Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that public funds are properly spent to provide services necessary for better natural resource management in Madison County.
Chairman Howard Yoder
Chairman Howard Yoder lives in Canaan Township. He has spent his life in the agricultural realm. He earned an Associate Degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Agriculture Development from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. He was involved in rural development in Latin America for 6 six years in the 1980s. He has been a local farmer for the past 30 years. He is a current SWCD Supervisor (since 2009), a member of the board of directors of the Mennonite Central Committee (Great Lakes Region), a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee, and a charter member of the Shiloh Mennonite Church. Howard believes farmers can manage nutrients and mitigate for climate change by using best management practices such as no-till, variable rate nutrient application and cover crops. Anyone with a few acres or even in urban areas can make a positive impact on pollinators and wildlife by planting native species.
Vice Chairman Steve Davis
Supervisor Steve Davis lives in Paint Township. He is a lifetime farmer. He is active and semi-retired. He raises registered Angus cattle and had a purebred hog business for 30 years. He has cut back on his herd but still maintains about 15 cows. Davis considers improving soil health as the biggest natural resource opportunity. He has seen reduced soil tilth from when he was a teenager as a result of conventional farming practices today. No till and cover crops could be a very big factor in saving our soil structure and health.
Treasurer/Secretary Bob Hunter
Treasurer/Secretary Bob Hunter lives in Paint Township. He is a retired farmer and self-employed CPA. He is seeking his fourth term on the board. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer. Bob has lived in Madison County his entire life except for one year he lived in Columbus. He belongs to several professional organizations, including Ohio Society of CPAs, Madison County Farm Bureau, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Corn Growers’ Association and the Ohio Soybean Association. Bob believes managing our water supply and water quality are our most important concerns in Madison County.
David Junk lives in Range Township. He is a life-long resident of Madison County and has been farming since he was nine years old. He is retired from the State Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections. He is a Lieutenant in the Range Township Fire Department and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Sterling. He has an associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in business from Urbana University. David believes the most important natural resource issues in Madison County are keeping farmland tillable and keeping our water clean.
Supervisor Jonathan Francis lives in Fairfield Township. He is a Salesman & Integrated Solutions Specialist at Ag-Pro. He grew up on a farm and continues to farm today. Jonathan feels the most important natural resource issue in Madison County is water and handling drainage and runoff in an economically and environmentally sound way.