Baker & Erven Honored by OFBF Foundation

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that
Dr. David Baker, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies at Heidelberg
University in Tiffin, and Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus in
Agricultural Communications at Ohio State University in Columbus, are
honorees for the organization’s 2010 Golf Invitational. A special
recognition program will be held in conjunction with the event at the
Medallion Club in Westerville on Monday, June 28.

Baker has been recognized as a national leader helping farmers, rural
residents and public officials learn more about water quality and effective
conservation management techniques. He worked closely with the Ohio Farm
Bureau when the organization spearheaded the first large-scale groundwater
quality testing programs in the country during the 1980s and 1990s. His
work through the Water Quality Lab at Heidelberg University earned national
attention showing the relationship between effective conservation
management practices on the farm, and groundwater quality.

Erven is well known for his work concerning family dialogue, employee
communication and small business development. In the nearly 30 years that
he has served on Ohio State’s faculty, he has been honored many times for
his teaching, service and advising. Students note his tendency to
self-evaluate and encourage student participation, even in large lecture
classes. His work has helped agribusiness, government and community leaders
use interpersonal communication skills to enhance business and community
development programs at local, state and national levels.
“Dr. Baker and Dr. Erven have shown through their careers how education,
scientific research and effective communication impact all facets of
community development,” Foundation President Jack Fisher said. “Their work
exemplifies the mission and purpose of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.”

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization
that supports agricultural education, ecological research and economic
development initiatives benefiting Ohio communities. The organization’s
annual Golf Invitational honors leaders in science, business and community
service whose careers and accomplishments personify Foundation objectives.
Proceeds of the event as used to support the organization’s Community
Grantsmanship and scholarship programs.

For more information on the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, its activities and
service programs, visit the organization’s website at

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