Sharp named new OFBF exec

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After an 11-month long search, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees named Adam Sharp the organization’s new executive vice president effective July 18, 2016.Sharp said his new role will be all about serving Farm Bureau members.“Members, that is who we are and what we do. We serve our members. We have terrific Farm Bureau members across the state in every county. I count so many of them as friends. There are people who I have known for a long time,” he said. “I grew up in the Farm Bureau. My family was a part of an advisory council when I was young. I believe in our members, I believe in our people. I am dedicated to what we do. I believe in our mission and I believe in our values. That is why I wanted to put my name in the ring for this position. That is why I am so proud to be named in this job. It is a great organization now and I see a lot of opportunities to make it a better organization in the future. I am very excited to be a part of that.”Sharp has held several key positions at Ohio Farm Bureau since 2004. Currently, he serves as vice president of public policy, in which he oversees state and federal government relations; legislative and regulatory affairs; legal, animal and food issues; grassroots policy development and the organization’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).Prior to joining Ohio Farm Bureau, Sharp held various policy and government relations roles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Farm Bureau Federation. He also served as a teaching assistant for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and as a radio producer for Agri-Broadcasting Network (ABN). Sharp graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 where he majored in agricultural communications with a minor in international economic and social development.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Sharp shortly after the announcement TuesdayOFBF EVP Adam SharpSharp succeeds John C. “Jack” Fisher, who has served as executive vice president since 1996. Last October, Fisher made public his intention to retire from the organization.“Adam is one of the nation’s foremost policy experts in agriculture and has a deep understanding of the rapidly changing food and agriculture industry,” said Frank Burkett III, OFBF President and chair of the search committee. “We are confident that Adam will provide strong and collaborative leadership as the Ohio Farm Bureau moves toward an exciting future.”As executive vice president, Sharp will serve as the chief executive of the statewide organization and lead efforts to advance its mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.Sharp grew up working on his family’s farm in southern Ohio, which he now owns and operates with his brothers. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children and reside in Amanda.Sharp’s appointment was the culmination of an 11-month search process led by a 10-member OFBF committee in partnership with executive search firm, BeecherHill.last_img

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