Local fruit farmer still a leader
Steve Hirsch of Chillicothe and Ross County has been re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
He holds the highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. His election took place during the 94th annual meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau, held Nov. 28 – 30 in Columbus.
As the 15th District trustee, Hirsch also represents Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties.
He is a 19-year member of Ross County Farm Bureau and served as its president and chairman of the membership, public policy and safety committees.
During his president’s address to the annual meeting delegates, Hirsch spoke about the value of membership in Farm Bureau and the opportunity for the organization to help connect farmers with the consuming public. He cited nutrient management’s impact on water quality as a key issue to be addressed.
Hirsch farms with his father, brother and cousin producing apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and other crops. They also operate a retail farm market and a cider pressing facility.
He and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of three children.
Hirsch earned a degree in business administration from the University of Dayton. He has been active with the Ohio Fruit Growers Society, the Direct Agricultural Marketing Association, the American Heart Association and his local Chamber of Commerce.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. To learn more about the organization, visit OFBF.org.