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New Channel seedsman comes to Stoutsville

Channel has hired Sean Rittinger of Stoutsville Seed Shed LLC as a Channel Seedsman for the Stoutsville area.

Rittinger’s role will be to work proactively with local farmers to deliver expert advice, customized service and elite seed products to help improve productivity and profitability. Channel Seedsmen focus on getting to know their customers and their farms inside and out, and using that knowledge to provide in-depth, hands-on service and support every step of the way.

Rittinger, a graduate of The Ohio State University, has 18 years of experience in the field as a Monsanto District Sales Manager and is already out in the fields working with farmers to help them make the right decisions for their individual farms. He will be covering Pickaway, Ross and Fairfield counties.

“Building relationships with farmers starts with knowledgeable committed Seedsmen like Sean,” said Matt Bowers, Channel District Sales Manager. “We’re excited to have him onboard and ready to leverage his experience to help make our customers more productive and profitable.”… Continue reading

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Ohio couple appointed to national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

Latham and Katie Farley of Englewood have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, for the 2015-2017 term beginning in March. The committee is composed of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States.

Latham manages the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office for Shelby County, and Katie works as a graphic designer. Both help on Katie’s family’s farm. Latham earned a degree in biology from Mississippi State University, and Katie graduated from Miami University with a degree in graphic design. They are members of Montgomery County Farm Bureau and just completed their two-year term on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team, serving as chairs for the last year. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Cora.

Committee members are responsible for Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program planning, which includes the operation of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s annual convention, along with planning and implementation of the YF&R Leadership Conference held in February.… Continue reading

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Hetterick named CEO of Archbold Equipment Company

Archbold Equipment Company has named Zach Hetterick Chief Executive Officer of the six-store CASE IH dealership complex.

“Zach brings a wealth of farm equipment industry knowledge, leadership and expertise to the company,” said Ross Wyse, Chairman of the Board. “He has the vision to lead Archbold Equipment into an even more dynamic company.”

Hetterick comes to Archbold Equipment Company from CASE IH, where he held various roles including Parts and Service Manager, Territory Sales Manager, Livestock Marketing Manager for North America and most recently, Marketing Manager for High Horsepower Tractors for North America. He began his career at AGCO and also worked for Ohio CAT.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead the staff at Archbold Equipment as well as become a shareholder in this growing business,” Hetterick said. “Together, we’ll continue to create ways to be a true business partner to our customers. The new facility being built in Portage and the shop expansion at the Sherwood location are a great start to that.”… Continue reading

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Federal Hocking High School agriculture teacher selected for educator award

JoAnn Pfeiffer, agricultural educator at Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio, is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award at the 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 18-22.

The National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture.

Pfeiffer has been teaching agriculture for 15 years at Federal Hocking High School. The two-teacher agriculture program is popular — currently reaching half of the students in the high school. The program guides students through inquiry-based projects so they can make connections between science, math and agriculture. Pfeiffer’s goal is to teach students how to think and find answers on their own. She challenges students with a problem, and asks them to consider and test solutions to find the best solution on their own.… Continue reading

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Hogan named president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents

An Ohio State University Extension educator has been named president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Mike Hogan, who is also an associate professor with OSU Extension and a sustainable agriculture coordinator, was recently elected president of the national professional extension organization. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The 5,784-member association, which is based in Illinois, works to strengthen and support the work of extension educators and to promote and support the agriculture industry. As president of NACAA, Hogan said he plans to mark the organization’s 100-year anniversary in 2015 by reflecting on where the organization has come from and what advances it can continue to make.

“We want to recognize our past and springboard our organization to the future to expand how we can continue to be vital to famers, including how we broaden our membership and use technology to continue to advance the work that we do in extension,” he said.… Continue reading

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Logan appointed to U.S. EPA committee

Ohio Farmers Union President Joe Logan has been appointed to a national committee that provides advice on environmental, agricultural and rural development issues to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Logan will serve on the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee.

According to a letter sent Logan by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the committee “provides advice, information and recommendations to the Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues and policies …” The committee’s members represent a broad range of interests including academia, farmers, ag industry interest groups and state and local government representatives.

“This year’s water quality issues in Lake Erie validate the importance of issues that touch on both the agricultural industry and the environment,” Logan said. “I’m pleased to represent Ohio’s farmers on this important committee. I believe Administrator McCarthy takes seriously the advice and real-world experience brought to the EPA’s decision-making process by the committee.”… Continue reading

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UPI hires new underwriter

United Producers Inc. (UPI) announced today that Kelly Guthrie has been hired as an Agriculture Underwriter.

In this role, Guthrie will provide support to the lending activities of United Producers Credit Services, including underwriting, analytical, and loan monitoring activities. Guthrie is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in Animal Sciences. She has completed a number of livestock internships, served as the State Fair Intern in 2013 for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and is current president of the OSU Collegiate Young Famers.

“We are excited to have Kelly join the UPI team,” said Dennis Bolling, President and CEO, United Producers, Inc. “Her enthusiasm and commitment to the Ohio agriculture community is impressive and we believe she will be a great addition to the team.”

More information about United Producers credit services is available at www.uproducers.com.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals program winners selected

Kelly and Michelle Abfall of Albany have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

The contest is designed to help young farmers strengthen their business skills, develop marketing opportunities and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Contestants are judged on the growth of their farm businesses and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.

The Abfalls won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Kelly and Michelle are members of Athens County Farm Bureau, with Michelle serving on the board of trustees. They operate a 1,030-acre grain farm, where they raise corn, soybeans and wheat. They also raise beef cattle. Both have bachelor’s degrees in agriculture from Ohio State University and are active members of St.… Continue reading

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OFBF hires Milam as director of legal education

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has hired Amy Milam as director of legal education.

In her new position, Milam will provide legal education and information on agricultural issues to Ohio Farm Bureau members, monitor legal cases important to agriculture and review proposed legislation at the state and federal levels.

Milam received her juris doctor degree from Capital University Law School in 2007 and bachelor’s degree from Ohio University where she studied communications. Before coming to Ohio Farm Bureau, she was an associate attorney at a law firm where she practiced real estate law.

Milam grew up on an 85-acre family farm in Piketon in Pike County where her father grew and sold hay. She and her husband, David Schutte, live in Columbus.

“Amy’s extensive work in real estate law will be of great value for our farmers as they deal with increasingly complex property issues,” said Adam Sharp, OFBF’s vice president of public policy.… Continue reading

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12 receive Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation scholarships

Twelve young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,500 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation. Supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

Scholarship winners for 2014 are Jordan Bonham of Washington Court House, Molly Cleveland of Green Springs, Andrew Corcoran of Chillicothe, Grant Cory of Frankfort, Maria Dimengo of Cleveland, Karen Hiltbrand of Hamilton, Sierra Jepsen of Amanda, Summer McCracken of Anna, Nall Moonilall of Miami, Fla., Stephanie Neal of Massillon, Sarah Peterson of Sabina and Ashley Wilson of East Liberty.


Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar Award

Jepsen, Moonilall and Wilson are recipients of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar Award, which recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between farmers and consumers.… Continue reading

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OSU scientist recognized for work with poultry

Ohio State University’s Sandra Velleman helps turkeys and the industry around them get stronger.

A scientist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Velleman studies the genetic and cellular mechanisms governing how turkey muscles grow and develop — key to improving the birds’ growth rate, keeping them lean and raising them efficiently for food. Then she helps the poultry industry and poultry producers develop management practices that put those findings to use.

The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) recently honored Velleman for her contributions by presenting her with its 2014 Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award. The award honors outstanding achievements by an OARDC faculty member at the rank of professor.

Velleman, who last year earned Expertscape’s No. 1 world ranking for turkey research based on her published expertise, is a professor in the college’s Department of Animal Sciences.

Her findings have led to the development, for example, of turkey production practices that maximize muscle growth and reduce fat conversion, the result being to maintain the low-fat turkey breast meat consumers prefer.… Continue reading

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Boysel named supervisor of Select Sires’ Kellgren and Hecker Centers

Select Sires is excited to announce that Joel Boysel is the new supervisor of the Kellgren and Hecker Centers at their Plain City, Ohio facility. He is filling the position after the retirement of Barry Slack who worked at Select Sires for more than 40 years. In this role, Boysel will provide leadership and manage the 125 bulls that reside in these facilities.
Boysel has been employed as a livestock technician at Select Sires Inc. since September of 2013. He previously served as the bull program director at Prairie State/Select Sires in Hampshire, Ill. Prior to that he was the production manager for Harmony Agriculture Products in Marysville, Ohio. Boysel has experience with reproduction and genetics through working with beef cattle on his family’s farm. He resides in Zanesfield, Ohio with his wife, Breanna and two-year-old son, Hollis.… Continue reading

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Jessica Swihart joins Ohio Farm Bureau’s field staff

Jessica Swihart has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s field staff to help support county Farm Bureaus in their operations. Swihart, who was hired in anticipation of future staffing needs, will be training under Darren Frank, organization director of Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties. Swihart’s duties will be helping leaders strengthen county Farm Bureaus through program development and implementation and identifying ways to serve members and their communities.

Swihart has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay with a major in animal science and minor in business management. Before coming to Ohio Farm Bureau, she was a veterinarian assistant for Town & Country Animal Healthcare in Bowling Green and worked as a farm hand at Eckel Cattle Co. She is a co-owner/manager of the family sheep farm, Swihart’s Moonlight Tunis Farms in Perrysburg.

“Jessica will be a real asset to county Farm Bureau leaders who work hard to represent members and make the organization a guiding force in their communities.… Continue reading

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Ohio Agricultural Council announces 49th class of 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 1, 2014, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Agricultural Council will induct Bernard Heisner of Hilliard, Don Ralph of Morral, John Watkins of Prospect, and the late William Hoewischer of Sidney into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The 49th annual event will attract approximately 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.

“Our Board is pleased to be honoring such a diverse group of inductees into this year’s class,” said Jenny Hubble, OAC president. “Each inductee stands out individually for his exceptional contributions to Ohio’s agriculture industry, but together they represent the passion, leadership and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience in farming and agriculture.”… Continue reading

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Condolences for the McNutt family

We were sad to hear that former OCJ contributor William “Bill” McNutt, of Worthington, Ohio, age 88, passed away March 12, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine; and children, Carol (Carl) Krohn, Donald (Heather) McNutt, Laurel (Duane) Allyn; six siblings and one deceased brother. There are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

McNutt was a World War II veteran, drafted immediately after his graduation from high school; and recipient of the Purple Heart during action in the European Theater. After being discharged he attended and graduated from OSU, then taught Vocational Agriculture prior to his employment by the Ohio Farm Bureau. He retired from the Ohio Farm Bureau in 1990 after 35 years of service as Director of Advisory Councils. Following retirement he was a freelance writer for various agricultural publications, most often in the field of specialty fruit and vegetable production, plus writing occasional commentary for the Suburban News publications.… Continue reading

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Daniels presented with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels was presented the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association at the Statehouse during the 63rd Ohio Youth in Government program. The award is presented annually to one who actively advances programs and opportunities for Ohio youth, and champions their accomplishments.

Daniels is a strong supporter of Jr. Livestock Exhibitions at county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair, which teach 4-H and FFA youth about responsible food animal production and leadership skills. Under Daniels’ leadership, the Ohio Department of Agriculture operates a program for college students to develop leadership skills and increase awareness of the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a career. Daniels has also formed a partnership with Ohio FFA on an Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach grant program, which helps local FFA chapters finance worthy community development projects. This partnership helps students fund community projects that teach them the value of giving back to their communities while gaining experience as agricultural leaders.… Continue reading

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Smith announces retirement

Keith L. Smith, director of Ohio State University Extension since 1992, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015.

Smith, who also serves as Ohio State University’s associate vice president for agricultural administration, associate dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership, made the announcement April 3.

“Keith Smith has been a tireless advocate for the university’s Extension initiatives for more than two decades,” said Ohio State Interim President Joseph A. Alutto. “The university and the citizens of Ohio will continue to benefit from his leadership in both program and policy development for years to come.”

Smith came to Ohio State in 1980, working in personnel development for OSU Extension, and later served as associate director of Extension. He also worked in Extension at Iowa State University, and as a vocational agriculture teacher and Extension agent in Utah.

“During his 20-plus years as director of Extension, Keith has led the organization through significant growth and continues to be a steady guide as the organization adjusts to rapid, societal changes,” said Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES.… Continue reading

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Tucker to serve as OAMP president

Jim Tucker of Tucker Packing in Marshallville will serve as the president of the Ohio Association of Meat Processors (OAMP) for the upcoming year. Tucker was elected to continue his term of the office at the recently held OAMP Convention in Columbus on

March 21-22, 2014.

Other officers for the upcoming year include: Joe Mezinger of Cherry Valley Processing in Dorset, will serve as the vice president; Levi King of King and Sons Poultry in Bradford will serve as the Director at Large; and Marion Pacula of Winesburg Meats in Winesburg will serve as the past president.

The OAMP Convention was also highlighted by a Product Competition. Over 160 products were entered in the competition. Newswanger Meats of Shiloh, Ohio won the Best of Show.

The OAMP is a non-profit organization that works for the betterment of the meat industry in Ohio.… Continue reading

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2014 Ohio Poultry Association Celebration Banquet

The Ohio Poultry Association recently held its 29th Annual Ohio Poultry Association Celebration Banquet.

“I’ve been working in this industry for more than 22 years and have only seen consistent improvement in the way we care for our flocks, protect the environment, and produce safe, wholesome food for our families and consumers,” Tom Stoller, president of the Ohio Poultry Association, told the group at the event. “These achievements wouldn’t be possible without the time commitment each of you makes to our industry — through advocating and supporting important poultry issues, to making continuous innovations on individual farms and in serving as leaders for state and national agriculture organizations.”

As always, the food was well received (though the turkey producers liked the turkey better than the other poultry industry offerings), and the OPA recognized award winners.

Retired Ohio State professor and poultry consultant Glyde Marsh received the Golden Egg Award. The colorful 95-year-old was sure to mention that he had actually gotten the same award many years before, but nobody else remembers it.… Continue reading

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George named regional sales manager for Seed Consultants, Inc.

Brian George has been promoted to the position of regional sales manager for Seed Consultants, Inc. As the regional sales manager, George will lead sales efforts with area seedsman and grow SCI’s market share in target growth areas.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a degree in Business, George has worked for Seed Consultants since 2009 as an area seedsman covering Northwest Ohio.

“Brian has strong passion for this business and the experience that will help build our brand and grow our sales footprint. Brian will play a vital role in the continued growth of SCI,” said Stuart Yensel, director of sales and marketing.… Continue reading

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