Joe Cornely is senior director, corporate communications for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He is involved in the organization’s strategic messaging and manages its media relations programming. Cornely hosts and produces Farm Bureau’s weekly public affairs radio program, works with its publications and provides training and assistance to county Farm Bureau members.
His media relations duties engage him with reporters who are interested in various food, farming, environmental, economic and social issues. During his Farm Bureau career two of the more contentious issues for the organization were the passage of a livestock care ballot measure and the Toledo water crisis.
Prior to joining Farm Bureau in 1998, Cornely was a familiar and respected voice throughout Ohio as Farm Director for WRFD Radio in Columbus, OH and WLW Radio in Cincinnati. In 1995 he became only the second Ohioan ever to be elected president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. In 1996, he received the industry’s highest award by being named by his peers to be the National Farm Broadcaster of the Year.
Cornely is a native of Kenton, OH. He and his wife Connie, reside in Westerville. They are the parents of two grown children and have 5 grandchildren.