Just under 100 of some of the nation’s who’s-who of agriculture have been selected to serve on Donald Trump’s Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee. The list includes two Ohioans: Fred Yoder of Plain City and Bill Richards of Circleville.
Richards is a well-known advocate of conservation and no-till both around the country and on his home farm in Pickaway County where he was among the first in the world to work with no-till. He is a former chief of the USDA Soil Conservation Service and a longtime leader in Ohio agriculture. In 2009 he was named the National No-till Farmer of the Year.
Fred Yoder is a past state and National Corn Growers Association president and is another widely recognized leader in Ohio agriculture. In 2013, he was recognized by President Obama as a “Champion for Change” that honors Americans for doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Yoder has testified on behalf of farmers before the U.S. Congress
numerous times and serves as an advocate for agriculture locally, nationally and internationally while working to advance grain farming and opening world markets. Yoder grows corn, soybeans and wheat using conservation tillage. He also operates a retail farm seed business, selling a variety of seeds. The farm has become multi-generational, with the family starting Yoder Ag Services LLC.