ZANESVILLE — Andrea Kackley has been named organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau in Morgan, Muskingum, Perry, and Washington counties. She will work with the county Farm Bureaus to address issues important to members and their communities.
Kackley is a native of Guernsey County where she participated in 4-H and FFA. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agribusiness and applied economics. While at Ohio State, she was an undergrad research assistant with the Farm Income Enhancement Program. Prior to joining the Farm Bureau, Kackley was a legal analyst for Kohrman, Jackson, and Krantz. She is a member of the Columbus Young Professionals Club and Mt. Zion Church.
A typical day at her new post consists of on the job training and getting up to speed with current agricultural situations. This includes facilitating programs in the four counties she services and organizing the many well established volunteer projects in the counties.
“All the counties have great programs already running. It is my job to see that these efforts continue to grow,” explained Kackley.
Another primary concern everyday she hits the office is to insure that agriculture has a voice in the many issues facing Ohio today. From the opioid epidemic now raging through rural areas to agricultural runoff affecting water quality in Ohio’s rivers and lakes, Kackley’s role is to identify how these concerns impact a farmer’s ability to earn a living.
Another aspect under her job description is to encourage membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau. For $79 a year, individuals within her four county areas can enroll their family farm in the Ohio Farm Bureau. The Ohio Farm Bureau office is located at 1625 Sharon Avenue A in Zanesville. Kackley can be reached at 740-452-2356.