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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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Farm Credit election results

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, a $17.5 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 92,500 farmers and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee, has announced that five customer-members have been elected to the organization’s Board of Directors.

The elected board members include new members Kaye Hurst Whitehead of Muncie, Ind., and Brandon Robbins of Cookeville, Tenn. The incumbents are Dan Flanagan of Campbellsville, Ky., and Andrew Wilson of Somerset, Ohio. Their terms run through October 2015. Additionally, Kathryn Eschbacher-Timberlake of Mauckport, Ind., was elected to fill a vacancy on a two-year term. Her term runs through October 2013.

They are a part of an 18-person board who meet monthly in Louisville, Ky., the cooperative’s headquarters, where they set policies and the overall direction for the association. Additionally, Farm Credit owner-members elected a 20-person nominating committee who will meet next June to select candidates for the 2012 cooperative elections. More than 8,000 members cast ballots in the elections.… Continue reading

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Siegel is Producers Credit Corporation VP of credit

Bob Siegel was named vice president of Credit for Producers Credit Corporation (PCC) effective Sept. 26. As vice president of Credit, Siegel will provide strategic direction and leadership for the cooperative’s financing solutions as well as the regional credit officers and corporate PCC staff.

“We are looking forward to having Bob as a part of our senior management team,” said Dennis Bolling, president and CEO of United Producers Inc. (UPI). “His extensive banking and finance credentials will be a great asset to UPI, its members and employees.”

Most recently, Siegel was an officer at a commercial bank in Mansfield, Ohio. Siegel and his wife, Kim, reside in Bucyrus along with their four children. He grew up on a farm near Johnstown.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members shine at National FFA Convention

The National FFA Association has an all time record membership announced at the National Convention in Indianapolis – 540,379 FFA members. Despite the increased competition from more FFA members from around the country than ever before, Ohio is holding its own in terms of national level competitors.

“One thing that the Ohio FFA is very excited about is that we have 14 national proficiency finalists this year, which is the most we’ve had in a long time,” said Leah Amstutz, the executive secretary of the Ohio FFA Association. “We also have the Ridgemont FFA chapter that did very well and we have several Chapters like the Fayetteville Chapter and the Versailles Chapter that will be recognized for being three star chapters in the national chapter award program.”

In addition, Ohio has a National Officer finalist with Amy Jo Frost and competitors in the National Ag Issues Forum and the speaking contest.… Continue reading

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Mourning the loss of Dr. Judy Sanders

Champaign County and Ohio agriculture is mourning the loss of Dr. Judy Sanders, the wife of noted veterinarian Don “Doc” Sanders. She passed away with Doc at her side on the morning of Oct. 15, 2011.

With her husband, she served as the Champaign County Fair veterinarian for 37 years where she not only treated sick livestock projects and counseled young exhibitors, but also was an avid supporter of 4-H and its ideals.

She was born Oct. 2, 1944 to Elmer and Hazel (Foor) Sauerbrei in Amanda, Ohio. She grew up on the family farm with an avid interest in animals. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Amanda-Clearcreek High School in 1962.

Judy met Don upon entry into veterinary college and married him four years later on March 17, 1968. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1968, the young couple started a practice at Urbana after graduation – a very unorthodox decision for the times.… Continue reading

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Hall named Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

Anna Hall has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) organization director for Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Pickaway and Ross counties. She will work with county Farm Bureau leaders to improve their local communities and strengthen their organization.

Hall is a 2011 graduate of Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications with a minor in animal science. While in college she held internships with OFBF’s public policy department, Select Sires and Nationwide Agribusiness, was a member of Phi Sigma honorary sorority and active in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She is a former state officer for The Ohio FFA Association. Hall grew up on a small family farm raising beef cattle and small animals.

“Anna brings with her a solid background in agriculture and the ability to work effectively with our volunteers,” said Brian Peach, OFBF vice president, organization.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization.… Continue reading

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Secrest’s Ken Cochran honored

Ken Cochran, program director of Ohio State University’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, has been named an honorary member of The Garden Club of America, one of the group’s highest accolades. Cochran was recognized during a presentation at the GCA’s annual meeting earlier this year.

In honoring Cochran, the GCA acknowledged his “lifetime of devotion to furthering landscape and horticultural excellence.” Honorary members of GCA are men and women of distinction in the fields of horticulture or conservation who are not nor have ever been members of a GCA club. Honorary membership is limited to 75 individuals, and a maximum of four are selected each year. The Akron Garden Club, a member of the GCA, nominated Cochran for the recognition.

Cochran has 47 years’ experience in the application of science and technology to landscape horticulture plus 22 years in the teaching field. He became curator and program director of Secrest Arboretum in 1984.… Continue reading

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