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Clinton and Jefferson Co. residents testify before ag committee

Two Ohioans will testify before the Senate Agriculture Committee during a hearing on energy and rural development on Feb. 15, entitled “Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America.”U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee who will hear testimony from Mark Rembert, co-director of Energize Clinton County and director of the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, and Chuck Fluharty of Smithfield, President and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute and Professor at the Truman School of Public Affairs.

“Agriculture and energy innovation are as natural to Ohio as the cardinal and buckeye,” Brown, chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy, said. “That’s why new efforts to grow Ohio’s clean energy industry in rural areas are a boon not only to our economy, but also to our commitment to create new jobs. Developing biofuels will empower Ohio communities to lead the innovation and energy independence that America needs to out-compete the rest of the world.”
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Matt Kleski selected as specialist for the Ohio Farm Service Agency

State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, would like to announce Matt Kleski has been selected as the Key Agricultural Program Specialist for the Production Adjustment, Compliance and Risk Management Section in Ohio at FSA’s State office.  Matt will serve as the Key Agricultural Program Specialist to manage and direct the administration of disaster assistance programs, payment eligibility and limitations, compliance and risk management programs.  Matt replaces Rick Borland who retired as the FSA Production Adjustment, Compliance and Risk Management Program Chief in December 2011.  Matt began his new duties on February 13, 2012.

Matt graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics.  Upon graduation, he was employed as the Director of Communications and Promotions for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio Beef Council. In 2004, he graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Education, where he also worked for WVU Extension, Risk Management.… Continue reading

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Kensinger named new OSU animal science chair

As part of his new role as chair of Ohio State University’s Department of Animals Sciences, Ronald S. Kensinger plans to create new partnerships, boost the department’s fundraising efforts and increase the amount of access to hands-on research opportunities for students.

“I want to engage stakeholders to come to an agreement to build state-of-the-art, hands-on, research opportunities so that when students graduate they’ll be ready to help businesses here in Ohio continue to excel in the future,” he said. “We have an extremely strong animal sciences program here at Ohio State, and I’m looking forward to finding ways to make it even stronger.”

Kensinger began his duties Jan. 1. He most recently served as professor and head of the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, where he helped raise $1.6 million in new endowed student scholarships. He also helped raise funds for six endowed chairs or professorships for the department during his four-year tenure.… Continue reading

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Reese named editor of Ohio's Country Journal

Matt Reese has been named the editor of Ohio’s Country Journal.

Reese has been with Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999, working in a variety of capacities including writing,

photography, editing, and managing web content. Reese has a Bachelor of Science in the field of Agricultural Communications and a Master of Science in the field of Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University.

“Matt has been a real asset during his time with us,” said Bart Johnson, the publisher and owner. “We hired him right out of college and I have watched him grow and mature in this industry. I am very excited about the future of Ohio’s Country Journal under the leadership of Matt Reese.”

At a time in Ohio agriculture when the future has never been brighter, the entire staff at Ohio’s Country Journal is poised to deliver the latest news through print, e-mail and online sources in an effort to best serve Ohio agriculture.… Continue reading

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Reese named editor of Ohio’s Country Journal

Matt Reese has been named the editor of Ohio’s Country Journal.

Reese has been with Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999, working in a variety of capacities including writing,

photography, editing, and managing web content. Reese has a Bachelor of Science in the field of Agricultural Communications and a Master of Science in the field of Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University.

“Matt has been a real asset during his time with us,” said Bart Johnson, the publisher and owner. “We hired him right out of college and I have watched him grow and mature in this industry. I am very excited about the future of Ohio’s Country Journal under the leadership of Matt Reese.”

At a time in Ohio agriculture when the future has never been brighter, the entire staff at Ohio’s Country Journal is poised to deliver the latest news through print, e-mail and online sources in an effort to best serve Ohio agriculture.… Continue reading

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IAS Hires Davis as Newest Member of Crop Advising Team

Integrated Ag Services (IAS), an agronomic services consulting firm based in Milford Center, Ohio, announced today the addition of Grant Davis to its Crop Advising Team.

Davis’ primary responsibility will be to provide agronomic consulting services to IAS’ northeast territory and help introduce more farmers to IAS and its family of products and services in western Champaign and eastern Miami counties. 

“Grant’s training as an educator will help him serve our customers in a unique way,” said David Scheiderer, owner of IAS. “He has solid experience in the fertilizer and seed industry. When combined with Grant’s ability to break down information to teach our clients about what they need and how to best use their resources, he is going to be an incredible asset to our farmers.” 

Davis received his B.S. in Agriculture Education from the Ohio State University in 2006. After graduation, he took a job with Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed and, a year later, began working with Monsanto as a research assistant in the Corn Breeding program.… Continue reading

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Clark is AAW officer

American Agri-Women (AAW) recently elected officers at the group’s 36th annual convention in Wichita, Kan. Ohio’s Peggy Clark, Dayton, was elected treasurer.

AAW is a national coalition of more than 40,000 farm, ranch and agribusiness women, representing 60 state and commodity affiliates. Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and provide networking and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit www.americanagriwomen.org.… Continue reading

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OABA welcomes Davis-Haines as director of communication, member education

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) has hired Angela Davis-Haines as director of communication and member education. The position is a new role within the OABA staff that will focus on providing comprehensive communication for the association, while also providing leadership and direction for OABA educational programs, including workshops, seminars and conferences.

“We are pleased to have Angela on board,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “The newly created position of director of communications and member education will further enhance OABA’s service to our members, and Angela’s skills, background and passion for the agricultural industry are a perfect complement to that role.”

Davis-Haines comes to OABA with extensive experience in agricultural communications, media relations, event planning as well as firsthand knowledge of Ohio agriculture. She began her professional career with Cochran Group, Inc., as a public relations account coordinator, where she worked on a number of accounts, including the Ohio Poultry Association.… Continue reading

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Wells is new Farm Bureau communications specialist

Callie Wells has been named communications specialist by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). She’ll contribute to the organization’s Web and multimedia team, focusing on communications through OFBF’s website, e-newsletters and participation in social media. She also will write and do photography for Our Ohio magazine and Buckeye Farm News, Ohio Farm Bureau’s consumer and farm publications.

Wells grew up in rural Butler County. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a dual degree in animal science and agricultural education and is nearing completion of her master’s degree in agricultural communications also from Ohio State. She’s a volunteer for local and state 4-H programs and is active with a local FFA Alumni organization.

According to Pat Petzel, vice president, communications for Ohio Farm Bureau, Wells will be an important part of carrying out a priority expressed by members. “The online conversation is growing everyday, and our members want us to be a part of it.… Continue reading

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Ohio-related youth contest results from NCBA Convention

Young cattlemen and women participating in youth public speaking, marketing and quiz bowl contests were awarded Feb. 2 for their successes in Nashville, Tenn., at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show. More than 220 young people participated in the annual youth program.

Helping prepare young people for future leadership roles to move the needle on beef demand and protect the industry’s business environment is in alignment with the industry’s long range plan, said Jeffrey Mingus, an Arizona beef producer and co-chairman of the NCBA Youth Task Force.

Several Ohio youth were recognized for their efforts. Sarah Johnson, Marysville, took second place in the Youth Public Speaking contest for ages 15 to 19. In the Team Marketing-Senior Division, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association team of Sarah Johnson, Jessica Harsh and Sarah Simpson finished third.

The National Block and Bridle Club and the Young Beef Industry Congress met in conjunction with the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention, increasing the youth presence to more than 1,000, according to Lorie Liddicoat, manager of NCBA’s youth competition program.… Continue reading

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association honors friends, leaders

Members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) gathered in Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 28 for their annual Awards Banquet. Award recipients were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 300 producers and leaders in the beef industry assembled at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio on Jan. 28, 2011 for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) annual meeting and awards banquet. The event featured policy development sessions, OCA’s annual meeting and the OCA’s award banquet. Following the banquet comedian Drew Hastings entertained the crowd with his stories of learning to be a cattleman.

“With record cattle prices helping generate positive attitudes, OCA members came together to conduct association business, recognize their peers and enjoy socializing,” says Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director.

Colin Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Governmental Affairs, gave an update on NCBA activities as well as discussed many of the issues NCBA is working on for the beef industry.… Continue reading

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Ohio farmer earns inaugural TFI 4R Advocate honor

Last fall, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) launched the inaugural 4R Advocate Program to recognize agricultural retailers and agricultural producers that are leading the way when it comes to implementing 4R nutrient stewardship on the farm.

Thirty-seven retail facilities submitted grower nominations for the program. From those nominated, TFI selected five 4R grower advocates, and one of them is an Ohioan. Paul Loyer of Loyer Farms, Marion, operates a 3,000-acre corn, wheat and soybean farm. Morral Companies, Morral, nominated Loyer for the award.

Grower advocates and the retailer nominator received an expense paid trip to the 2012 Commodity Classic, which will take place March 1-3 in Nashville, Tenn. While in Nashville, the growers and retailers will be honored during an awards banquet that will be hosted by TFI. They also will join TFI staff in the 4R nutrient stewardship booth, which will be on display at the Commodity Classic tradeshow. Additionally, TFI will work with the winning growers and their retailers to explore future outreach opportunities for the inaugural year of this program.… Continue reading

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Gebhardt is chief of ODNR Division of Soil & Water Resource

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director James Zehringer has announced Karl Gebhardt as chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil & Water Resources. Gebhardt has an extensive background in natural resources management and policy development.

Gebhardt was one of the first employees of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. From there he went on to serve as a legislative liaison for ODNR Director Robert Teater. Gebhardt has served as director of local affairs for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation where he advised landowners on policy issues relating to local government, land use, and natural resources; executive director of the Office of Farmland Preservation during the Voinovich Administration; owner of Gebhardt & Associates Inc.; and a senior vice president with Paul Werth Associates.

He has worked with a variety of professional organizations and advisory councils, including The Ohio State University Rural-Urban Policy Advisory Council, the Natural Resource Conservation State Technical Committee, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Environmental Advisory Committee, and the National Advisory Board of the University of Findlay’s National Center of Excellence for Environmental Management.… Continue reading

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Gebhardt is chief of ODNR Division of Soil & Water Resource

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director James Zehringer has announced Karl Gebhardt as chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil & Water Resources. Gebhardt has an extensive background in natural resources management and policy development.

Gebhardt was one of the first employees of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. From there he went on to serve as a legislative liaison for ODNR Director Robert Teater. Gebhardt has served as director of local affairs for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation where he advised landowners on policy issues relating to local government, land use, and natural resources; executive director of the Office of Farmland Preservation during the Voinovich Administration; owner of Gebhardt & Associates Inc.; and a senior vice president with Paul Werth Associates.

He has worked with a variety of professional organizations and advisory councils, including The Ohio State University Rural-Urban Policy Advisory Council, the Natural Resource Conservation State Technical Committee, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Environmental Advisory Committee, and the National Advisory Board of the University of Findlay’s National Center of Excellence for Environmental Management.… Continue reading

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OARDC’s Yebo Li receives OSU innovator award

Yebo Li, a biosystems engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, recently received Ohio State University’s Early Career Innovator of the Year Award for his work on the development and commercialization of bio-based energy and industrial products.

Now in its second year, the university’s Innovator of the Year program was started to support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State scientists. It recognizes researchers who are working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed, or spin-off companies formed.

“We are very pleased that the excellence of Yebo Li’s research and its impact on the state of Ohio was recognized by Ohio State University’s Office of Research,” said OARDC Director Steve Slack. “We take great pride in the contributions of our scientists and the fact that many of their contributions impact the economic future of Ohio.”… Continue reading

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OARDC's Yebo Li receives OSU innovator award

Yebo Li, a biosystems engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, recently received Ohio State University’s Early Career Innovator of the Year Award for his work on the development and commercialization of bio-based energy and industrial products.

Now in its second year, the university’s Innovator of the Year program was started to support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State scientists. It recognizes researchers who are working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed, or spin-off companies formed.

“We are very pleased that the excellence of Yebo Li’s research and its impact on the state of Ohio was recognized by Ohio State University’s Office of Research,” said OARDC Director Steve Slack. “We take great pride in the contributions of our scientists and the fact that many of their contributions impact the economic future of Ohio.”… Continue reading

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Reeder recognized at National No-till conference

Syngenta and No-Till Farmer magazine recognized the 16th class of No-Till Innovator Award winners at a banquet held during the National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis, Jan. 11-14, 2012.
The 2011 No-Till Innovators include Ohio State University Extension’s Randall Reeder in the area of Research and Education. Reeder recently retired as an agricultural engineer and is considered one of the leading research and education advocates for conservation tillage and no-till. His main areas of expertise are in conservation tillage and soil compaction. He has established no-till research plots at the OSU Hoytville Research Station and initiated an annual conference, now known as the Conservation Tillage Conference, which in 2011 drew 1,024 participants. He chaired the team that in 1992 published the Conservation Tillage Systems Management Handbook for the Midwest Plan Service and also co-authored an 85-page chapter on conservation practices in a book published by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.… Continue reading

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Randy McCabe joins Southeastern as branch manager

Southeastern Equipment Company is pleased to announce that Randy McCabe has joined the company as branch manager in Perrysburg. In his new position, McCabe is responsible for overseeing all parts, service and sales activities.

“We welcome Randy to the Southeastern team,” said Charlie Patterson, president of

Southeastern Equipment. “He has extensive management experience in a variety of industries and has consistently exceeded goals. We are looking for significant contributions from him to grow our business in northwestern Ohio.”

McCabe has more than 31 years of technical experience with a wide range of equipment. Most recently, he was sales and operations manager for Sparks Commercial Tire in Findlay, where he was in charge of the Mobile Lube and Air Conditioning Division.

McCabe has earned technical certifications in the following areas: engine diagnostics, asphalt pavers, advanced hydraulics, 3116 engines, vehicle power systems, hydrostatic loaders, E-Series Excavators, hydraulic excavators, applied failure analysis, paving products, paving profilers and IMACA.… Continue reading

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Ohio Corn Marketing Program officers named

The Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) has announced new officers for 2012 who will collectively represent and promote the industry success of Buckeye State corn and work on behalf of the state’s corn growers. The new officers are: Chairman Paul Herringshaw, Bowling Green; Vice Chairman Mark Schwiebert, Hamler, Secretary Brian Harbage, South Charleston; and Treasurer Les Imboden, Ashville.

“I’m confident that our new officers will help develop and expand markets for corn to financially safeguard Ohio’s corn producers,” said OCMP Interim Executive Director Tadd Nicholson.

The new officers are responsible for monitoring and taking action regarding legislative issues about the education, transportation, risk-management and industrial demand of the sector. Ohio corn production supports nearly 34,000 jobs, generates nearly $359 million in labor income, and contributes nearly $1.5 million to the state’s GDP (value-added). Ohio produced an estimated 511 million bushels of corn in 2011.… Continue reading

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Barrick joins FLM advisory board

R. Kirby Barrick, current faculty member and former Dean of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida, joins Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland’s (FLM) advisory board. The FLM Board of Advisors provides outside strategic counsel both for the agency’s growing list of clients and its expanding staff. Members of the board contribute to select client projects and convene throughout the year to offer strategic advice to the agency.

Barrick, an Ohio native, was named chair of the Department of Agricultural Education at Ohio State University in 1989. For more than two years he also served as assistant director of OSU Extension for 4-H Youth Development. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural education from Ohio State University and is a former Ohio FFA state president.

Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland is a strategic marketing and communications company serving clients who specialize in the business of agriculture and the life of rural communities.… Continue reading

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