A Tragic Loss for Ohio Agriculture

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

Statement from Ohio Agriculture Director James Zehringer

“The World needs more great communicators like Lindsay Hill, Dale Minyo, and Gary Jackson.  The loss today of Lindsay’s passionate and articulate voice is a loss for agriculture and all Ohioans.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lindsay and her family.”

By Ty Higgins

It seems that the Agriculture industry here in Ohio and around the Country is constantly trying to find a voice to combat naysayers and activist groups that want nothing more than to put Ag out of business. Thursday the Agriculture community’s voice became quite a bit quieter as Lindsay Hill, formerly of The ABN and current National Association of Farm Broadcasting President, was tragically killed in an auto accident.

I had the privilege, and I do mean privilege to work with Lindsay at the ABN.

She took her job as a Farm Broadcaster very seriously, almost as seriously as Buckeye Basketball. She often mentioned to me her first job, working with Ed Johnson. She had so much respect for Ed.

Needless to say when she purchased the ABN years later it was a dream come true. For many of us in our 30’s and 40’s we grew up with Ed’s voice on the radio and that ABN logo on our TVs. It was a big deal to not only be a part of such a network, but to own it must’ve been surreal.

During her time at The ABN, Ohio had quite a few groups that lead opposition attacks on Agriculture and you better believe that Lindsay fought for what she believed in because any attack on Ag was an attack on her family. Not just in the literal since, but the ag community as a whole.

The one thing I will never forget about working for Lindsay was her constant support for the Youth of agriculture. If 4-H or The FFA needed anything at all, Lindsay would always say with that big smile, “it’s for the kids”.

For many, a tragedy like this will make them think about what is really important and what really isn’t. Lindsay knew, like many of us in this very large family already know, that God, family, hard work and pride in what you do is really all there is to worry about in this world.

As we move forward let’s be so proud of what we do that we can find our voice and make it louder and prouder than ever before. We now have a big void to fill.

Lindsay, needless to say, you will be missed.

Those wishing to make contributions in Lindsay’s memory may do so to: The Lindsay Hill Memorial Fund at The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221.

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