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Wright Law adds attorney

Wright Law Company welcomed agricultural attorney Kent Jorgensen to their firm.

Jorgensen grew up on a farm in Idaho, raising corn, wheat, hay, and pinto beans on his family’s farm; he also participated in FFA. understands the issues facing agriculture today. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2009. Jorgensen also worked for several years for Syngenta as a field manager for hybrid sweet corn seed production, he worked almost exclusively with migrant work crews coordinating communications and resolving disputes. Kent speaks Spanish fluently.

He attended Michigan State University College of law, with a focus on business and agricultural law, earning his J.D. degree in May 2013. His legal interests include business establishment, oil and gas law, contracts, real estate transactions, and farm labor mediation. Jorgensen worked as an intern for Wright Law over the summer of 2012, and Wright Law is happy to welcome him as the newest member of their team.… Continue reading

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Faulkner will represent Ohio as National FFA officer candidate

When she first joined the A.B. Graham FFA Chapter in eighth grade, Shelby Faulkner was a timid girl with no agricultural background. However, she soon discovered a passion for the industry and began her FFA story.

Faulkner became involved in her chapter by competing on teams, serving as chapter treasurer and president and completing Supervised Agricultural Experiences in livestock and crop entrepreneurship. Her excitement for the organization grew and she wanted to do more. In 2011, she became state sentinel on the Ohio FFA Officer Team. Faulkner’s love for the FFA evolved and she knew her time was not finished. She continued a consecutive year to serve the Ohio FFA Association as the 2012-2013 State FFA President.

Her term has concluded after attending first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum earlier this summer. What is next? Faulkner has just completed her Early Field Experience at Miami East FFA Chapter and is taking summer classes at The Ohio State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriscience education.… Continue reading

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Young Agricultural Professionals leaders named

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team: Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro, Andy and Danielle Burch of Salem, Brad Heimerl of Johnstown and Greg and Janet McGlinch of Versailles. As team members serving two year terms, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young people to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.

Nathan and Jennifer Brown are members of Highland County Farm Bureau, and Nathan serves as vice president. Both are active in county and statewide Farm Bureau activities. They operate a 900 acre grain farm along with an additional 400 acres of custom grain crops and hay. They also raise beef cattle. Jennifer is employed with the United State Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office. Nathan also serves as a township trustee. Both are active with their local church, Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Soybean Council.… Continue reading

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Harbage joins Rabo AgriFiance in Ohio

Rabo AgriFinance announces the appointment of Luke Harbage as senior relationship manager in Ohio. Harbage will work from the new office in Columbus, Ohio.

Rabo AgriFinance is a provider of capital and financial solutions to U.S. agricultural producers and agribusinesses. Harbage will work closely with farmers to provide them with the capital to purchase and operate their respective enterprises to help ensure their success.

“Luke brings over 9 years of experience in agriculture lending in the Ohio region,” says Larry Davis, vice president and team leader for Rabo AgriFinance. “Rabo AgriFinance has shown strong growth in the Ohio territory and adding Luke’s expertise will only add to that strength.”

Harbage’s previous lending experience includes providing financial products for Farm Credit Services Mid America, and is a graduate of Ohio State University.

“I look forward to bringing my experience and lending expertise to Rabo AgriFinance to help farmers and producers in Ohio,” says Harbage.… Continue reading

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2013 Farm Science Review Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Farm Science Review Hall of Fame will welcome its 24th class of inductees at the Vice President’s Luncheon on September 17 during the 2013 Review. Don Breece, Dan Kush and Marti Smith have been selected for induction in recognition of their contributions to the success of the Farm Science Review.

“The unique aspect of our show is that certain individuals take ownership of the Review, putting their heart and soul into changing things for the better,” said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review Manager. “Each of these inductees hold a special place in the show’s history and are very worthy of being recognized for their contributions to the Review.”

Don Breece 

Don retired from Ohio State University Extension in May after most recently serving as the Assistant Director of the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area. Don chaired both the Farm Science Review Program and Policy Committee and the Farm Science Review Steering Committee during his tenure as Assistant Director.… Continue reading

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OSU animal sciences professors honored

Steven Loerch, an animal nutrition professor at The Ohio State University, received the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award at the American Society of Animal Science National Awards Program. He focuses on management strategies that can improve the efficiency, profitability and nutritional quality of beef production.

Throughout his career, Loerch enhanced understanding of basic biological processes through applied beef cattle and sheep research. His research focuses on the following topics:

•Nutrition and management strategies for newly weaned calves

•Manipulation of intake to improve production efficiency and carcass characteristics

•Low-cost winter feeding programs for beef cattle and sheep

•Use of alternative feedstuffs as a replacement for high-priced corn.

In addition, Ohio State nutrition professor Maurice Eastridge was recognized with the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award at the American Dairy Science Association Awards program.… Continue reading

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Rabo AgriFinance adds to Ohio team

Rabo AgriFinance announces the addition of Seth Middleton as relationship manager in Ohio. Middleton will work from the newly opened office in Columbus.

Rabo AgriFinance is a provider of capital and financial solutions to U.S. agricultural producers and agribusinesses. Middleton will work closely with farmers to provide them with the capital to purchase and operate their respective enterprises to help ensure their success.

“Seth brings over 7 years of experience in agriculture lending,” says Larry Davis, vice president and team lead for Rabo AgriFinance. “Seth will join veteran Relationship Manager Marvin Denlinger in servicing Northwest Ohio, and adding his expertise will only add to that strength.”

Middleton’s previous experience includes providing customer service, credit and banking products for Farm Credit Mid America, and most recently for  Fifth Third Bank.

“I look forward to bringing my farm real estate, operating and lending expertise to Rabo AgriFinance to help farmers and producers in Ohio,” says Middleton.… Continue reading

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Andrew Allman OABA director of business operations

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has hired Andrew Allman as Director of Business Operations. The Director of Business Operations position is a new role within the OABA staff that will focus on financial management, day-to-day operations and overall member experience for the association.

“We are pleased to have Andrew on board,” said Chris Henney, OABA President and CEO. “The newly created position of Director of Business Operations will further enhance OABA’s ability to achieve strategic goals — and our members’ experience — and Andrew’s skills and experience are a perfect complement to that role.”

Andrew comes to OABA with extensive experience in public accounting. He spent more than seven years in public accounting, some of which focused on agribusiness. He began his professional career as a staff accountant with Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Company. Most recently, he served as a senior assistant accountant with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs.

Andrew was born in Tallmadge, Ohio, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Accounting & Business Pre-Law from Ohio University.… Continue reading

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Elchinger Wins Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

Bailey Elchinger of Deshler is the winner of the 2013 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Discussion Meet. She won the finals of the event during the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) Summer Reach Out event June 29 at Deer Creek State Park.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. Elchinger won $1,000 from Nationwide Insurance and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Antonio for the national Discussion Meet, where she will represent Ohio in the national competition.

Elchinger is a two-year member of the Henry County Farm Bureau and is a graduate of Michigan State University where she was active in Collegiate Farm Bureau. She lives on a row crop farm with her husband Nick. Elchinger works as a risk management consultant for FCStone.

The Discussion Meet is hosted by OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals — singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.… Continue reading

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Sherrill King Selected as FSA County Executive Director for Pickaway/Franklin County

Acting State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), David Drake, would like to announce that Sherrill King has been selected as the County Executive Director (CED) for the Pickaway/Franklin County FSA office.   Sherrill will begin her new duties on June 17, 2013.

Sherrill began to work for the FSA in 1986 as a Program Technician for Fairfield County.  She has been responsible for Compliance, Common Management, Appeals and the Global Information System.  Sherrill also assisted with Conservation, Production Adjustment, DCP, Price Support and Disaster programs.  In 1996, she departed from FSA to work from home and raise her children.

In 2001, Sherrill started part-time for FSA in Fairfield County as a Program Technician. While working part-time, she enrolled and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  In January 2007, she was selected into the County Operations Trainee (COT) program for Ohio and traveled throughout the state to study FSA programs and learn county office operations. … Continue reading

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Select Sires Inc. hires Jordan Simonson as Multimedia Communications Specialist

JordanJordan Simonson has joined Select Sires as a multimedia communications specialist. He will be responsible for creating interactive media including video, administering the corporate training site, coordinating audio projects and managing audio and visual needs for meetings and conferences. Simonson will be based in the Plain City, Ohio office.

“I am delighted to welcome Jordan into the Select Sires family. With a strong passion for the dairy industry and relevant communications experience he will make an excellent addition to the communications team,” explains Shirley Kaltenbach, Select Sires director of communications.

Simonson is a May 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences communication and agricultural and applied economics. While in college Simonson took on an active role with the National Agri-Marketing Association and Collegiate FFA. He participated in several communications internships where he honed his design and multimedia skills.

“I am excited to join Select Sires,” says Simonson.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace High School graduate receives AGCO-Sponsored FFA Collegiate Scholarship

AGCO is the sponsor of a National FFA Collegiate Scholarship awarded to Judith Straathof of Miami Trace High School in Washington Court House, Ohio. Straathof is one of 18 outstanding FFA members to receive a scholarship sponsored by AGCO and AGCO Finance, said Jason Marx, vice president of marketing, AGCO North America. Scholarships were provided through the 2012–2013 FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. 

“These students are selected based on the leadership they have shown in their schools and communities and for their academic excellence,” Marx said. “FFA played a major role in helping them set and achieve their goals. Now, AGCO is proud to help support them in their continuing efforts to excel.”

For the 2012-2013 FFA scholarship year, AGCO and more than 60 of the company’s dealers also provided 121 $1,000 scholarships to deserving FFA members in each dealer’s local community. This endeavor began in 2011 and involves financial contributions from the local dealer and AGCO.… Continue reading

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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


“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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