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Pelanda to retire as ODA Director

Dorothy Pelanda is retiring as Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Her last day will be Dec. 31, 2022.

In January of 2019, Rep. Dorothy Pelanda was nominated to serve as the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture by then Gov.-elect Mike Dewine. At the time, Pelanda stepped into the ODA director role occupied by Tim Derickson. Pelanda previously served on the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. Pelanda had also been active on the state legislature, representing the 83rd House District, which includes Union and Logan counties, as well as most of Marion County. Pelanda’s career in public service began in 2011 when she was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives. … Continue reading

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Woodworth joins Ohio Corn & Wheat

Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) is pleased to announce its newly hired manager of communications, Jessy Woodworth.   

As manager of communications, Woodworth will work closely with OCW’s director of marketing and communications, Marlene Eick, in implementing the organization’s communications initiatives. Her responsibilities will include capturing onsite photo and video content, managing OCW’s social media channels and overseeing communication campaigns on behalf of Ohio’s corn and small grains community.

Woodworth is a well-rounded communications professional with experience in internal and external marketing campaigns, social media, photography and writing. She joins the team following her time as a communication specialist for Madison Township in Franklin County, Ohio. Woodworth is also a contributing writer to AGDAILY.com. 

“It takes a knowledgeable, creative individual to tell the story of Ohio’s corn and small grain producers,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCW. “Jessy is a great fit for that task, and we look forward to having her communications expertise on the Ohio Corn & Wheat staff.”… Continue reading

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Osborn joins Ohio Corn & Wheat

Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) is pleased to announce its newly hired director of market development, Wendy Osborn.   

As director of market development, Osborn will serve on the OCW leadership team. In this role, she will administer programs to maintain and expand both domestic and international markets for Ohio corn and small grains. She will also be responsible for administration of OCW’s market development for livestock, oversight of the organization’s transportation initiatives and development of relationship efforts with first purchasers of corn and wheat.

Osborn is an experienced industry leader with a breadth of knowledge in agricultural business and finance. Previously, she spent 20 years with Farm Credit Mid-America in various roles, most recently serving as senior vice president of commercial agriculture. 

“We are continually looking for market retention and expansion opportunities in the best interest of our Ohio Corn & Wheat grower-members,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCW. “Wendy has the professionalism, industry knowledge and relationship-building skills needed to further advance our market development work.”… Continue reading

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Springfield educator honored as GrowNextGen Teacher Leader of the Year

Shelby Guthrie knows how to make agricultural education meaningful for her students and she’s passionate about spreading innovation to other science teachers. The Global Impact STEM Academy educator has won The GrowNextGen Teacher Leader of the Year for 2022-2023. This honor reflects her enthusiastic outreach and involvement with the GrowNextGen program. “Shelby is a dynamic, zealous ambassador for agricultural science in the classroom,” said Jane Hunt, Director of Education.

The Ohio Soybean Council-supported GrowNextGen program helps teachers bring science and agriculture to life in their classroom by providing real-world educational experiences and curriculum. The Teacher Leader of the Year program highlights a standout Ohio educator who has completed the leadership program, actively supports other teachers in the state, and is a leading contributor to curriculum projects.

“Agricultural education involves more than just teaching students the basics of seed production or how to judge livestock,” Guthrie said. “It provides the opportunity for people to understand that agriculture is not just farming; it’s a sustainable way of life.… Continue reading

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Clean Fuels hires Ohioan Jonathan Martin

Clean Fuels Alliance America has appointed Jonathan Martin of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, as its first Director of Economic and Market Analytics.
Martin, most recently an economist with Marathon Petroleum Co., brings 10 years of experience in oil and gas corporate economics to this newly created role. He will be based in Ohio.

“I am excited to be joining Clean Fuels and the renewables industry,” said Martin said. “I hope to apply my background in energy economics and analytics to help our members and the industry stay abreast of shifting market trends and potential growth opportunities from new LCFS markets to carbon reduction targets within the broader energy market.”
Well-versed in synthesizing and analyzing data, Martin is strategically positioned to support Clean Fuels in economic analysis of planning and policy decisions. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Clean Fuels Alliance America is the U.S.… Continue reading

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Great Plains names new Ohio territory manager

Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., has named Phil Cobb as the new Great Plains Ag Division Territory Manager for Ohio. Cobb is replacing John Sites, who recently retired after serving as a Great Plains Territory Manager for over 30 years. Cobb will be available to offer sales and service support to Great Plains dealers and customers. 

Phil Cobb

Cobb has spent the last 20 years in the agricultural industry. He is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Ag Technology. Cobb grew up on a dairy and cereal crop farm, and has previously worked for Redline Equipment, AGCO Corporation, and CNH Industrial America, LLC. His agricultural background, familiarity with Great Plains products, and customer service experience make him a valuable asset to dealers and customers throughout Ohio. 

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USDA names appointees to FSA State Committee

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced appointees who will serve on the Ohio USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee.

Members of the FSA state committee are appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving program delivery appeals from the agriculture community, maintaining cooperative relations with industry stakeholders, keeping producers informed about FSA programs and operating in a manner consistent with USDA equal opportunity and civil rights policies.

Each FSA state committee is comprised of three to five members including a designated chairperson. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee for Ohio are:

• Committee Chair Theodore Finnarn — Greenville

• Fred Deel — Vinton

• Tracy Hundley — Geneva

• Thomas Jackson, Jr. — Toledo

• Mark Mechling — Duncan Falls

“The FSA state committee members play an integral role in the continuity of operations, equitable and inclusive program administration and ensure the overall integrity of services to the nation’s agricultural producers,” said Marcus Graham, FSA Deputy Administrator for Field Operations. “These… Continue reading

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Hartschuh named Extension field specialist for dairy management and precision livestock

Jason Hartschuh has been hired as field specialist, dairy management and precision livestock for Ohio State University Extension in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Hartschuh, who previously served as an OSU Extension educator for agriculture and natural resources, will begin his new position Nov. 1, said Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins, associate dean and director, OSU Extension.

“In this important position, Jason will provide leadership for developing and implementing a comprehensive Extension and applied research agenda in dairy management and precision livestock farming,” Wilkins said.

Hartschuh will focus on providing unbiased research and education in precision livestock farming, dairy market conditions and policy, dairy facility design for animal welfare, livestock facility ventilation, and dairy calf and heifer care. He will also work to bridge connections between livestock nutritionists and agronomists to help produce high-quality, low-cost feeds.

“We are very pleased to have Jason on board as a field specialist to work collaboratively within Extension and in cross-disciplinary efforts with CFAES and other college professionals,” said Sam Custer, interim assistant director, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension.… Continue reading

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New field specialists announced by OSU Extension

Bruce Clevenger, David Marrison, and Eric Richer have been hired as field specialists, farm management for Ohio State University Extension in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

The three new specialists, who previously have served as OSU Extension county educators, will begin their new roles Nov. 1, said Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins, associate dean and director, OSU Extension.

“Farm management is an extremely important topic in the agriculture industry, and OSU Extension has determined that the best way to address this top priority is to install several professionals to coordinate their efforts across the state,” Wilkins said. “Bruce, David, and Eric are experts in this field, and each also has a specialized area of interest that will contribute to the industry as a whole and really help meet the needs of our clientele.”

These new field specialists will also be key players in helping to implement the inaugural work of the college’s new Farm Financial Management Policy Institute,

“I am excited that these positions will be able to work in tandem with each other and with our other field specialists,” said Sam Custer, interim assistant director, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension.… Continue reading

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Eastridge recognized by Purina

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is pleased to announce Ohio State University professor Maurice Eastridge as the 2022 recipient of the Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production. The award will be presented in the summer of 2022, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production was created to recognize outstanding teaching of undergraduate students in dairy science. The winner must have demonstrated outstanding ability as a teacher of undergraduate students of dairy science in an accredited college or university, have been an active teacher when nominated with not less than a total of 10 years of active teaching preceding, and have been a member of ADSA for at least 5 successive years.
Eastridge’s role in teaching has included the development of a course to introduce students to the dairy industry, teaching dairy laboratories in the Introduction to Animal Sciences course, teaching nutrition and feeding management to upper-level undergraduate and veterinary students, and teaching the Dairy Cattle Production course.… Continue reading

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Agriculture Education Foundation announces scholarships

The Agriculture Education Foundation announces five scholarships issued for the fall semester of 2022. Five students becoming agriculture educators are each a recipient of $1,000 towards their tuition costs this semester.

Recipients of the scholarship are:

• Holden Nuhn of Collins is a freshman at Wilmington College planning to be an agriculture teacher upon graduation.

• Cora Crillow of Millersburg is a freshman at The Ohio State University, ATI planning to be an agriculture teacher upon graduation.

• Seth Richardson of Springfield is a freshman at The Ohio State University, ATI planning to be an agriculture teacher upon graduation.

• Haven Hileman of Stout is a sophomore at The Ohio State University planning to be an agriculture teacher upon graduation.

• Luke Jennings of Felicity is a freshman at The Ohio State University planning to be an agriculture teacher upon graduation.

These five students were selected based on their commitment to agriculture education.… Continue reading

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New staff joining Ohio Ag Net/OCJ

By Matt Reese

It has been a busy a busy summer at Ag Net Communications, Inc. for many reasons, including the exciting addition of three new team members.

We are welcoming back Joel Penhorwood. We are also welcoming two new marketing specialists to the team: Kristin Flowers from Henry County and Joe Everett from Shelby County.

“We have always been fortunate to have a great staff to help us in our mission to serve Ohio agriculture and we are really excited to welcome this group,” said Dale Minyo, general manager of Ag Net Communications. “They bring tremendous talent, experience and connections to the agricultural industry in the state to help keep us on top of our game.”  

Joel Penhorwood

Joel is returning to Ag Net Communications with a heavy emphasis on video production, but will work with radio, print, and the podcast as well. Joel started as an intern and worked for Ohio Ag Net as a radio news broadcaster from 2013 to 2019.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau names Policy Development Committee

Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the 2022 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December.
In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and Farm Bureau staff on topics such as farmland preservation; the farm bill; SEC climate reporting at the farm level; funding alternatives for the gas tax; biosecurity measures to protect livestock from chronic wasting disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza and swine fever; and the U.S. EPA approval process for ag technology such as Enlist, atrazine, and others.
The policy committee consists of 10 members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus.
The committee is chaired by Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington and includes OFBF President Bill Patterson of Chesterland and Treasurer Lane Osswald of Eldorado.… Continue reading

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FABE Capstone Team places first in 2022 AGCO National Student Design Competition

A team of The Ohio State University seniors majoring in food, agricultural and biological engineering (FABE) took home the gold in a national competition focused on the design of engineering projects advancing agriculture. The 2022 AGCO National Student Design Competition was a part of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2022 Annual International Meeting. Seven teams from five universities competed in the first phase of the competition, where only the top three were invited to the ASABE conference to deliver oral presentations about their design in the final phase. 

Ohio State team members Katelyn Sang and Lindsey Shimoda represented their team which also included FABE students Emma Rand and Donny Smith. Their project was titled “Transpiration control for sustainable deep space food production.” The team was advised by Peter Ling and Jane Fife from the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). … Continue reading

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Hummel named Outstanding Young Farmer

John Hummel of Canal Winchester is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer Award for 2022. 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.

Hummel is the fifth generation to carry on the farming tradition in his family. He, along with his wife and two sons, reside and farm in central Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio University where he studied business while working full-time on the family farm. Today, Hummel farms alongside his great uncle and uncle raising corn and soybeans. Together, they have doubled the size and capacity of their operation in the last 15 years.

“My senior year of high school, the farm added close to 1,000 acres, and I made the choice to stay on the farm and commute to a satellite branch campus for college so that I could be on the farm to help every day,” Hummel said in his application.… Continue reading

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Lierer elected to U.S. Grains Council Board

Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) is celebrating the election of Gail Lierer to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as an at-large director.

Lierer grows corn, soybeans and hay and manages a small cattle operation in Butler County with her husband, Dave. She is the current Chair of USGC’s Asia Advisory Team, which maintains and develops markets for feed grains in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia. In addition to promoting grain exports with USGC, Lierer has extensive market development experience with the U.S. Meat Export Federation and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. 

“The U.S. Grains Council leads crucial efforts to promote trade like bringing international trade teams to the United States to learn about American grain and see our family-run operations. I plan to build upon that work as an at-large director,” Lierer said. “During my time on the board, I also plan to communicate with growers about the work USGC does on their behalf to facilitate trade, resulting in stronger prices for their quality grain.”… Continue reading

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Harsh re-elected to NCGA Corn Board

Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) celebrated the re-election of Kelly Harsh to the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

Harsh grows corn, wheat and soybeans on her operation in Delaware County, Ohio, and serves as current Chair of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. In 2021, she was appointed to serve in a vacant seat on NCGA’s Corn Board. Additionally, she has since served as NCGA board liaison to the Risk Management Action Team and the Finance Committee. 

“As farmers represent a smaller and smaller percentage of the population, boards such as NCGA serve a vital function,” Harsh said. “We have the power to shape policies that will allow us to continue providing an abundant source of feed, fiber and fuel in a rapidly changing world.”

For the past year, Harsh’s first priority in her role on the Corn Board has been for NCGA to effectively represent its federation of states by listening to grower needs nationwide.… Continue reading

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Gray name chief information officer for Farm bureau

John Gray of Ashtabula, Ohio, has been named chief information officer for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this new role, Gray will oversee a team of Information Technology professionals and work closely with IT partners to advance the organization’s core objectives. He also will be developing and implementing strategic solutions to stabilize and enhance the organization’s IT infrastructure and operations.
Most recently, Gray was the organization’s director of IT. He attended DeVry University, where he earned a bachelor of science in electronic engineering technology.
Prior to joining the Ohio Farm Bureau team, as a solutions architect and systems engineer, he consulted at various companies such as Honda North America, American Electrical Power, JP Morgan Chase and Nationwide.

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Celebrating a career of dedication to organic farming

By Brianna Gwirtz, OCJ field reporter

In 1973, a young Dean McIlvaine was plagued by the problems caused by the energy crisis. The crisis was causing gas prices to skyrocket and fuel shortages were abundant. McIlvaine often thought about alternatives to using fossil fuel, something that would be better for the planet. 

A problem solver by nature, McIlvaine has always been intrigued by possible solutions to modern day problems. 

McIlvaine carried that curiosity into his adult life. In college at Grinnell University in Iowa, he studied economics and policy. McIlvaine was also exposed to organic agriculture during his time in Iowa at school.

“The idea of organic food production really resonated with me and blossomed. I tried to invoke change through politics. I had worked in Washington, D.C. for a stint, writing a proposal for organic education and research for the 1979 Farm Bill.  However, I became more interested in practical applications.… Continue reading

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Bush appointed to international role


Anthony Bush, an Ohio farmer from Morrow County, has been appointed to serve as a director on the board of MAIZALL, the international alliance of maize growers and exporters from Argentina, Brazil and the United States. He joins John Linder, NCGA’s chair, representing NCGA to the board.
Bush, a fourth-generation grain farmer, is also a board member for Ohio Corn and Wheat.

“Anthony is a nationally respected agricultural leader who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the MAIZALL board,” said Chris Edgington, National Corn Growers Association president. “I can think of no one better to represent the American agricultural community as we collaborate with other farmer leaders from Brazil and Argentina to position the Americas for new trade opportunities overseas.” 

Combined, MAIZALL’s three countries account for over 50% of global corn production and 70% of world exports. Bush will begin serving on the board, effective immediately.… Continue reading

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