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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:


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


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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Hicks named Farm Bureau organization director

Tim Hicks has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) organization director for Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland Counties.

Hicks will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and OFBF. He will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen the organization and enhance its ability to serve its members and affect positive change in their communities.

A native of Wood County, Ohio, Hicks previously was employed by the Schuyler County (New York) Watershed Protection Agency, the Soil and Water Conservation District and as an erosion control manager. He served as a village trustee and was active in various community organizations including the regional planning board. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in environmental science. He and his wife, Jenna, are the parents of two children.

“Tim’s experience in rural issues will be very valuable to Farm Bureau members, and he’ll be a great asset to the counties he serves,” said Keith Stimpert, OFBF’s senior vice president, organization.… Continue reading

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Cooper Farms honored by Meatingplace

Cooper Farms’ Gary Cooper received Meatingplace magazine’s industry leadership award, The Jewell, at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta on Wednesday, January 30.

The Jewell award, named for poultry industry pioneer Jesse Jewell, was established to recognize a company that truly exhibits innovation in poultry processing.

“Cooper Farms represents everything that the Jewell award stands for. The company is a constant innovator whose products, processes and overall approach to business have raised the standard of excellence for the entire poultry industry,” said Bill McDowell, editorial director of Meatingplace and its sister publications. “We look forward to the innovations that Cooper Farms will bring to the industry in the coming years.”

In recent years, Cooper Farms has embraced many new technologies. Their most recent additions stand 279 feet tall and are located north of the company’s Cooked Meats location in Van Wert, Ohio. The three wind turbines, added in 2011 and 2012, provide up to 75 percent of the plants electricity.… Continue reading

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Shultz elected to American Sheep Industry Association Board

Susan Shultz of De Graff, Ohio, was elected to represent Region III on the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Executive Board at the 2013 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 24-26. Region III represents Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to be our region’s representative to ASI,” Shultz said. “The sheep industry has a very bright future and I am happy to do my part to help provide leadership as we move the industry forward.”

Susan and her husband, Bill, operate Bunker Hill Farm, a third-generation diversified family farm. After raising registered Rambouillet sheep for 25 years, they have transitioned to a production-oriented Suffolk flock. They are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination.… Continue reading

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Dan Jackson Receives Ohio Farmland Preservation Ambassador Award

David Daniels, Director of Ohio Department of Agriculture, honored Dan Jackson and two other individuals with the Ohio Farmland Preservation Ambassador Award at the 13th Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit.  This is the highest recognition for preservation efforts given in the state.  Director Daniels pointed out that “Farmland preservation is important to everyone because it is the basic ingredient that provides food on our tables and keeps our economy strong”.

The three winners of the Ohio Farmland Preservation Ambassador Award have dedicated themselves to building local farmland preservation programs.  After a decade of partnership between the state and local partners there is now the permanent preservation of 50,000 acres of productive farmland in 55 counties.

Dan has been a Resource Conservation Technician with the Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District for over 12 years.  He has assisted numerous farmers, land trusts, and local, state and federal agencies to protect farmland through agricultural and conservation easements in Montgomery County. … Continue reading

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Brown and Gibbs chosen for the Wheat Advocate Award

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced their choices for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award, an award given annually to Members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Two of the recipients of the 2012 award are U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs.

As chair of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, Senator Brown fought for a sensible five-year farm package. He has continued his work to improve upon programs like ACRE and was a key supporter of developing a safety-net for farms during uncertain times like the drought that plagued the nation during 2012. He also openly challenged his colleagues to help bring the farm bill to the floor for a vote.

Congressman Gibbs was vocal in his support of a balanced five-year farm bill and continued to push for a compromise and final passage.… Continue reading

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Beck’s Hybrids purchases Imboden Farms

Beck’s Hybrids is pleased to announce the purchase of more than 4,000 acres along the Scioto River from Imboden Farms in Ross and Pickaway counties. The Beck-Imboden Ohio Farm includes fields south of Columbus and extends just north of Circleville to south of Waverly. As a large irrigated grain producer in the Midwest, Les and Carol Imboden founded Imboden Farms nearly 30 years ago and have been instrumental in designing and installing irrigation systems.

“Establishing the best succession plan for Imboden Farms was extremely important to Carol and I,” said Les Imboden, owner of Imboden Farms. “After being a 100% Beck’s Hybrids customer for several years, we approached the Beck family because of the outstanding business environment they’ve created.”

The Chillicothe Gazette reported that the deals with Imboden were for $20 million each in Ross and Pickaway counties. Imboden will remain as general manager of the Beck-Imboden Ohio Farm and become an employee of Beck’s Hybrids.… Continue reading

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$31,500 in scholarships awarded by Ohio AgriBusiness Association and George Greenleaf Agri-Industry Endowment

Each year, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust scholarship program awards scholarship dollars to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field attending The Ohio State University and Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, Clark State Community College and Wilmington College.

The scholarship fund is supported by donations from OABA member companies, and through three primary fundraising activities: a February Bowling for Scholarships event, and Golf for Scholarships outings in both June and August.

This year, OABA awarded $23,000 in scholarship dollars to the following individuals.

Clark State Community College

  • Shannon Bodey, St. Paris — Major: Agricultural Business
  • Kristi Levernier, South Charleston — Major: Agricultural Business
  • Kari Whitt, South Vienna — Major: Agricultural Business


The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

  • Michaela Becker, Dalton — Major: Business Management/Agricultural Commerce
  • Amanda Koch, Wapakoneta — Major: Agricultural Business
  • Danielle Snyder, Leesville — Major: Agricultural Commerce


The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

  • Lara Staples, Hamersville — Major: Dairy Science
  • Lauren Fehlan, Wellington, — Major: Animal Science
  • Amanda Haddix, South Vienna — Major: Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Amy Frost, Bloomingburg — Major: Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Zach Rapose, Ashtabula — Major: Agronomy
  • Joseph Schubert, Ney — Major: Agronomy
  • William Van Tassel, Reynoldsburg — Major: Ag Systems Management
  • Jackie King, Rockford — Major: Systems Management
  • Ethan Nicol, Plain City — Major: Ag Systems Management
  • Seth Erwin, Fayetteville — Major: Agribusiness and Applied Economics
  • Sarah Harder, Oak Harbor — Major: Agribusiness and Applied Economics
  • Jessica Rose, Conover —Major: Food Science
  • Sara Boyle, Weston —Major: Ag Communications


Wilmington College

  • Dylan Dobbs, Hillsboro
  • Makenzie Wippel, Orient — Major: Agronomy


This year, the George Greenleaf Agri-Industry Endowment awarded $8,500 in scholarship dollars to the following individuals.… Continue reading

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Ohio No-Till Council recognizes industry standouts

The Ohio No-Till Council today is recognizing a number of award winners today at the annual meeting in Plain City. No-Till Council president Dave Brandt and Kale Marketing presented the awards.

Outstanding No-till Farmer

Allen Dean was the Outstanding No-till farmer of 2012. Allen Dean (and wife Shelly) farm about 1,900 acres in Williams County. They grow soybeans and wheat. Allen has been no-tilling about 34 years. He began experimenting with cover crops in the 1980s, and has used them consistently the last 8 years.

Allen recently built, a 90-ft wide, high clearance cover crop seeder, using a Miller Nitro chassis so he can plant into a standing crop. He credits cover crops with recycling nutrients in the soil and making them more available to the next crop. Cover crops are especially beneficial during a drought.

Allen visited with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo shortly after he received the honor.

Allen Dean No till Farmer of the Year for 2012

Educator/Researcher Award

Jim Hoorman is receiving the no-till Educator/Researcher Award from the Ohio No-Till Council. … Continue reading

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Hutcheson named product manager for Seed Consultants, Inc.

Matt Hutcheson, Certified Crop Advisor, has been promoted to the position of Product Manager for Seed Consultants, Inc. As Product Manager, Matt will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of Seed Consultants’ agronomy staff, while working with SCI management to select hybrids and varieties for the Seed Consultants’ unique sales area. In addition, Matt will assist in organizing agronomic support & training for Seed Consultants personnel and customers.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics and a minor in Crop Science, Hutcheson has worked for Seed Consultants since 2010.

“Matt was hired as a Research Assistant, and has quickly showed an aptitude for detail and with a dairy back ground, Hutcheson is no stranger to work,”  said General Manager, Chris Jeffries. “Matt will play a vital role in the continued growth of SCI.”… Continue reading

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Wilson joins Seed Consultants

Seed Consultants, Inc., welcomes Casey Wilson as a new area seedsman covering central Ohio. Casey graduates in December with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Communication from The Ohio State University with a minor in Crop Science.

She was raised on a large grain farm in Madison County, Ohio and brings a strong background in agriculture to SCI. Also, Casey has completed several internships during her college career, is a former chapter President of the OSU – Sigma Alpha Sorority and was a past Ohio FFA State Officer.

“Casey comes from a really good family, is highly motivated and possesses a strong farm background. She’s exactly the kind of individual we want to build our company on.” said Stuart Yensel, Director of Sales and Marketing for Seed Consultants.… Continue reading

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Stott and Rengert appointed to Ag Credit Board of Directors

Ag Credit, Agricultural Credit Association, welcomed two new directors: Dr. David Stott and Daniel Rengert. Both were appointed as Outside Directors and bring with them a wealth of financial and business experience.

Dr. Stott, Ph.D., CPA, is currently the head of the Accounting Department at Bowling Green State University in Wood County. Dr. Stott also has an accounting business in Bowling Green, Ohio. Dr. Stott will also serve on the Audit Committee. His Ag Credit board term will expire in 2015.

Daniel Rengert is a former president, recently retired, of the world-known Overhead Door Company. In addition to his business leadership, he grew up and owns farmland in Morrow County. Rengert will serve on the Cooperative’s Governance Committee. His board term will expire in 2014.


Learn more at www.agcredit.com.… Continue reading

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