Fred L. Dailey

Fred L. Dailey is the longest continuously serving director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). During his time in that position, his steadfast support of Ohio agriculture and his strong leadership helped build consumer confidence in Ohio-raised food, allowed Ohio family farms to grow and prosper and improved coordination among the agency with state and local government entities. During his time as director, Dailey championed and oversaw the $65 million renovation of ODA's campus and laboratories in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

He led more than one dozen trade missions to expand Ohio's farm economy during his time as the agency's leader. Dailey also established ODA's farmland preservation program, the Ohio Proud domestic marketing program and the accreditation of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. 

His role in Ohio agriculture included nearly a decade as the leader of the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen's Association, where he quadrupled the group's membership, started the Ohio Beef Expo and launched the Ohio Cattleman magazine. 

He has served as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

He has received service awards from the Ohio pork, poultry, beef and sheep industries, as well as the Ohio Fair Manager's Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

He and his wife, Rita live in Mt. Vernon and have three children. They also have a small herd of Angus cattle on their 270-acre farm.