Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Ag Net are affiliated companies of Agri Communicators Inc. 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.
Agri Communicators is located in Columbus Ohio and has been since its founding in 1972 by the late Ed Johnson. It produced daily radio reports for the ABN Radio Network and the weekly television show Agri Country.
The company is owned and operated by his son and daughter in-law Bart and Sheryl Johnson.
About Ohio’s Country Journal
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.
About The Ohio Ag Net
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 more than stations.
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 through 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. They have two adult children.
Matt Reese served as the assistant editor for Ohio’s Country Journal for 12 years before becoming the editor in 2012. He lives on a small Fairfield County farm, serves on the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District Board and is very active in his family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. Matt has two children.
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 Marion County with her husband, Mark. They raise registered pygmy goats and enjoy showing their 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.
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 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 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 and cooking.
Risë Labig joined the team in early 2013 to handle media sales in radio, print and digital marketing. She grew up in Seneca county near Old Fort on a dairy farm. Risë graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of arts degree. She married Scott and moved to Greenville where they produce corn, beans and wheat. Risë is a 4-H alumnae and was an advisor for 10 years. She helps with the family farm’s accounting, grain marketing, and Conklin’s IBO AgroVantage business. Prior to joining the team, she was a grain buyer at a local ethanol plant.
Risë has a son, Preston, who is a software programmer. She enjoys hiking, biking, and playing flute in her church orchestra.
Jeff Reese joined the Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net staff in 2016 as the newest marketing specialist. He had been the grain originator and transportation manager at Legacy Farmers Co-op in Findlay. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communications in 2006.
Jeff grew up in Hancock County working on his family’s Christmas tree farm. He and his wife, Haley, currently reside in Findlay.
Joel Penhorwood is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communication. While at OSU, Joel was heavily involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as president for two years. The club won the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award during his tenure.
Joel got his start in radio at WPKO/WBLL “The Peak of Ohio” in Bellefontaine before starting with Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net as an intern in the fall of 2013. Joel also stays busy on his family’s small hay, crop and livestock farm, which he helps to operate alongside his brothers. Joel and his wife, Katie, live in Logan County.
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