Ohio Ag Council announces 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community will be honored Friday, August 3, 2012, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) will induct Dr. Charles Lifer of Columbus, Dr. Bobby Moser of Dublin, Dr. Donald Myers of Dover, and Micheal (“Micki”) Zartman of Worthington, into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The 47th annual event will attract 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.

“Our Board is extraordinarily pleased to be honoring such a diverse group of inductees into this year’s class,” said David Barrett, OAC president.  “Each inductee stands out individually for his or her exceptional contributions  to Ohio agriculture, but together they represent the passion, creativity and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience.”

The following four inductees will join the more than 200 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program was incepted.

Charles Lifer, Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio 4-H program would not be the excellent program it is without Dr. Charles Lifer’s extraordinary contributions, visionary leadership, wisdom, hard work, and personal commitment. He began his service to The Ohio State University Extension nearly 50 years ago as a county extension agent, and has earned a national reputation for his positive efforts to improve and expand the 4-H program.

Under his leadership, Dr. Lifer has doubled 4-H membership, restructured the Ohio 4-H Foundation to involve more key executives, quadrupled the Ohio 4-H Endowment Fund, and initiated the first 4-H Center on a land-grant university campus. In addition, he has provided leadership for numerous state and national committees.

Dr. Lifer is one of those rare individuals who continually and consistently makes an extraordinarily positive difference “behind the scenes.” His advice and counsel is sought, valued and used by people from experienced government and university officials to the newest teen 4-H ambassadors. The advice and mentorship he has provided for agricultural leaders has made a tremendous difference in the quality and scope of programs throughout Ohio and the nation.

Dr. Bobby Moser, Dublin, Ohio

Dr. Bobby Moser has served as the vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University for 20 years. Under his leadership, he has achieved many things, including: a more than 200-percent increase in grant awards, the issuance of more than 86 patents, the establishment of the Food Innovation Center, and the building of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

In 2005, Moser’s leadership in global agricultural development was recognized in his appointment by then President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US-India Knowledge Initiative on Agricultural Education, Teaching, Research, Service and Commercial Linkages. He has served in a multitude of leadership roles from state to international levels, and has received numerous accolades.

Dr. Moser has devoted his entire life to the betterment of agriculture – from his service to his local community to his contributions to national issues. His outstanding character, uncompromising integrity, and his passion for Ohio agriculture are unwavering.

Dr. Donald Myers, Dover, Ohio

For more than 30 years, Dr. Donald Myers has served The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as an extension agent, state extension specialist, and member of the teaching and research faculty. His expertise in forage production has had a tremendous impact on agriculture and livestock production through increased efficiency and productivity.

Myers, known by many as the “father of no-till forages in Ohio” or “alfalfa specialist,” was instrumental in the development of the innovative no-tillage forage seeding system, which has received worldwide recognition. In addition, Myers has authored more than 50 publications distributed through the nation to assist farmers in improving forage productivity.

His integrity and honesty have earned him unparalleled respect with farmers, the retail trade industry, and his professional peers. Even now in retirement, Myers continues to work as a tireless educator and advocate of conservation practices to further improve Ohio agriculture.

 Micheal (Micki) Zartman, Worthington, Ohio

Micki Zartman’s academic training in child development and her avocation to promote agricultural literacy have culminated in programs that inform and inspire a new generation of leaders and innovators. Zartman spearheaded the formation of dairy farm tours for local urban and rural school children. As a result, she took her enthusiasm to a new level and founded Scarlet and Gray Ag Day at The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1999, which is an outreach program designed to bring elementary students from surrounding schools to campus to learn about the industry and opportunities within agriculture. She has been honored by numerous OSU affiliated clubs and organizations for her dedication to enhancing awareness of and appreciation for the agricultural industry.

Most recently, Zartman has been working to expand the involvement of Ohio high school students in the World Food Prize Youth Institute, further changing the way young people engage and act with issues of food security.

Zartman’s ongoing devotion to the agriculture community cannot be measure in hours or programs, but by the students, teachers and community members she has touched and transformed with her enthusiasm, desire for excellence, and passion for agriculture.

For further information about sponsorship in honor of the inductees, or to obtain tickets to the Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Ohio Ag Council at 614-794-8970 or via email at info@ohioagcouncil.org.

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