Buckeye People

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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Ohio Department of Agriculture Director appoints deputy directors

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels today announced appointments of Sereana Howard Dresbach and John Schlichter as new deputy directors to the department’s senior management team.

Dresbach will oversee the divisions of Animal Health, Consumer Protection, Dairy, Food Safety and Meat Inspection. Prior to her new appointment, Dresbach served as education director for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine and the Center for Critical Care at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to her years of experience in education and research, she has been involved with agriculture and agribusiness at the state and national level with various organizations. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a doctorate degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, graduate degrees at the University of Wyoming and undergraduate degrees from Iowa State University.

Schlichter will be responsible for overseeing the divisions of Plant Health, Livestock Environmental Permitting, Weights and Measures and Amusement Ride Safety.… Continue reading

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Meller named National FFA Alumni Achievement Winner

Donna Meller, of the Pettisville FFA Alumni for being recognized as one of three National Achievement Recipients at the National FFA Alumni Convention.

Donna has been a FFA Alumni member since 2004.  She and her family have contributed to the FFA and the Alumni on the local, state and national level.

Donna is the high school science teacher at Pettisville.

She has donated items to the local auction, served as chairman of the recipe contest at the Pumpkin Fest for the past 8 years, restarted the school science fair program and assists area ag teachers with their ag research projects.  She coaches ag students with their research projects and team teaches with the ag teacher the environmental science curriculum for 8th graders and the environmental science class.

Donna has chaperoned State FFA Convention for 7 years, worked at the alumni booth for 3 years and served as an Agriscience Fair judge for 5 years.… Continue reading

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Patterson re-elected to Farm Credit Board of Directors

Five farmers were elected by customers of Farm Credit Mid-America as the newest members of the Board of Directors. Farm Credit’s Board is comprised of 16 elected directors and two independent directors who meet monthly to set policy and provide overall direction for the agricultural lending cooperative which spans four states and serves almost 100,000 customers-members.

“As a cooperative, Farm Credit offers customers the opportunity to vote for the individuals that will drive the decisions of the association, the members of the Board,” said Kevin Cox, chair of Farm Credit’s Board of Directors. “The results of the 2012 election are in and we are excited to welcome back three directors and introduce two new members.”

The newly elected and re-elected Board members include Bill Patterson (Incumbent) of Chesterland who will serve in Ohio’s four year position. Patterson owns and operates Patterson Farms, PFF, Inc. and Orchard Hills Inc. He received a degree in Agriculture Economics from the Ohio State University.… Continue reading

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Berg memorial services Oct. 25

William C. (Bill) Berg, 71 of Wapakoneta died October 21, 2012.  Bill died as a result of extensive farm accident injuries occurring one week earlier.

He was born in Lima November 25, 1940.  Bill was the son of Egon Jr. and Dorothy (Knierim) Berg. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday October 25, 2012 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 South Perry Street, Wapakoneta. Pastors Jeff Davis and Becky Sunday will be officiating.  Friends may call after the service until 7:00 P.M. in the Timmermeister Hall at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Adult Bell Choir or the St. Paul U.C.C. Living Endowment Fund.

Bill graduated from Blume High School in the class of 1958.  Youth activities included 4H and FFA where he served as chapter president.  After graduation, he attended Ohio State University.  On November 28, 1963, he married Judith Truitt Berg.… Continue reading

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Bierlein joins Purina Animal Nutrition team

Purina Animal Nutrition announces the hiring of Rebecca Bierlein for the Great Lakes area of the Northeast region.

A native of Michigan and a University of Michigan graduate, Bierlein has spent her career involved with swine production through management and consulting. Bierlein’s involvement within the swine industry includes serving on the Ohio Pork Producers Council for Demand Enhancement Committee and as a member of Operation Main Street, a program to help spread information about the pork industry. Bierlein also serves as a Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor.

“We are pleased to welcome Rebecca to the Purina Animal Nutrition team,” says Dr. Dari Brown, director livestock young animal marketing for Purina Animal Nutrition. “Rebecca’s extensive knowledge of the swine industry will be invaluable to help our customers optimize swine performance.”

In her position as a young animal specialist, Bierlein will help cooperatives and dealers increase their market share of the swine feed business by teaming up with production consultants and sales specialists.… Continue reading

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Scott named Ohio Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer

Erik Scott of Georgetown has been named Ohio’s Outstanding Young Farmer by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

The contest is designed to help young farmers strengthen their business skills, develop marketing opportunities and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Contestants are judged on the growth of their farm businesses and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.

Scott, 27, wins 250 hours free use of a Kubota M–series tractor provided by Kubota, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Services and an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Nashville where he will represent Ohio in the national competition.

Scott farms with his family, growing corn, soybeans, tobacco, hay and pasture. They also raise beef cattle and operate a farm market that sells all natural beef. He is a graduate of Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute. He is a member of the Brown County Farm Bureau and has been active in the state Young Agricultural Professionals program.… Continue reading

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McGlinch wins Ohio Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture contest

Greg McGlinch of Versailles has been named winner of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Excellence in Agriculture award program.

The award recognizes successful young people 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupation is not farming or owning an agricultural business. The award is based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations.

McGlinch, 32, wins a John Deere Gator, sponsored by Farm Credit Services, a $1,000 technology package sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau and an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Nashville, where he will represent Ohio in the national competition.

McGlinch is employed by the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District. He and his wife, Janet, operate a grain farm with his parents. He also produces hogs, chickens and eggs for local customers. He received a degree in agricultural education from Ohio State University and is currently working toward a master’s in agronomy.… Continue reading

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OFBF Young Ag Professional leaders named

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.

They are Ron Burns of Milford Center, Latham and Katie Farley of Piketon, Aaron and Sarah Heilers of Anna and Duayne and Monica Wetherell of Mingo Junction.

As team members, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young people to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs. 

Burns produces grain, hay and straw with his family and works as a supervisor for a logistics company. He is a graduate of Ohio State University where he majored in agricultural systems management and minored in horticulture and crop science. He is a member of Union County Farm Bureau.

Latham manages the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office for Pike and Scioto counties and helps his father-in-law farm during planting and harvest. Katie works as a graphic designer. Latham earned a degree in biology from Mississippi State University and Katie graduated from Miami University with a degree in graphic design.… Continue reading

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Berg killed in farm accident

Bill Berg, a familiar face to many in Ohio agriculture, suffered a broken hip, serious lacerations and broken arms after being run over by a no-till drill. He passed away on Oct. 21.

Berg, 71, was a lifetime farmer in Auglaize County, and was active in numerous roles in the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. He was a member of the National Corn Growers Association Growers Service Action Team.

He was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center shortly after the accident. Berg had just been working on the drill. It had been repaired when his brother, Jim, drove off and did not realize Berg had not left the area around the drill.

Please keep the Berg family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Schappacher named OFBF organizational director

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Ashley Schappacher organization director for Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Pickaway and Ross counties.

As organization director, Schappacher will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and OFBF. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen the organization and enhance its ability to serve its members.

Schappacher is a graduate of Ohio State University where she majored in animal science. She grew up on a farm in Warren County that produced beef cattle, turkeys, grain, summer produce and pumpkins.

“Ashley knows agriculture first hand and has been involved in many Farm Bureau activities,” said Keith Stimpert, OFBF senior vice president. “She’ll be an excellent resource for our members as they work to accomplish their goals.”… Continue reading

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