COLUMBUS – James W. (Bill) Patterson of Chesterland has been elected first vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He assumes the second highest elected office in the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization. OFBF’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.
Patterson has served as the organization’s treasurer since 2014. He joined OFBF’s board of trustees in 2011. He will continue as the District 4 trustee representing Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties. Patterson replaces Frank Burkett III of Massillon, who was elected president. The election took place following past president Steve Hirsch’s departure to stand for election to the board of directors of Nationwide.
Patterson and his wife, Mindy, farm with his family, raising apples, strawberries and peaches. They also have a farm market and a wholesale cider operation. They are the parents of two sons.
A 22-year member of Geauga County Farm Bureau, he served as its president and vice president. He is a member of the Farm Credit Mid-America board of directors and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association. 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 was formed in 1919 and represents the interests of Ohio’s food and farm community.
The Ohio Farm Bureau submitted this article.