About Ohio’s Country Journal
Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Ag Net are affiliated companies of Agri Communicators Inc. Agri Communicators is located in Columbus Ohio and has been since it’s founding in 1972 by the late Ed Johnson. Ed was known as Ohio’s ambassador of agriculture. The company is now owned and operated by his son and daughter in-law Bart and Sheryl Johnson.
Ohio’s Country Journal was first published in 1992. The Johnson family saw a need for a farm publication that focused solely on Ohio’s Agriculture and the people and events that make up Ohio’s largest industry. Originally the Country Journal was published monthly; it is now published twice a month and is recognized as the premier farm publication that’s focus is only Ohio.
The Ohio Ag Net was founded by Bart Johnson and Dale Minyo in 2007. Dale worked for the Johnson family after graduating from college in 1989 until 2002. The opportunity to start a new Farm Radio Network presented itself in early 2007. Dale and Bart rejoined forces and launched the Ohio Ag Net with the first day of programming in April 2007. The network started with 23 stations and has currently grown to 57 stations.
The Goal of Agri Communicators is to provide the Ohio farming community the information they need to help make their farm profitable, while also providing an enjoyable and entertaining experience through our print, radio, and online offerings.
About The Ohio Ag Net
With so much information available to today’s farmers, it sometimes can be hard to know where to start. Now that dilemma is solved. The Ohio Ag Net offers a clear place to begin, with concise programs relevant to Ohio producers and an emphasis on Ohio’s row crop agriculture. The Ohio Ag Net provides farm news and information to Ohio producers through traditional local radio stations, a web site, and custom daily reports delivered to farmers’ computers through e-mail.
Ohio Ag Net listeners enjoy the experience of 13-year veteran farm broadcaster Dale Minyo. Minyo has been involved in agriculture all his life, and as Ohio’s best-known farm broadcaster, he offers a strong connection to listeners and thoughtful insights they respect.
Ohio Ag Net parent company Agri Communicators was founded by the late Ed Johnson in 1972, to serve Ohio farm families, and is currently owned and operated by Johnson’s son, Bart. Agri Communicators Inc. founded ABN Radio and TV. It produced daily radio reports for the ABN Radio Network and the weekly television show Agri Country. Currently, Agri Communicators publishes Ohio’s Country Journal, Ohio’s only farm newspaper dedicated exclusively to Ohio.
Bart Johnson has been with the company since 1984 when he started working part time in the radio studio while in college. He has held many positions and responsibilities over the years. He took over ownership of the company after his father Ed Johnson passed away in 2001. Bart currently is the publisher of Ohio’s Country Journal and oversees the daily operation of the Ohio Ag Net. Bart and his wife Sheryl have 4 children and reside on a farm in southwest Delaware County where Bart farms and is also a township trustee for Concord Township.
Dale Minyo is a farm broadcaster for the Ohio Ag Net serving as the anchor for the morning and midday broadcast. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Economics. Dale’s career in radio began in sales and then in 1995 he joined the broadcast team working alongside Ed Johnson. Except for a 5 year stretch working for Clear Channel Radio, he has worked for the Johnson Family and Agri Communicators. Dale lives in Morrow county with his wife Cynthia and sons Kyle and Ryan.
Matt Reese served as the assistant editor for Ohio’s Country Journal for 12 years before becoming the editor in 2012.. He writes feature and news stories and also manages Web content, does photo work, reviews proofs, and whatever else is needed. In addition, he has written and self-published six books to date and teaches writing and agricultural business classes for Ohio Christian University based in Circleville. Matt and his wife, Kristin, have two young children on a small Fairfield County farm where they raise hay, sheep, laying hens, meat chickens, and meat rabbits. They are also very active in Matt’s family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County.
Kim Lemmon graduated from The Ohio State University in June of 1999. Since that time, she has been employed by Ohio’s Country Journal. In 1999 and 2000, she served as graphic designer. In 2000, she was promoted to managing editor and has served in that capacity since then. She lives in Morrow County with her husband, Mark. They raise and show registered pygmy goats and enjoy showing their Percheron mare and miniature horses at local county fairs.
Ty Higgins joined the Ohio Ag Net as a Farm Broadcaster and director of broadcast operations in 2010. He brings a farm background, on air radio personality and farm broadcasting experience to the company. Ty anchors the afternoon programs for the Ohio Ag Net. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Croton, Ohio. He graduated from Johnstown Monroe High School in 1996 and went on to The Ohio State University to study broadcast journalism. Along the way, Ty was given the opportunity to start his career as a farm broadcaster at AM880 WRFD. From there, he spent more than 12 years at WHOK-FM. Ty enjoys golf, cooking and time with his family. He and his wife, Angela, reside in Powell with their two children, Paige and Calvin.
Heather Hetterick joined the staff of the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal in November of 2007. She serves as a farm broadcaster and reporter. She is also involved in our online entities and can be found Facebooking, tweeting, updating the website and writing the e-newsletter, Digital Dale. Previously she worked for the Ohio Pork Producers Council, Clear Channel Radio and Time Warner Cable. Heather enjoys cooking and couponing. She is married to her husband, Zach and splits her time between Wisconsin and Ohio.
Kirby Hidy joined the Ohio Ag Net/Ohio’s Country Journal Team as Agricultural Marketing Specialist in December of 2010. Kirby, a graduate of The Ohio State University, has nearly spent his entire career in agribusiness marketing. Throughout his career he has served as Director of Media Relations for the Ohio Farm Bureau, Livestock Editor of the Ohio Farmer, Chief of Markets at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Director of Marketing for the National Cutting Horse Association. In 2007, Kirby returned to Ohio and his farm radio roots as Local Sales Manager for the ABN farm radio network which led to his current position with the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal. Kirby and his wife, Kimberly, live in Fayette County and have 3 grown children, Christian, Morgan and Quinn.
Sheryl Johnson as been with the company since 1995 and held various positions. She handles the accounting for Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal. Sheryl received her BA in Business from Otterbein in 1992. She’s married to Bart Johnson and as four wonderful children: Adam, Eric, Nate, Jenna.
Beth Carper handles the network traffic for Ohio Ag Net. She has years of experience working in agricultural communications and with the Johnson family as she began her career working for the late Ed Johnson back in 1989. Beth lives on a farm in Delaware county with her husband Mike. They own a small herd of Shorthorn cattle and both serve on the Ohio Shorthorn Board of Directors. Together they have three daughters; Lauren, Jennifer and Marla and five grandchildren. Beth enjoys reading, cooking, (drinking margaritas) and watching her daughter, Marla, play fast pitch softball.
Lori Lawrence is a Marketing Specialist for Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Ag Net. After attending The Ohio State University she worked for the company from 1996 to 2004. In the interim she was employed WRFD Radio and Kalmbach Feeds and returned as a marketing specialist for the company in 2007. One of the projects she is most passionate about is the Spring Livestock Directory. In the spring you will see her at many of the spring livestock sales across Ohio. In her free time she enjoys gardening and helping her children show meat goats, hogs and heifers. Lori lives in Licking County on a cattle farm with her husband Kerry and children, Drew and Erin.
Risë Labig is the newest member of our team, joining the staff as a marketing specialist at the beginning of 2013. Previously Risë was a grain buyer with The Andersons at their Greenville ethanol facility. She was a 10-yr 4-H advisor, member of Farm Bureau, and graduate of the 1st Ohio Agri-Power leadership class. She is also a member of both the Ohio and American Agri-women groups.
She hails from Old Fort, Ohio, where she grew up on a dairy farm. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree.
Risë continues to play flute in her church orchestra, enjoys hiking, walking and visiting wineries. She along with her husband, Scott, have a grain operation north of Greenville. Their son, Preston, is a programmer for mobile Android apps.
Want to get in touch with one of our team members? Feel free to contact us.