Janene Smith leaving Farm Bureau post

WINTERSVILLE – After working with membership campaigns, seminars on oil and gas, attending meetings with other Farm Bureau counties for more than 11 years, Janene Smith, Jefferson County Farm Bureau office administrator, will be leaving her position to go back to her home state of Indiana.

Her last day will be Thursday, and she and her husband, Bill, are making plans to move to New Castle, Ind., where she has two children, two stepchildren and two grandchildren.

Smith has been through three moves in her time serving the Farm Bureau. She started when the office was in the Stambaugh Plaza and then moved to the Main Street office for about eight years. Since September, the headquarters are in the former Bantam Ridge Elementary School, where the offices of the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio State University/Jefferson County Extension also are located.

She assisted with the relocation and setting up the new office and now is showing Jennifer Barnett, who will take over Smith’s position, the ropes of the organization.

Barnett is a resident of Wintersville and along with the part-time Farm Bureau work, she is a part-time Eastern Ohio Correction Center GED teacher.

A graduate of Edison South High School, she and her husband, Bob, have four children and a grandchild.

Barnett serves on the board of the Wintersville Baseball Association and is a member of the Wintersville PTO.

A retirement party was held for Smith a recently.