COLUMBUS -- Brent Porteus of Coshocton has been elected as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). This is the highest elected office in the state's largest general farm organization.

Elected as OFBF's 22nd president, Porteus fills the office vacated by Bob Peterson of Sabina, who stepped down after four and a half years at the helm of the organization.

Porteus has served as OFBF's treasurer and most recently as the organization's first vice president. He is also trustee for OFBF District 12, representing members from Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

He and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of two children. He farms with his father, brother and daughters producing crops and beef cattle. He is a 34-year member of Farm Bureau. He graduated from Ohio State University where he majored in agricultural economics. He is a past president of the Ohio Corn Growers Association and past chairman of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.

"It's a great opportunity to lead the organization that has the most ability to impact and influence what happens in agriculture both in our state and in the nation," Porteus said. "I'm very humbled and honored that the members have decided to entrust me with that responsibility."

Porteus' election came during the 90th annual meeting of OFBF, held recently in Columbus. Founded in 1919, Ohio Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization, and has seen its membership grow in each of the past 41 years. Its current membership stands at more than 234,000 including more than 60,000 farmer members. The organization is influential in public policy and public relations, working as an advocate for Ohio's farm families, as well as providing various other member benefit services.