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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation awards $46,500 in scholarships

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients for the 2024-2025 academic year.

This is the 17th year for the OSCF Scholarship Program, which was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry, including agriculture, business, communication, economics, education, science and technology, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research. Since 2008, the OSCF scholarship program has awarded over $640,000 in scholarship funds to students studying agriculture or a related field at Ohio colleges or universities.

Undergraduate scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded to Chloe Anderson, Dylan Bambauer, Jacob Lansing, Nicholas Masurowski, Adam Meyer, Bryce Schott, and Ashley Tate. 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 Clint Johnson. The Robinson W.Continue reading

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Stateler new president-elect for NPPC

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) proudly announces the induction of new officers and the election of members to its board of directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome these accomplished individuals to NPPC’s board of directors,” said Bryan Humphreys, NPPC CEO. “Their diverse backgrounds and proven track records will provide valuable perspectives and strategic insights as the pork industry navigates the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

 The 2024-2025 NPPC board officers include Duane Stateler of Hancock County who was elected as president-elect. Stateler, a fifth-generation pork producer, co-operates Stateler Family Farms with his son Anthony, overseeing a comprehensive operation that manages 15,600 head annually and oversees 1,600 acres of crop production of corn, soybeans and wheat. Duane actively represents producers on national committees and engages in various agricultural associations in Ohio.… Continue reading

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Tietje wins Ohio Farm Bureau 2024 Collegiate Discussion Meet

Ryanna Tietje of The Ohio State University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2024 Collegiate Discussion Meet competition. The results were announced Jan. 27 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and communications skills around current agricultural issues. The competition is designed for young agricultural professionals to work together to find solutions around these agricultural issues.

Tietje grew up on her family’s grain farm in northwest Ohio where they raise corn and soybeans. She is a senior at The Ohio State University studying agribusiness and applied economics with a minor in consumer and family financial services. Tietje is also the president of the OSU Agribusiness Club, a peer mentor for the OSU Honors program, and a member of the Advisory Council for the Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute. After graduation, she plans to return to the family farm and pursue a career in farm financial management or grain risk management.… Continue reading

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Wilmington College selects Cockerill as 20th president

Wilmington College’s Board of Trustees selected Dr. Coreen “Corey” Cockerill as its 20th president during its winter meeting on March 1.

Cockerill, 46, served as interim president for the past 11 months. She joined the faculty 16 years ago and holds the rank of full professor of communication arts and agriculture. In recent years, she also served as area coordinator for agriculture and assistant dean of academic affairs. She will become the College’s first inaugurated female president.

Board Chair Daniel Buckley expressed his “profound confidence” in sharing the news with the campus and other stakeholders on behalf of the Board of Trustees, stating that Cockerill is “uniquely qualified by education, experience and faith” to lead the College.

“Corey understands our students, our strengths and our Quaker heritage,” Buckley said, noting that, in this challenging time in higher education, the College is “well-positioned for a great future” under Cockerill’s leadership. “The excitement and optimism on campus are palpable.… Continue reading

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Ohio agricultural teachers named finalists for Golden Owl Award

Educators devote limitless time, and often their own resources, to helping students pursue their passions. To recognize the contributions of Ohio’s leading agricultural teachers, the Ohio FFA, Ohio Farm Bureau, AgCredit, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Nationwide are honoring 10 exceptional teachers as finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

From Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023, nominations were collected for the state’s top agricultural teachers from local students, parents, fellow teachers and community members across Ohio. 

Ohio’s 2023-2024 Golden Owl Award finalists are:

  • Jessie Schulze, Delta FFA
  • Tod Fox, Ashland FFA
  • Tom Mazzaro, Pymatuning Valley FFA
  • Julie Stawowy, Old Fort FFA
  • Dena Wuebker, Versailles FFA
  • Tom Jolliff, North Union FFA
  • Caleb Hickman, Utica FFA
  • Tyler Lones, Sheridan FFA
  • Chyann Kendel, Talawanda-Butler Tech FFA
  • Rob Brokaw, New Lexington FFA.

Each finalist was presented with an individualized plaque in front of fellow teachers and students and received a $1,500 donation to their school’s agricultural program to support future educational efforts.… Continue reading

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OABA announces LAUNCH graduates

Ohio agribusiness leaders were recognized as the latest graduates of Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s LAUNCH program.

Hosted by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in partnership with Shift-ology Communication, the LAUNCH program is geared to help Ohio agribusinesses Elevate People, Elevate Ideas and Elevate the Industry. Participants were identified by their companies as emerging agribusiness leaders:  individuals with a desire to meet higher level goals than the scope of their current positions, who seek to rise within their companies.

The ten OABA member graduates who successfully completed the 2024 LAUNCH program include:

  • Justin Eibling, United Equity, Inc.
  • Justin Gibson, Deerfield Ag Services, Inc.
  • Chase Horn, Carrollton Farmers Exchange
  • Noah Kreuz, Gerald Grain Center Inc.
  • Lauren Prettyman, Ohio AgriBusiness Association
  • Carley Roberts, Stratovation Group
  • Kaitlyn Saul, StoneX Financial Inc.
  • Trisha Seckel, Global Impact STEM Academy
  • Luke Wallbrown, Deerfield Ag Services, Inc.
  • Isabelle Wellman, Consolidated Grain & Barge Co.

“The LAUNCH program is instrumental in cultivating the growth of today’s agricultural leaders by providing them with essential skills and confidence to progress in their careers,” said Janice Welsheimer, OABA’s interim CEO.… Continue reading

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Gerten named the National Contractor of the Year

Steve Gerten from Leipsic was named the Contractor of the Year by the National Land Improvement Association this winter.

Gerten has been working in the drainage business for 50 years and owns and operates Inbody Drainage Co., Inc., a company that installs farm drainage tile.

In 1974, at the age of 16, Gerten started working for Inbody Drainage Co., Inc. owned by Marion Inbody. In 1981, Gerten bought the business and continued to operate the business under the same name. Today the business employs Steve’s brother Ken, Steve’s two sons, Randy and Eric and Steve’s nephew Josh Gerten.

Gerten served as Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association (OLICA) president in 1991 and again in 2006, was recognized for his service to OLICA during the 1996 program year, received the Hancor Outstanding Sales Performance Award in 1995 and OLICA Contractor of the year in 2013. He currently serves as the chairperson of OLICA’s field days and has been for the last 20 years.… Continue reading

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Tallmadge wins Ohio Farm Bureau 2024 Excellence in Ag award

Sara Tallmadge of Ashland County has been named winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2024 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award, announced Jan. 27 at the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience, recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.

Tallmadge is a Senior Laboratory Animal Technologist and Registered Veterinary Technician supporting livestock animal and public health research at The Ohio State University’s Center for Food Animal Health, which is located on the CFAES Wooster Campus. She is president of Ashland County Farm Bureau, serves on the Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee and is a Class X graduate of AgriPOWER, Ohio Farm Bureau’s elite leadership program. She is a member of the Ohio Rural Health Association and has served on the CFAES Staff Advisory Council.

A graduate of Stautzenberger College’s Veterinary Technician program and The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in health science, Tallmadge is currently working on her master’s of clinical research, also at Ohio State.… Continue reading

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Wolcott wins Ohio Farm Bureau 2024 Outstanding Young Farmer award

Catherine Wolcott of Geauga County is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals 2024 Outstanding Young Farmer competition. The results were announced Jan. 27 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience.

The Outstanding Young Farmer Award competition 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.

Wolcott and her husband own and operate G.A.R. Horizons, a small farm raising pork, beef and chicken with an on-site farm store, along with crop farming 110 acres around the county.

An eight-year member of Geauga County Farm Bureau, Wolcott has served as a board member and secretary for the organization and is currently a Geauga County 4-H advisor. She is a member of many local organizations, including the Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce, Destination Geauga and Chardon Square Association.… Continue reading

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Campbell wins 2024 Discussion Meet

Abigale Campbell of Washington County is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals 2024 Discussion Meet competition. The results were announced Jan. 27 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience.

The Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. It is designed for young agricultural professionals to work together to find solutions around issues facing agriculture today.

Campbell and her husband, Blake, are fourth generation farmers in their sheep and swine operation. They specialize in growing and direct marketing cut flowers, pumpkins, produce, meat, and wool products.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in agriscience education from Ohio State and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky, Campbell is currently an agriscience educator and FFA advisor at Fort Frye High School. She is also a member of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board, the Barlow Independent Fair Board, and a teaching fellow with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.… Continue reading

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Miller recognized as Guardian of Corn & Wheat

U.S. Congressman Max Miller (OH-07) attended the annual Celebration of Corn & Wheat, sponsored by the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association in Bucyrus, Ohio at which he was presented with the “Guardian of Corn & Wheat” award. The award recognizes Congressman Miller’s steadfast advocacy on behalf of Ohio’s grain farmers. 

Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg caught up with Miller at the celebration. Listen to the full interview on the audio player above.

“Working with Ohio farmers and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association to advance their priorities has been an honor and a lot of fun,” Congressman Miller said. “Our farmers are the bedrock of a vibrant agriculture industry. The Association’s advocacy on behalf of Ohio farmers has been instrumental in guiding my work as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and on the Farm Bill. I will continue to work alongside Ohio farmers to make sure they can continue to feed and fuel our nation.” … Continue reading

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FarmHouse Fraternity executive team attends international leadership institute

Five members of FarmHouse Fraternity, Alpha Tau Zeta Chapter at The Ohio State University attended the annual FarmHouse Leadership Institute (FLI) in early January. The weekend event was held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Executive committee members in attendance included: Brady Jacobs Bell, president; Grant DeBruin, vice president of administration; Brady McCumons, vice president of recruitment and retention; Garrett Hastings, vice president of finance; and Lantz Snavely, vice president of risk management. They were joined by Emily Wickham, chapter advisor, and Dr. John Foltz, chapter alum and member of the FarmHouse International Executive Board.

Chapter officers attend FLI at the beginning of their officer term. The program is designed to help chapter officers and advisors learn more about their roles, build connections with other FarmHouse members from across the United States and Canada, learn valuable leadership skills, and set strategic goals for their chapter.

“Our officer team had a great experience attending FLI.… Continue reading

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Scott to be recognized as Emerging Leader

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce Paige Scott of Legacy Farmers Cooperative as the recipient of the 2024 Industry Excellence Award for Achievement as an Emerging Leader.

She will be recognized at the 2024 OABA Industry Conference on Jan. 31 and will receive a plaque and $1,000 cash award, sponsored by Assured Partners – J.H. Ward Agency.

OABA has a distinguished history of serving the agricultural industry and its members through advocacy, policy leadership and educational programs. The Industry Excellence Awards honor excellence, professionalism and achievement among OABA member companies and their employees, and thereby encourage that same excellence in others.

“Recognizing exceptional agribusiness individuals is crucial,” said Janice Welsheimer, OABA interim CEO. “The awards not only highlight individual excellence but also showcase a collective dedication to advancing our industry. Paige stands as a true leader and innovator in agribusiness, shaping the future through her exemplary work.”

The Achievement as an Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual who represents the spirit of leadership as a growing agribusiness professional.… Continue reading

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Heffron confirmed as new exec of Ohio State Fair

Officials with the Ohio Expositions Commission announced that Adam Heffron will be the new executive director of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

The Ohio Expositions Commission voted Jan. 10 to accept a recommendation from Governor Mike DeWine and name Heffron as the agency’s executive director. Current Ohio Expo Center & State Fair General Manager, Virgil Strickler, announced his retirement in June 2023, prompting the formation of a search committee and a nationwide search for the agency’s next leader.

“Today as we accept the governor’s recommendation and welcome Adam back to Ohio, we also want to take a moment to once again thank Virgil Strickler for the incredible legacy he has created,” said Angela Krile, Ohio Expositions Commission Chair. “We are excited that Adam is bringing this leadership, tenacity and extensive event and fair industry experience to build on our strong foundation and take the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair into the next phase of success with the Expo 2050 Master Plan.” … Continue reading

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Adam Heffron nominated for executive director of Ohio Expo Center and Ohio State Fair

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that from the candidates sent by the Search Committee of the Ohio Expositions Commission and State Fair, he is recommending the appointment of Adam Heffron to be the new executive director of the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. Heffron will replace long-time General Manager Virgil Strickler, who is retiring.

Heffron comes to Ohio from his position as the Director of Dane County’s (Madison, Wis.) Alliant Energy Center, a multi-venue events center hosting agricultural and other large events in Wisconsin’s state capital.

“I am excited to welcome Adam Heffron back to Ohio to lead the next period of growth and development at the Ohio State Fair,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Adam has the experience and passion to make our state fair the best in the nation. He will lead the changes outlined in the Expo 2050 plan that will make our fairgrounds even better for fairgoers, exhibitors, and other visitors.”… Continue reading

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Ohio farmers elected to national roles

Ohio soybean farmers Steve Reinhard and Scott Metzger were recently elected to national leadership positions. 

Reinhard is an Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) board member, from Crawford County. He was elected to lead the national United Soybean Board (USB) as its chair. Reinhard has served on USB since 2017 and previously served as treasurer and vice chair as well as chair of the Demand Action Team.

“Congratulations to Steve on his newly elected position,” said Jeff Magyar, OSC chairman, who farms in Ashtabula County. “He is the perfect candidate to lead the national soybean checkoff during a time when the soybean industry is full of opportunity.”

Reinhard farms 1,300 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat in Bucyrus. In addition to his position on USB, he serves on the OSC board of trustees, where he has previously served as chairman, vice chairman and treasurer. In addition to his roles with OSC and USB, Reinhard also represented Ohio on the Soy Transportation Coalition board of trustees.… Continue reading

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YAP State Committee members named by Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Joe and Casey Everett of Shelby County, Mike Hannewald of Lucas County, John and Kacy Hummel of Franklin County and Emily Warnimont of Hancock County. Committee members are selected based on Farm Bureau involvement, leadership potential and community service.

The committee is composed of eight members or couples who suggest, develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young farmers and ag professionals to be more involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs. Duties include planning the yearly YAP winter leadership conference and hosting Young Agricultural Professionals in a variety of in- and out-of-state events.

The Everetts are part of a corn and soybean operation with Joe’s dad, uncle and cousin. Casey is a reading specialist with Troy City Schools and also serves as Student Council adviser, while Joe farms full-time and works with Ohio Ag Net Communications as a marketing specialist.… Continue reading

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Bailey promoted to senior vice president of operations and partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau

Michael Bailey of Marysville has been promoted to senior vice president of operations and partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this new role, Bailey will continue to manage the Strategic Partnerships Department and will have increased responsibility over organizational operations including managing the chief information officer and OFBF’s Technology Department, general counsel and human resources. His new responsibilities also will include aiding the executive vice president with strategic planning, striving for organizational efficiencies, and improved coordination.

Bailey, who has been Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of strategic partnerships since 2019, has extensive experience in building productive relationships, creating partnerships and attaining shared goals and applying those skills in numerous senior administrative positions within state government. Before his time at Farm Bureau, he served as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, executive director of the Livestock Care Standards Board, senior program manager for the marketing division, and executive director for the Office of Farmland Preservation.… Continue reading

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AgriPOWER announces next class

Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2023-2024 AgriPOWER Institute kicked off in November with 14 farmers and agribusiness professionals participating in Class XIV.

AgriPOWER is a program of Ohio Farm Bureau and designed for farmers and agribusiness professionals. It focuses on public issues that are relevant to the food industry such as consumer relations, regulations, energy and trade policies. In AgriPOWER, individuals develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture by learning from experts in these fields. 

Participants in this year are Blake Adams of Leesburg, Jenna Brown of Utica, Deirdre Christy of Carey, Heather Coen of New Concord, Cristen Cramer of Woodville, Mia Grimes of Saint Paris, Hattie Hartschuhof Nevada, Lisa Holding of London, Olivia Krumwiede of Wakeman, Alicia McCracken of Beach City, Brianna Smith of Shelby, Shaeley Swick of Utica, Mary Wilhelm of New Bavaria and Cora Willeke of Marengo.

“AgriPOWER XIV is poised to provide these budding leaders with a remarkable chance to delve into the intricate challenges that Ohio agriculture faces, all while fine-tuning their abilities as powerful advocates for the industry,” said Melinda Witten, director of AgriPOWER.… Continue reading

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Remembering Mark Sulc

Dr. Mark Sulc, a long-time member and contributor to the Agronomic Crops Network, passed away in September of 2023 following a two-year battle with glioblastoma. He retired from the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science last autumn, marking over 30 years as the Ohio State Forage Extension Specialist. His outreach activities expanded and disseminated knowledge on forage production and management systems for Ohio. Mark developed quality, in-depth training opportunities for Extension agents, industry professionals, and producers. Mark maintained an active research program throughout his career with a focus on forage crop management, especially in relation to disease and insect pests. He was an excellent collaborator and typically worked in multi-disciplinary groups involving partners at OSU and other universities, including collaborators in Brazil.

Mark remained active and productive throughout his career. It is noteworthy that he published seven refereed journal articles in his final three years of service. In addition, he was a significant contributor (co-PI) on a successfully funded USDA-AFRI project on, “Fall Armyworm Outreach and Research for Alfalfa Growers and Educators”, which has multiple years of funding remaining.… Continue reading

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