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Nicholson to oversee OCWGA

By Matt Reese

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) proudly announces that Tadd Nicholson will be serving as the new executive director. In his new role, he will also manage two of Ohio’s check-off programs, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP).
Nicholson has 19 years of experience as part of the Ohio agriculture industry and has served

OCWGA for eight years, previously as its director of government and industry affairs and most recently as its interim executive director.

“I look forward to extending my role for OCWGA because I really believe in its purpose and mission,” Nicholson said. “We represent the best interests of Ohio’s grain farmers and I’m going to work to ensure that our organization’s legacy continues to be successful.”

Nicholson will jump right into his new duties by addressing a number of important issues for Ohio’s corn and wheat growers.… Continue reading

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OARDC Names Brumment BioHio Research Park Leader

Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has selected Shauna R. Brummet as president and executive director of its BioHio Research Park in northeast Ohio. She will begin her position in April.

Brummet will be responsible for operations, development and recruitment of tenants for BioHio — a first-in-the-state business and technology center aimed at advancing the growing and promising field of agricultural biosciences, which includes high-impact areas such as renewable energy and materials, food safety, genetic crop improvement and environmental remediation.

“We are very excited to be able to attract Shauna Brummet to this position,” said OARDC Director Steve Slack. “We conducted a national search, which attracted many outstanding and talented candidates. Shauna emerged as our first choice because she has a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur working with multiple corporations in multiple settings, and because she presented a compelling vision of where she saw the BioHio Research Park going and growing.”… Continue reading

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Bill Tom named new beef department director at Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler announced that Bill Tom of Spring Valley has been selected as the director for the Ohio State Fair beef department and that several changes are slated for the 2012 show.

Tom is currently employed by Cargill AgHorizons as the General Manager and Farm Service Group leader for the greater Ohio region. Tom was raised on a beef farm in southeastern Ohio and has actively shown cattle across the United States within his past career positions. A graduate of The Ohio State University with an animal science degree, Tom has extensive experience in the beef industry, animal nutrition and general agriculture.

Heifer division changes
Strickler also announced that four additional heifer divisions, Lim-Flex, MaineTainer, ShorthornPlus and Percentage Simmental, will be eligible to compete in the supreme champion beef breeding female competition on Saturday, Aug. 4 prior to the selection of the grand champion market animal, a notable achievement in the breeding industry paying premiums of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, $500 for third place, $300 for fourth place and $200 for fifth place.… Continue reading

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Dailey recognized as 2012 Ohio CCA of the year

The Ohio CCA Board is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award is Mike Dailey, independent consultant from Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Dailey was named the winner

on March 6 at the Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada.

The CCA of the Year Award is a state award designed to recognize an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.

Dailey has contributed to the growth and development of countless CCA’s over the years, as well as helping his farmer clients to thrive and prosper with their businesses by making his recommendations based on science and fact. Dailey has taught Sunday School, volunteered as agricultural educator at Kenyon College Environmental Center, and served as former chairman of the CCA board.… Continue reading

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Ohio pork producers elected as national leaders

Ohio’s pork industry was well represented at the National Pork Industry Forum in Denver, CO, March 1-3. Two Ohio pork producers were nominated to serve as

leaders on the board of directors for the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council.

Pork Act Delegates, meeting at the National Pork Industry Forum, ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submitted the list to the U.S. secretary of agriculture. Among the list of candidates is Carl Link of Fort Recovery. Link represents the Ohio Pork Producers Council through his participation in the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Environmental Permitting Program.

Additionally, Randy Brown of Nevada, OH was recognized for his service to the National Pork Board. Brown served six years on the National Pork Board, where he was active on many committees including serving as chairman of the Environmental Steward sub-committee.

At the National Pork Producers Council’s annual business meeting, also held at the National Pork Industry Forum, elections were held for new officers and members to the board of directors.  … Continue reading

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Wuebker Farms Honored by Pork Industry

The National Pork Board today honored four farm families as recipients of the 2011 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Award at the annual National Pork Industry Forum being held here. The award, now in its 18th year, recognizes producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities.

One of the 2011 Award receipients was Wuebker Farms – Versailles, Ohio — Jeff and Alan Wuebker raise nearly 43,000 weaned pigs per year on their diversified farming operation near Versailles, Ohio. The brothers, together with their families and employees, tend to not only the pigs, but to about 50 head of dairy beef cattle and more than 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
Cleveland Pork – Elysburg, Pa. — Joel and Sarah Knoebel, together with Joel’s father and brother, produce feeder-to-finish pigs in their 4,400-head, tunnel-ventilated building on the 500 acres they farm near Elysburg, Pa. The couple has started a scholarship at the local high school to help students who wish to pursue an agricultural career.… Continue reading

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Four new county Farm Service Agency directors selected

State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, announced four new County Executive Directors (CEDs) have been selected.  They officially began February 27, in their new office.

·         Dave Echols was selected for the Portage/Summit county FSA office.
·         Latham Farley was selected for the Scioto/Pike county FSA office.
·         Jill Ritchie was selected for the Columbiana/Mahoning county FSA office.
·         Charlotte Schmachtenberger was selected for the Clermont county FSA office.

Each were selected into the County Operations Trainee (COT) program for Ohio and traveled throughout the state to study FSA programs and learn county office operations. After completing the formal COT training program, they were stationed at various County offices where they continued to learn from the FSA County office employees
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Ohioans win at National Farm Machinery Show tractor pull

At the tractor pulls at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show three Ohio drivers won their classes.

On Thursday evening in the 6,200-pound 2-WD Super Modified Truck class Jeff Whitsel of Orient won with At It Again pulling 239.56. In the 9,300-pound Super Farm Tractors with a pull of 246.20, Julia Conny of Beloit took first place honors with Mac Daddy. They were each awarded $2,000 in prize money and a trophy.

On Saturday night Danny Schmucker of Louisville won the 10,200-pound Pro Stock Tractor Class with Rampage with a full pull of 248.15. He was awarded $4,200 and a crystal cup.

Others from Ohio placed well, which you can see in the complete results.Continue reading

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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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