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Jersey Marketing Service hires two

On Dec. 5, National All-Jersey Inc., announced the hiring of two staff members for NAJ subsidiary, Jersey Marketing Service (JMS). Jason Robinson, principal of Orion Cattle Services, New Holland, has been named JMS manager. Erica Davis, Washington Court House, will assist with marketing and promotion for all JMS activities and provide on-site support for public auctions.

As manager, Robinson will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of JMS. He brings more than 20 years experience in livestock marketing to this position. Orion Cattle Services was established as a professional service provider to purebred cattle marketers in 1998, and he has steadily grown the business to work from 30 to 35 tie-up and commercial sales annually. He has worked extensively with the Guernsey Breeders Association; Modern Associates, St. Paris, Ohio; Brown Swiss Sale Service LLC, Lake Mills, Wis.; and since 2005, Jersey Marketing Service.

Robinson has served as a 4-H leader and as secretary-treasurer for the livestock and sale committees in Fayette County and is currently a director of the Ohio Milking Shorthorn Society.… Continue reading

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Kensinger to chair OSU animal sciences

After an extensive national search, Ronald S. Kensinger has been appointed chair of the Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences. Subject to the approval by the University’s Board of Trustees, his appointment will begin Jan. 1, 2012.

Kensinger has an extensive record of achievement in higher education. Most recently, he has served as department head and professor of the Department of Animal Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Previously, he served as professor of animal nutrition/physiology and associate director of the Intercollege Graduate Program in Nutrition at Penn State University.

Kensinger graduated with his bachelor of science degree in animal science and a master of science degree in dairy science from the University of Illinois – Urbana, and a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Florida. He is nationally renowned for his significant leadership contributions to academia and the animal sciences industry.

Joe Hogan has served as the department’s interim chair for the past year, with assistance from Jerry Bigham, who willingly postponed his retirement plans to provide additional leadership as the interim associate chair.… Continue reading

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NTPA honors Ohio members and organizations at annual banquet

The National Tractor Pullers Association held their annual banquet on December 3, 2011 in Columbus. Several Ohio members were honored and recognized for achievements this year.

 WPI Higher Education Scholarship: Audrey Fisher, Wapakoneta

Unlimited Champion & Unlimited Puller of the Year: Kathy Schalitz of Marietta. Driver of Black Widow.

25th Anniversary Enderle Pull-Off Appreciation Awards:

Qualified every year for 25 years-Paul & Jim Homan, Wauseon

Qualified the most with the same vehicle: Rick Peters, Thornville

Super Semi Champion and Puller of the Year: J.R. Collins of Chardon. Driver of Buckeye Bulldog.

Regional National Pull of the Year: Fulton County Fair, Wauseon

Super National Pull of the Year: National Tractor Pulling Championship, Bowling Green

 

 

 

 

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Ohio Farm Bureau Awards Members

The Ohio Farm Bureau recognized several of their members during the harvest banquet at their annual meeting on December 1st.

Pat Wheeler of Muskingum County was recognized for signing up 51 new members.

 

 

 

Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2011 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The award recognizes successful young farmers for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community.

The couple will compete in the national contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting in Honoluluin January.

The Heimerls raise hogs and manage their own trucking business and feed mill on their Licking County farm. They have served as chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team, are both alumni of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute leadership program, the DuPont Young Leaders program and are members of the American and Ohio Soybean Associations and the Pork Producers Council.… Continue reading

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Townsley inducted into OSU's Animal Sciences Hall of Fame

The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences has inducted Mike Townsley, president of BEF Foods, a subsidiary of Bob Evan Farms, Inc., into the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of those who have enhanced student education and enriched the animal sciences industry. Honorees have demonstrated superior skill and achieved success in the field of Animal Sciences. They have also practiced service to others through giving their time, energy and thoughtfulness in the local community.

Townsley earned his induction into the Hall of Fame through his continued leadership in the agribusiness community. A 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, Townsley distinguishes himself in his career as an innovator in the field of meat science, processing and marketing.

Townsley joined Bob Evans Farms as president and chief operating officer of Owens Foods, then Owens Country Sausage in 2003, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms since 1987.… Continue reading

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Townsley inducted into OSU’s Animal Sciences Hall of Fame

The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences has inducted Mike Townsley, president of BEF Foods, a subsidiary of Bob Evan Farms, Inc., into the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of those who have enhanced student education and enriched the animal sciences industry. Honorees have demonstrated superior skill and achieved success in the field of Animal Sciences. They have also practiced service to others through giving their time, energy and thoughtfulness in the local community.

Townsley earned his induction into the Hall of Fame through his continued leadership in the agribusiness community. A 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, Townsley distinguishes himself in his career as an innovator in the field of meat science, processing and marketing.

Townsley joined Bob Evans Farms as president and chief operating officer of Owens Foods, then Owens Country Sausage in 2003, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms since 1987.… Continue reading

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Berk named Farm Bureau organization director

Steve Berk has been named organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties.

As organization director, Berk 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.

Berk is a native of Licking County and raised 4-H pigs, lambs and turkeys. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania where he was a member of the biological sciences honor society. Prior to joining Farm Bureau, he served two years in Paraguay as an agricultural extensionist for the U.S. Peace Corp.

According to Brian Peach, OFBF vice president for organization, “Steve will be a great asset for our members in his district. We’re glad to have him join our team.”… Continue reading

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OSA elects 2011-12 officers

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Board of Trustees recently elected officers for 2011-12. Those elected to these positions are responsible for the implementation of board policies and procedures, as well as carrying out the roles for their respective office.

Bret Davis, Delaware County, was elected to his first term as president after serving two terms as vice president. Elected chairman was Jeff Wuebker, Darke County, who most recently served two terms as OSA president.

Other officers elected were: Jerry Bambauer, Auglaize County, vice president; Tom Price, Putnam County, treasurer; and Mike Heffelfinger, Van Wert County, secretary.… Continue reading

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United Producers Inc. recognizes local employee

United Producers Inc. (UPI), which operates livestock marketing facilities throughout the Midwest, has recognized the efforts of Logan Edenfield, senior regional manager, with its prestigious “Traveling Torch” award.

The award, given monthly by UPI to an individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution toward achieving the cooperative’s goals, was given to Edenfield for outstanding service to the cooperative and its members during the month of October.

“Logan received this award because he has clearly demonstrated his leadership, dedication and commitment to UPI and our members in several different ways,” said Dennis Bolling, president and CEO, UPI. “Specifically, he started a new sow auction at our Hillsboro market to accommodate several large hog producers in the area. Additionally, he played a significant role in the development of the Ohio Signature Beef/Whole Foods Program that allows farmers and consumers to interact, which not only benefits our members, but the agriculture community as a whole.”… Continue reading

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Hall elected president of American Ag Law Association

Members of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) elected Peggy Kirk Hall of The Ohio State University as its next president during the organization’s annual conference in late October. Hall is the director of Ohio State’s Agricultural and Resource Law Program.

“AALA is the only organization of its kind for attorneys who work in the agricultural field,” Hall said. “We have about 700 members across the country, and the organization just celebrated its 26th year.”

Hall, who administers the legal research and outreach program for OSU Extension and teaches agricultural law in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, said AALA was formed as a voice for attorneys active in agriculture.

She said the founding of the organization came at a time when farmers were particularly concerned with legal issues in agriculture.

“If you think back to the timing of its founding, that’s when a lot of farms were experiencing hardships and bankruptcy,” Hall said.… Continue reading

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Collingwood joins Select Sires’ staff

Select Sires Inc. has hired Cami Collingwood as the beef program marketing coordinator. In this role, she will manage office responsibilities, coordinate marketing and promotional campaigns for the beef program, assist with advertising, web communications and tradeshows, and assist customers and members with beef sire program requests.

“Collingwood brings a broad range of skills to the Select Sires beef team. Her marketing background will be useful for member organizations and beef specialists alike, and her organizational skills will be highly valued,” said Brian House, vice president and beef program manager. “With her marketing, graphic design, communications and customer service experience, we are excited to welcome Collingwood to the Select Sires family.”

Collingwood earned a bachelor of science in agricultural communications from The Ohio State University. She was a graphic designer at Ohio’s Country Journal for four years and most recently was employed at an association management company working with three professional associations.… Continue reading

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Collingwood joins Select Sires' staff

Select Sires Inc. has hired Cami Collingwood as the beef program marketing coordinator. In this role, she will manage office responsibilities, coordinate marketing and promotional campaigns for the beef program, assist with advertising, web communications and tradeshows, and assist customers and members with beef sire program requests.

“Collingwood brings a broad range of skills to the Select Sires beef team. Her marketing background will be useful for member organizations and beef specialists alike, and her organizational skills will be highly valued,” said Brian House, vice president and beef program manager. “With her marketing, graphic design, communications and customer service experience, we are excited to welcome Collingwood to the Select Sires family.”

Collingwood earned a bachelor of science in agricultural communications from The Ohio State University. She was a graphic designer at Ohio’s Country Journal for four years and most recently was employed at an association management company working with three professional associations.… Continue reading

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Croucher joins Southeastern Equipment

Southeastern Equipment Company is pleased to announce that Steven Croucher has joined the company as service manager for the Monroe branch. In his new position, Croucher is responsible for overseeing all service activities, including managing the workflow and maintaining excellent quality standards.

“We welcome Steven to the Southeastern team,” said Charlie Patterson, president of Southeastern Equipment. “He has tremendous experience with a variety of equipment and excellent quality management skills. We think he will have a huge impact on our service business in Monroe.”

Croucher has more than 15 years of technical experience with a wide range of equipment. Most recently, he was lead engineering technician for Armor Holdings prototype operations at BAE Systems Security and Survivability in Fairfield. He has completed certification training in the following areas: MIG, TIG, stick and acetylene welding; forklift and crane operation; drill press, Bridgeport mill, shear and brake press; rebuilding; six truck manufacturers’ programs; and engines, air systems, brakes, transmissions, and cooling systems.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau promotes Toland

Dan Toland has been promoted to director of digital strategy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He will be responsible for developing OFBF’s social media and Web strategies and tactics and for helping Farm Bureau members use social media to connect with each other and consumers.

Toland joined Ohio Farm Bureau in 2007 as a communications specialist, reporting and writing for the organization’s Our Ohio magazine and Buckeye Farm News newspaper. He has helped lead the organization’s development of social media programming and has become a nationally recognized leader in agriculture’s use of the medium. Prior to joining Farm Bureau he wrote for Farm World and The National Tractor Pullers Association. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.

“Social media is a tremendous tool for our organization and its members,” said Pat Petzel, OFBF vice president, communications. “Dan’s knowledge and enthusiasm is going to help us make this form of communication an even more important part of what we do at Farm Bureau.”… Continue reading

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ASA announces 2012 Young Leader class

The American Soybean Association (ASA), ASA state affiliates, and Pioneer, a DuPont business, have announced the 2012 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders, and Ohio’s Scott and Jamie Metzger, Williamsport, were on the list.

Part I of the Young Leader program will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2, at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and Part II will be held Feb. 28-March 3, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Young Leaders will be participate in media and advocacy training, communication style analysis, group case studies, tours of Pioneer research facilities, public speaking training, discussions with Pioneer executives on soybean markets, biotechnology, soybean product trait development, and network with the other producers in their class.

For more information on the ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program go to www.soygrowers.com/dyl or contact ASA Corporate Development Manager Michelle Siegel at 314-754-1328 or msiegel@soy.org.… Continue reading

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Zehringer moving to ODNR

Rumors have been floating around for a while now. Though there still has been no formal announcement regarding this issue, it seems fairly certain that Ohio Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer will be vacating his post at the request of Governor Kasich to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Some high ranking ODA officials will be going with Zehringer as well. A number  of candidates have been considered to replace Zehringer, but no one has been selected as of yet. Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols had no comment on the issue.

Though Zehringer has only served as ODA Director for a short time, it has been a productive and successful tenure by most accounts. He has overseen the final phases and implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Board’s standards and led an aggressive charge to attract new and expand existing agribusinesses in Ohio.

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Livestock Care Board members reappointed

Last month, Gov. John Kasich announced the following reappointments to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: Stacey R. Atherton, co-owner for Shipley Farms, Mount Vernon; Leon D. Weaver, DVM, Montpelier; Bobby D. Moser, dean of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Dublin; and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, Reynoldsburg.

All four will serve for a term beginning Oct. 25, 2011, and ending Jan. 25, 2014.… Continue reading

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CMA adds graphic designer

CMA recently welcomed graphic designer Jessie Ford to its growing team of communications professionals. Ford brings expertise in print design, publication layout, marketing, advertising, corporate identity and branding to CMA’s list of services.

“We are pleased to welcome Jessie as our firm’s first in-house designer,” said Charlie Arnot, CMA president. “Jessie’s knowledge of agriculture and food production, and her exceptional design skills will be an essential resource in helping our growing client roster build consumer trust in today’s food system.”

Prior to CMA, Ford spent three years as a graphic designer for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Most recently she worked as a designer for a marketing agency. Ford will work out of CMA’s office in Columbus.

Ford holds a bachelor of science in visual communications from Ohio University, where she majored in publication design. In her spare time, she competes in horse shows within the American Quarter Horse Association and National Barrel Horse Association.… Continue reading

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OFBF’s Gearhardt receives national award

Larry Gearhardt, long time employee of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), has received the Excellence in Agricultural Law Award from the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA). The award recognizes AALA members for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the agricultural community. AALA is the only national organization focusing on the legal needs of the agricultural community.

Over nearly 20 years of service, Gearhardt’s work as a Farm Bureau lobbyist, analyst and attorney was instrumental in many public policy achievements. He was a key contributor to Farm Bureau’s legislative efforts to transfer permitting authority for livestock farms from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Other accomplishments he contributed to include updates to Ohio’s line fence law, eminent domain legislation strengthening protection of landowner rights and various transportation issues such as weight variances and the use of slow moving vehicle signs and speed identification symbols.

Gearhardt also organized or spoke at hundreds of meetings on a variety of timely subjects including Ohio’s current agricultural use value (CAUV) program, agricultural district laws, oil and gas drilling, estate planning, and business succession planning.… Continue reading

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