Trustees have been elected for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, including those representing area counties.
Wade Smith of Whitehouse was elected District 2 trustee of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties. His election came during Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th annual meeting.
Previously he was the organization’s Northwest regional trustee, representing members in 24 northwest Ohio counties.
Smith, a 28-year member of Lucas County Farm Bureau, also has served on the state policy development committee and has been county vice president. He is a member of the Maumee Valley Growers Association. Smith has a controlled environment tomato operation in Whitehouse.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Smith has a bachelor’s degree in production operations/purchasing materials management and a master’s degree in industrial technology. He and his wife, Holly, have three children.
Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore has been elected Northwest Regional Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will help govern the state’s largest general farm organization and represent Farm Bureau members from 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.
Hartschuh has been active in Farm Bureau for 15 years having served as Crawford County Farm Bureau’s president, vice president, secretary and chairperson of the county fair and public policy committees. She served on Ohio Farm Bureau’s membership model and public policy committees.
She and her husband, Greg, served on the state Young Ag Professionals committee and were the American Farm Bureau 2018 Excellence In Agriculture award winners. The Hartschuhs farm with Greg’s parents, operating a dairy and raising grain crops, alfalfa and cover crops. They also own and operate an event space in a renovated barn. They are the parents of two young children.
Hartschuh is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in ag education. She previously worked as an ag teacher at Bellevue and Mohawk high schools. She is a 4-H advisor and past supervisor of the Soil and Water Conservation District. The Hartshuhs are members of Crossroads Community Church.