Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association elects officers

Staff report

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) Board of Directors elected officers for 2016 during their December meeting. Executive committee positions include the offices of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Those elected to an officer position are responsible for the implementation of board policies and procedures, as well as carrying out the roles for their respective office.

Chad Kemp, a corn, soybean and wheat farmer from Preble County, was re-elected to serve a second term as the OCWGA president. He has held various leadership roles in the association including vice-president and secretary. Kemp is also a graduate of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)/Syngenta Leadership At Its Best Program. He farms with his family near Lewisburg, Ohio.

Fifth generation Fayette County farmer Jed Bower was re-elected as OCWGA vice-president. In addition to growing corn and soybeans near Washington Court House, Bower is very involved in NCGA as a Public Policy Action Team member and is a former Fayette County Farm Bureau President.

Patty Mann will continue her term as the OCWGA secretary. Mann farms with her family in Shelby County where they grow corn and soybeans. In addition to her work on the OCWGA board, she has been a part of the Shelby County FSA County Committee, the Jackson Center FFA Advisory committee and FFA Boosters. Mann also serves as the chair for the Grower Services Action Team for the NCGA.

Fairfield County farmer, Jon Miller will serve a second year as OCWGA treasurer. Miller is a grain farmer from Pleasantville that currently has 3 generations of the Miller family involved in the day to day operations. He has completed the DuPont Leadership New Century Farmers program and the NCGA/Syngenta Leadership At Its Best Program. Miller is also a member of the NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team.

As the past president, Brent Hostetler will remain on the officer team as chairman. Hostetler is a corn, soybean and wheat farmer from Union County. He operates Hostetler farms with his father near Plain City, Ohio. In addition to his work with OCWGA, he is a chair of the NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team and a past Madison County Farm Bureau president.

Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability and houses two checkoffs and one membership-based organization. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is a membership organization advocating for supportive public policy on behalf of its farmer members. For more information, visit ohiocornandwheat.org.

Staff report