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Sunrise Cooperative awards $20,000 in scholarships to local youth

Sunrise Cooperative is announcing the recipients of their sixth annual Sunrise Cooperative college scholarships. A total of 151 students entered to compete for 20, $1,000 scholarships. All students awarded are or will be enrolled in a two or four-year college program. Over the past six years, Sunrise has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships, and is excited to continue the program this year.

Applicants were required to compete in a scholarship essay contest, writing a minimum of one page on the topic of agriculture. Essays ranged from describing how agriculture affects peoples’ everyday lives to the importance of agriculture on our growing world population. Although the essay topic was agriculture focused, the contest was open to students of any degree, so long as they or a family member (parent or grandparent) is a member of Sunrise Cooperative.

Terra Community College in Fremont reviewed the written entries and narrowed them down to 46 finalists.… Continue reading

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Ohioan participating in USB’s “See for yourself” program

Farmer-leaders of the soy checkoff recently informed 10 U.S. soybean farmers of their selection for the 2013 See for Yourself program, an intensive, weeklong educational experience that helps soybean farmers learn more about their checkoff and industry.

“We at the national soy checkoff are thrilled with the interest we’ve seen this year in this important program,” said David Hartke, a soybean farmer from Teutopolis, Ill., and chair of the United Soybean Board (USB) Audit and Evaluation program, which sponsors See for Yourself. “I think we have an outstanding group of participants this year, all of whom I see as having great leadership potential for the ag industry going forward.”

The group includes Jeff Heimerl, from Licking County near Johnstown. The participants were selected through an application process and represent soybean-growing states around the country.

Participants will gather July 18-26 and learn about checkoff and soy industry activities in St. Louis and the countries of Panama and Colombia.… Continue reading

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Two ag industry individuals named to Ohio State Board of Trustees

Ohio Governor John Kasich has appointed two individuals of the agricultural industry to The Ohio State University Board of Trusttees: Brent R. Poreus of Coshocton County and Stacie E. Seger of Shelby County to serve a nine-year term and two year term, respectfully.

Porteus is a managing partner of the family-owned farming and agricultural business, Blair Porteus and Sons. Porteus served as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation from 2008-2011 and prior to that, held many leadership roles within the organization. He also represented the Farm Bureau on trade missions to Cuba and Hong Kong. Since 2011, he has served as a board member of Nationwide Insurance, one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services companies in the world. He earned his BS in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University in 1978.

“Ohio Farm Bureau congratulates Brent Porteus on his appointment to the board of trustees for The Ohio State University.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Council announces 2013 Hall of Fame inductees

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm and agribusiness community will be honored Friday, August 2, 2013, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) will induct Shirley Dunlap Bowser of Williamsport, Louis M. “Mick” Colvin of West Salem, Bernard J. Scott of Tontogeny, and Doug White of Manchester, into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The 48th annual event will attract approximately 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio agriculture.

“OAC is privileged to honor these four individuals who have made significant contributions to Ohio’s number-one industry,” said David Barrett, OAC president.  “We are proud to recognize this deserving class of hard-working professionals for their unwavering commitment to protecting and advancing Ohio’s food and agriculture community, promoting agricultural education, and serving others in their local communities and beyond.”… Continue reading

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Phelps inducted into OSU Animal Science Hall of Fame

Ohio beef industry leader, Frank Phelps of Logan County, was inducted into the Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Fame, April 20, 2013, at the department’s annual Evening of Excellence Recognition Banquet. Recipients of the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame demonstrate superior skill and achieved success in the field of animal science for themselves and their families. They have also practiced service to others through giving their time, energy and thoughtfulness in the local

community.

“The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association was proud to nominate Frank for induction into the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame,” says Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director. “Frank is very deserving of this prestigious honor.  He is a proud alum of The Ohio State University and a Buckeye through and through who is also a tremendous leader for the beef industry.”

Phelps operates the O’Connor-Phelps Limousin Farm near Indian Lake in Logan County. Their farm includes a 250 head seedstock operation that markets Limousin breeding stock, and feeds the balance of their own calves.… Continue reading

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Ohio Agricultural Council Scholarships

Six Ohio high school and college students have been selected to receive scholarships from The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC). The scholarships, each totaling $1,000, were awarded for the 2013-2014 school year.

The students, each of whom is pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related area of study, were chosen from more than 85 applicants, based on their excellent academic record, outstanding leadership qualities, community involvement, and exceptional essay responses.

“To encourage careers in agriculture, the Ohio Agricultural Council is pleased to provide scholarships to deserving individuals,” said David Barrett, OAC board president. “We congratulate these individuals on being selected to receive scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.”

The high school student recipients and their hometowns are as follows:

  • Nathan Hager, Wapokenta
  • Hallie Hiser, Jamestown
  • Josie Vanco, Gallipolis

The college student recipients and their hometowns are as follows:

  • John Schoenhals, Archbold
  • Lara Staples, Hamersville
  • Erin Wollett, Sunbury

 

The students will be recognized at OAC’s annual Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Awards Program on August 2 at the Ohio State Fair. … Continue reading

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Ag Credit Stockholders Elect Four Farmers to Board of Directors

Ag Credit, Agricultural Credit Association, (Ag Credit), stockholders elected four farmers to three-year terms on the organization’s board of directors effective May 1, 2013:  Charles Bostdorff, Bowling Green; Jerry Layman, Kenton; Deborah Johlin-Bach, Elmore; and Lauren Kamm, New London.   Their terms end April 30, 2016. All four were incumbent members of the board.

Charles Bostdorff farms 700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and barley in Wood County, and has a pure bred Charolais cow/calf operation with a cattle feed lot.  Mr. Bostdorff was initially elected to the Board in 2001 and represents western Lucas, Henry and Wood counties.

S. Jerry Layman cash rents a 180 acre farm and plants no till corn and soybeans, and works with a younger brother in his 4,000 acre no-till operation raising corn and soybeans.  They also run a part-time custom farm drainage business.  A retired high school agriculture instructor and principal, Mr. Layman was first elected to the Board in 2004 and represents Hardin and Hancock counties.… Continue reading

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Roehm national finalist for Monsanto “Farm Mom of the Year”

Sue Roehm of has been named a regional winner in Monsanto’s “Farm Mom of Year” contest making her a finalist for the national award.

The Roehms are grain farmers in Highland County. Sue was nominated by her son Jeff. Sue works on the business side of the farm, handling bills, taxes and some marketing, while also being a mom and a grandma.

“I am like a lot of farm women. We just go about daily life and do what we need to and don’t think much about it. It is just a way of life,” she said. “There are so many wonderful farm women who give their time to so many organizations up for this national award. Most women try to be a good mom whether they live on a farm or not. But on a farm, you also have such a responsibility to make the farm successful. A good farm mom has to play the role of supporter and helper so that the farming part of your life is successful and, in our case, ready to pass on to the next generation.”… Continue reading

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The National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s President Award presented to Dorman

Dr. Leah Dorman, Director of Food Programs for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues, was presented the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s President’s Award during the organization’s annual conference, April 15-18, in Louisville, Ky. The President’s Award recognizes an NIAA committee or council chairman or vice chairman for exemplary leadership and dedication to the organization.

“Dr. Dorman has been active in NIAA for nine years and did not hesitate last year to say ‘yes’ when volunteers were being recruited to co-chair NIAA’s newly created Antibiotics Council,” states Scott Stuart, NIAA’s Managing Director. He adds that Dr. Dorman and fellow Antibiotics Council co-chair Dr. Jennifer Koeman — both veterinarians — not only led the Antibiotics Council through its first year but co-chaired NIAA’s Antibiotics Council Symposium last November.

“Dr. Dorman is driven to advance animal agriculture and is adamant that open and honest dialogues and sharing of information regarding antibiotic use and resistance occur among those in animal agriculture, public health and environmental health,” said Katie Ambrose, NIAA’s Chief Operating Officer, who presented the award to Dr.… Continue reading

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Seeger’s named director of state policy at Ohio Farm Bureau

 Tony Seegers has been named director of state policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

Seegers will advocate for OFBF members before the Ohio General Assembly and state agencies and departments. He also will provide analysis of legislation and regulation that impacts Farm Bureau members and the state’s agricultural industry.

Seegers most recently was a policy director at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was an attorney with Wright Law Company, and an assistant attorney general and legislative aide in both the Ohio Senate and House. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and Capital University Law School where he was a member of the Law Review. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Westerville.

“Tony’s experience in and around state government is going to be very valuable to Farm Bureau members,” said Adam Sharp, vice president, public policy for OFBF.… Continue reading

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COBA/Select Sires names new general manager

Tom Fleming, COBA/Select Sires board president, has announced Duane Logan will lead the organization as general manager beginning in September of 2013.  Logan currently serves as the Marketing Director-North for COBA/Select Sires.

“Duane has helped set the course for the organization over the past eighteen years.  His straight-forward leadership style and thinking of the member-owner-customer first will continue to benefit all producers in the cooperative,” according to Fleming. Current general manager Bernard Heisner will retire on August 31, 2013.

“I have had the privilege of working with Duane since he joined COBA as North Marketing Director in 1994 and can honestly say that he is one of the most honest, sincere, dedicated and hard working employees in the COBA organization.  He works many long hours to ensure that COBA member owners receive the best of both products and services available while placing a high priority on promoting sound working relationships with fellow COBA employees. … Continue reading

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Twenty-one graduate from AgriPOWER Institute

Twenty-one select leaders and advocates recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute. The intensive, yearlong leadership training program was launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses.

Class V graduates included: Cindy Cassell, Clermont County; Kevin Flax, Clark County; Jason Fogt, Shelby County; Christie Haines, Washington County; Anna Hall, Clermont County; Brad Heimerl, Licking County; Jordan Hoewischer, Franklin County; Dusty Knapke, Mercer County; Mark Longenecker, Darke County; Elizabeth Mead, Madison County; Kelly Moore, Delaware County; Monica Schemrich, Franklin County; Carrie Schlechter, Erie County; Derek Schmitt, Fairfield County; Joy Sizemore, Huron County; Anthony Stateler, Hancock County; Laura Sutherly, Miami County; Julie Weber, Jackson County; Callie Wells, Franklin County; Steve Wickersham, Marion County; and Sam Wildman, Franklin County.

During the past year, participants engaged government officials, activists, media insiders and farm leaders on pressing local, state and national issues.… Continue reading

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Plain City grain farmer Fred Yoder recognized by President Obama

Past President of the National Corn Growers Association and Plain City, Ohio grain farmer Fred Yoder was recognized today by President Obama as a “Champion for Change.” The official recognition, which takes place in the White House on a weekly basis, honors 12 ordinary Americans that are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

“As we take action to reduce carbon pollution and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy, we must also take action to prepare for the impacts of climate change we are already seeing, including more frequent and severe extreme weather,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “This week, we look forward to welcoming Champions of Change who are doing smart, innovative work to protect the health, safety and prosperity of their communities in the face of climate change.”… Continue reading

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Dawson joins Vets Plus, Inc. as National Account Manager

Vets Plus, Inc. is pleased to announce that Rick Dawson will be joining its sales team as National Account Manager. With over 20 years of experience growing sales and introducing new products within the animal health industry, Dawson will be responsible for developing sales relationships with key strategic partners in the Midwest and High Plains regions.

Dawson has worked in both sales and sales management in the animal health industry with the last 10 years at Professional Veterinary Products (PVP). While at PVP, Dawson held several sales roles, ending with Director of Sales. He will utilize his experience in business strategy development and market expansion in his new position with Vets Plus.

As National Account Manager, Dawson’s main responsibility will be building strategic partnerships. He will primarily be promoting product development for dairy and beef cattle, as well as companion animals. “Rick brings a great record of success with major animal health companies and we’re excited to have him on our team to help grow the business,” said Steve Vale, VP Sales & Marketing at Vets Plus.… Continue reading

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Dawson joins Vets Plus, Inc. as National Account Manager

Vets Plus, Inc. is pleased to announce that Rick Dawson will be joining its sales team as National Account Manager. With over 20 years of experience growing sales and introducing new products within the animal health industry, Dawson will be responsible for developing sales relationships with key strategic partners in the Midwest and High Plains regions.

Dawson has worked in both sales and sales management in the animal health industry with the last 10 years at Professional Veterinary Products (PVP). While at PVP, Dawson held several sales roles, ending with Director of Sales. He will utilize his experience in business strategy development and market expansion in his new position with Vets Plus.

As National Account Manager, Dawson’s main responsibility will be building strategic partnerships. He will primarily be promoting product development for dairy and beef cattle, as well as companion animals. “Rick brings a great record of success with major animal health companies and we’re excited to have him on our team to help grow the business,” said Steve Vale, VP Sales & Marketing at Vets Plus.… Continue reading

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Ohio discussion meet finalists announced

Bailey Elchinger of Deshler, Kristen Clemson of Cortland, Kayla Hansel of Newark and Kayla Weaver of Upper Sandusky have been named the four state finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 Young Agricultural Professionals Discussion Meet. Hansel is unable to attend the finals; Brandi Fornshell of Washington Court House will replace her in the competition.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. The young agricultural professionals will participate in the finals of the competition at the Young Agricultural Professionals Summer Reach Out Event June 29. The winner will receive $1,000 from Nationwide Insurance and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Antonio for the national Discussion Meet.

The finalists were named after discussing the following topics during competition semifinals at the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience in Columbus March 22:

•         “How should Farm Bureau engage farmer/rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations (i.e.… Continue reading

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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship winners

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the OSCF Scholarship Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Undergraduate scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded to Mike Hannewald, Emily Limes, Shelby Mann and John Schoenhals. The third annual $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland (FLM) Scholarship, awarded to a student in the field of agricultural communications or business, was awarded to Stacie Seger. The annual $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named in honor of a Battelle research scientist who has made tremendous contributions to the soybean industry, was awarded to Stephanie Verhoff.

Two graduate scholarships of $5,000 were awarded to Rhiannon Schneider and Nicholas Callow.

This is the sixth year for the OSCF Scholarship Program, which was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in agriculture, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research. All OSCF scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time students enrolled at an Ohio college or university.… Continue reading

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Caudill chosen as Farm Service Agency executive Scioto/Pike county office

State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, would like to announce that Teri Caudill has been selected as the County Executive Director (CED) for the Scioto/Pike County FSA office.  Teri will begin her new duties on March 25, 2013.

Teri began her career for the Scioto County FSA office as a Program Technician in 1986.  She was responsible for multiple program areas including; Administrative, Automation, Tobacco, Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), Farm Records, Marketing loans and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).  Teri currently serves as the Acting CED in the combined Scioto/Pike County FSA Office and has held this position several times over the past few years.  She manages all FSA programs and operations in the office and assists with all programs as needed.

Growing up in Florida, Teri moved to Scioto County in 1973 and is a graduate of South Webster High School. … Continue reading

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Turley chosen as the Farm Service Agency County Executive Director for Henry County

State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, would like to announce that Brenda Turley has been selected as the County Executive Director (CED) for the Henry County FSA office.  Brenda will begin her new duties on March 25, 2013.

Brenda grew up on a farm in Wood County, which included raising corn, soybeans, wheat, and beef cattle.  Growing up she was active in the FFA and was the District 1 Vice President, for The Ohio FFA Association during the 1992-1993 year.  She graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy; with a minor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics.  While in school, she worked as a Student Research Assistant in the weed science and crop science labs, and assisted with chemical field days for the OSU.

After graduating, Brenda was an Agronomist then a Grain Originator for Blanchard Valley Farmers Cooperative Inc. … Continue reading

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Borton honored by NFU

During National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 111th Anniversary Convention, Mel Borton was presented with the Award for Meritorious Service to Farmers Union and American Agriculture.

Meritorious Service Awards honor those who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to agriculture, humanity and Farmers Union. This honor is the highest award the NFU Board of Directors can bestow upon an individual.

“Mel Borton has dedicated six decades of his life to Farmers Union,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “His passion for the organization has made him a true leader in membership growth and advocacy for U.S. family farmers, and for that we are grateful.”

Borton was born and raised on a farm in northwestern Ohio. He started farming on his own in 1948 as a sharecropper and joined Ohio Farmers Union that same year. He has held several leadership roles in Farmers Union and on other national committees. He continues to lobby on the state and national level on behalf of family farmers.… Continue reading

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