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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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Ohio State names Rob McClelland distinguished alumni

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board of Directors of The Ohio State University names Rob McClelland a “Distinguished Alumnus.”

The award honors those living alumni who personify the college’s tradition of excellence, bringing distinction to themselves and to their alma mater through their outstanding achievements.

McClelland currently serves as President and CEO of FLM+, a strategic marketing and communications company. Rob is a 1992 Agricultural Economics graduate of OSU.

He has overseen the tremendous growth of FLM+ as a major stockholder, including building a team of more than 50 talented professionals in just six years out of its headquarters in Columbus, OH, and branch offices in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, St. Louis, Bloomington, IL, and Des Moines.

Rob has led a brand culture that is attracting some of the most recognized talent and clients in the business to join FLM+ as they excel together in agricultural thought leadership on a global platform.… Continue reading

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Kern joins Ohio Farm Bureau public policy staff

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

Kern will represent Ohio Farm Bureau members before the Ohio General Assembly and various state agencies and departments. He also will provide legislative and regulatory analysis aimed at strengthening policy objectives established by OFBF’s members.

Kern previously filled various policy and legislative roles with the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus, several state senators and for the office of U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. He is a graduate of Wright State University with a degree in social sciences. He is active in his local community and is currently an officer candidate with the Ohio Army National Guard. Kern and his wife, Amie, are the parents of two children.

“Farm Bureau members are very engaged in the political and legislative process, and Brandon will be a great asset in helping them achieve their goals. We’re glad to have him on our team,” said Adam Sharp, OFBF’s vice president of public policy.… Continue reading

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Hamilton joins Evolution Ag

Evolution Ag LLC, a Case IH dealership with locations in Circleville, Delaware, Utica and Upper Sandusky announced that Chad Hamilton has recently joined the company leading the Sprayer and Service Division. Jim Henkel, Chairman said “Chad is well known and respected throughout Ohio and Michigan. He brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience and is an important addition to the Evolution Ag team.” Henkel went on to say that Hamilton’s leadership will allow Evolution Ag to not only market the Case IH Patriot sprayer but also provide outstanding service support.

Hamilton has had extensive training and experience supporting Case IH Patriot sprayers and floaters, Raven, Ag Leader, Ag Chem, John Deere, Apache, Wilmar, New Leader and Norac equipment lines. He will lead the sprayer division for Evolution Ag while based in Delaware, Ohio.

Hamilton said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to join Evolution Ag. They bring an excellent reputation and tradition of servicing customers in Ohio and I am impressed with their commitment to growing the sprayer and service division.”… Continue reading

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Schmachtenberger new FSA county director for Wyandot County

State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, would like to announce that Charlotte Schmachtenberger has been selected as the County Executive Director (CED) for the Wyandot County FSA office.  Charlotte will begin her new duties on March 11, 2013.

Following graduation from high school in 1979, Charlotte continued to work on her family farm raising beef and dairy cattle.  She was responsible for daily milkings, maintaining the breeding and birth records and drying off the dairy cows between lactations until 1982.  In 1980, Charlotte began to work for Thorne’s Super Duper Supermarket as a Deli Clerk.

Charlotte began to work for FSA in 1990, as a Program Technician for Carroll County.  She was responsible for multiple program areas including; Compliance, Geographic Information System (GIS), Common Programs, Disaster Programs, Non-Insured Assistance Program, Direct and Counter-cyclical Programs (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE), and Payment Eligibility.

In 2011, Charlotte was selected into the County Operations Trainee (COT) program for Ohio.… Continue reading

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OABA inaugural LAUNCH class graduates 21 members

Congratulations to the 21 Ohio AgriBusiness Association member graduates who successfully completed the 2013 inaugural LAUNCH — or Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights — class. These agribusiness leaders were selected by their companies to undergo a robust executive leadership development program, which was created in partnership with Wilt PR to help our member companies fill the looming void of leadership talent as more than 50 percent of our workforce retires in the next 15 years.

Congratulations to the 2013 LAUNCH class graduates:

  • Jill Boyd — Morral Companies, LLC Sales/Project Manager
  • Julie Burris — Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Inc. Propane Division Manager
  • Scott Crowder — Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Inc. CFO
  • Daniel DeMartis — Solce Fertilizer Company Operations/Sales Manager
  • Grant Gates — Morral Companies, LLC Sales Representative
  • Seth Gerber — Gerber & Sons, Inc. Retail Store Manager
  • Logan Haake — Deshler Farmers Elevator Company Precision Technology Coordinator
  • Monty Heiby — Mercer Landmark, Inc.
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LeJeune New Food Animal Health Director at Ohio State

Jeff LeJeune knows the value of collaboration.

The newly appointed director of Ohio State University’s Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) has teamed up on research and other projects with faculty from across the university since his arrival in Wooster in 2001.

FAHRP is housed on the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the research arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. LeJeune took the reins as director on Feb. 1. Like his predecessor, Mo Saif, LeJeune is now also assistant dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Trained as a veterinarian and a microbiologist, LeJeune is now leading a team of about 75 faculty, staff and students focused on the health of food-producing animals.

“So many people still have the idea that all veterinarians do is care for cats and dogs,” LeJeune said. “But vets play major roles in food safety, food production and animal welfare.”… Continue reading

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Ohio AgriBusiness Association announces Board of Directors

Appointed members of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Board of Directors recently counted ballots for the election of Directors for OABA. We had an exceptionally good slate of nominees this year and several of the races were very close! The new or returning board member(s) in each category are as follows:

Feed

Andy Swerlein, Luckey Farmers, Inc. (re-elected)

Member-At-Large

David Barrett, Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham and Eselgroth LLP (re-elected)

Greg Garman, Garman Feed & Supply Inc (new)

 A full list of the 2013 OABA Board of Directors:

  • David C. Barrett with Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP
  • Jill Boyd with Morral Companies, LLC
  • Walter Burd with Town & Country Co-op Inc.
  • David Case with Bayer CropScience
  • Doug Busdeker with The Andersons, Inc.
  • Jim Collins with Independent Ag Equipment
  • Greg Garman with Garman Feed & Supply Inc
  • Jack Heim with Menncograin
  • Nathan Louiso with AgriGold Hybrids
  • Herb Mayer with Trupointe Cooperative, Inc.
  • Paul Riehm with Bunge North America
  • Mark Sunderman with Deshler Farmers Elevator Company
  • Andy Swerlein with Luckey Farmers, Inc.
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Labig hired as new marketing specialist

Risë Labig, from Greenville, was hired as a new marketing specialist for Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net. She grew up on a dairy farm in Seneca County and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.

She met her husband, Scott, at an Ohio Flying Farmer Convention while she was the International Flying Farmer Farmerette. They now reside on a grain farm in Darke County and have one son, Preston, who is a mobile Android programmer in Columbus. She was a graduate of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s first Agri-Power Class. She has been very active in 4-H as both a member and advisor and she is an honorary FFA member. She most recently worked as a grain buyer for the Anderson’s Ethanol plant in Greenville.

She is excited to be a part of the Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net team and will be focusing on radio, print and online sales in Western Ohio.… Continue reading

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Trevor Kerr chosen as the FSA County Executive Director in Crawford County

State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, would like to announce that Trevor Kerr has been selected as the County Executive Director (CED) for the Crawford County FSA office effective December 17, 2012.

Trevor grew up on a farm in southern Knox County, which included cattle, hogs, row crops, hay and the custom farming operation.  Growing up Trevor was active in 4-H at the Hartford fair in Licking County.  Trevor graduated from Ohio University (OU) in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.  While in school, Trevor worked in a variety of capacities at the Park National Bank Corporation including as a Proof Editor, Correction Clerk and then as the Assistant Supervisor in the Item Processing Department for the Park National Bank Corporation. As Assistant Supervisor, Trevor oversaw the daily balancing and currency exchange with the Federal Reserve and other local financial institutions. While attending OU, Trevor also worked at Sharp Arabian in Zanesville, Ohio.… Continue reading

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Snyder appointed National FFA milk quality and products superintendent

Dave Snyder of Ashland was appointed as the National FFA Superintendent of the Milk Quality and Products career development event effective in 2013.  The first official responsibility of this position was to attend the National CDE Superintendent Meeting in  Louisville, Kentucky.  There are 27 Career Development Events held at the National level each year hosting contestants of teams from all state in the United States.

Snyder served as interim superintendent for the year in 2012.  It is  the responsibility of the superintendent to attend the January superintendent meeting, and conduct the summer organizational meeting for that particular committee in charge of the Milk Quality and Products CDE. Here the decisions are made concerning organization, preparation, implementation, and revisions of the contest so that the contest can be conducted at the National FFA Convention each year. The 2012 national contest was held in Indianapolis, IN and will be moved to Louisville, KY in 2013.… Continue reading

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Bonham joins Baxla Tractor sales force

Baxla Tractor Sales, Inc.  announces Gus Bonham as the newest member of its Washington Court House store sales team.  Bonham, a senior at The Ohio State University, has been directly involved in farming his entire life and is a 6th generation Fayette County farmer.

He will assist customers in all of Baxla Tractor Sales product lines and services from heavy equipment to lawn and garden to financing options.  Customers can meet Gus at Baxla Tractor Sales 2013 Open House celebration, Saturday, March 2nd at the Washington Court House location, 2312 US HWY 22 N.W.

Baxla Tractor Sales has served Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky farmers since 1946 with quality equipment, parts and service from its Seaman and Washington Court House, Ohio locations.  For more information go to www.baxlatractor.com or call 740-335-8821.… Continue reading

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Ohio grower Gary Wolfe wins Beck 300 Challenge

Even with the extreme drought many farmers experienced across the Midwest, the top five participants averaged 265 bushels per acre. Gary Wolfe from Nevada, Ohio, is the winner of the 2012 Beck 300 Challenge, with a yield of 291.40 bushels per acre with BECK 6077HR.

“Not only was this my first year to participate in the Beck 300 Challenge, but it was my first year to plant Beck’s Hybrids,” said Gary Wolfe, 2012 Beck 300 Challenge winner. “Typically this field produced good yields, averaging between 180 bushels per acre to 200 bushels per acre, but I have never achieved a yield as high as 291 bushels per acre.”

“The goal of the Beck 300 Challenge is to provide farmers with an opportunity to challenge their own management practices and push the envelope in order to reach higher yields,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s Hybrids. “Then, they can take what they learned and apply it to the rest of their farm to increase their whole farm average.”… Continue reading

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