Stark counties.
Previously, Burkett served as Ohio Farm Bureau’s first vice president and treasurer and has been a board member since 2007.
A long-time member of the Stark County Farm Bureau, Burkett has served as trustee, policy development chairman and farm tour chairman. He is a past board member for the Ohio Dairy Producers Association and a member of Rivertree Christian Church. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University with a major in agricultural systems management and a minor in agricultural economics.
Burkett, in partnership with three uncles, co-owns and manages Clardale Farms, Inc., a dairy and crop farm. He recently became co-owner of Hills Supply, a well-known dairy supply company.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together with Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen the state’s communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.