October 19, 2016

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) welcomes John Torres, CAE, as director of government and industry affairs. In this role Torres will oversee legislative activities for the organization on a statewide basis, including the coordination of legislative and regulatory actions.

“Advocating for good policy is a fundamental reason our organization exists,” said Tadd Nicholson, the executive director of OCW. “John brings an extensive background in farm organizations, a great network and a diverse set of experiences that are sure to benefit Ohio Corn & Wheat.”

Prior to joining OCW, Torres served for five years as the director of leadership development for American Farm Bureau Federation. He served the organization by working to assess the organizational development needs of state and county Farm Bureaus. Torres began his Farm Bureau career in 2006 as an organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. 

Torres is an active volunteer. He served as a committee member for the Ohio State College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences capital campaign advisory committee, has been a volunteer mentor for Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs Washington Academic Internship Program and holds a seat on the FarmHouse International Fraternity executive board of directors.

Torres grew up on a northwest Ohio grain farm, and was actively involved in agriculture participating in 4-H and FFA. In addition, he also holds the American FFA Degree.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and majored in agricultural business and applied economics with a minor in agricultural education. 

He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.