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Tina Lust named Ohio CCA of the Year at CTC ?

The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program is honored to announce Tina Lust of Marion, Ohio as the 2022 CCA of the Year. 

Lust is the owner of Lust Seed Sales & Service with more than 26 years crop advising experience. As a seed agronomist, Lust focuses on providing her customers with ethically, environmentally and economically sound recommendations that keep farmers in business. She previously served as a director and chairwoman of the Ohio CCA Board. During her years of service, Lust revamped the board’s organization, rejuvenated lapsed committees, represented the Ohio CCA Board on the Lake Erie Commission to reduce phosphorous losses, and served on the International CCA Board.  

“In my mind Tina is one of those well-rounded agronomists who get the job done for their customer,” said Harold Watters, retired – Ohio State University Extension, who nominated Lust for the award. “I talk with Tina’s customers and they tell me how much they appreciate her advice.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 241 | Ohio State Fair & Expo Center Recommendations by Ohio Ag

Ty Higgins of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation joins the team to share what Ohio Agriculture groups have recommended be improved on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Dale has reports with United Soybean Chair Steve Rinehard and George Secore of Sunrise Cooperative on Sunrise University. All of that and more thanks to AgriGold!… Continue reading

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Sunrise University and Ohio FFA

By Dale Minyo and Matt Reese

As part of a unique partnership with Ohio FFA, Sunrise Cooperative has created the RISE FFA Career Program and Sunrise University. The program was developed in 2019 and serves two purposes: provide an avenue to reach the future leaders of agriculture, while supporting the Ohio FFA Association State President during their term in office. 

“The state FFA came to us and they had a need for a vehicle for the State FFA president to drive. I say, ‘I’ll tell you what, we’ll give you a brand new pickup truck for the state FFA president to drive and, at the end of that year, when it is one year old, we’ll take that truck and give it as a signing bonus to whoever you say is the top FFA student that wants to come right into the work force from high school,’” said George Secor, President/CEO of Sunrise.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 239 | ARM gears up for busy spring

Larry Davis of Ag Resource Management (ARM) joins Dusty, Matt and Kolt on the podcast to discuss some upcoming financial dates and deadlines. Dale has reports with Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board and Gene Noem, President of the National Pork Board. Matt visits with Steve Lerch of Story Arc Consulting, the keynote speaker at the Ohio Pork Congress last week.… Continue reading

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Stitzlein recognized with Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award

By Matt Reese

Some people are people-people. 

Some people are livestock-people. 

Gary Stitzlein has proven to be both, which has served him well in his lifetime spent involved in and serving Ohio’s hog industry. It has also helped earn him the 2022 Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award, which means he’s good-people, too.  

“Gary is very deserving of the award because he has been a leader in the industry and excels in many of the areas, whether it was working at the OSU swine barn, the outstanding job he did with judging, or his involvement with farmers across Ohio as he has worked for the Kalmbach organization,” said Dick Isler, former executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Producers Council. “He displays the leadership, personal qualities and traits of those who have received the award ahead of him.”

Stitzlein received a degree in agricultural education with a minor in animal science from The Ohio State University back in 1971.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 238 | Ohio Restaurant Association

John Barker, President & CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association joins us to talk about the impact of COVID-19 to Ohio’s foodservice industry and the impact of food price inflation. Plus, Dale has an update with Robert Fox of CoBank, Matt visits with Jason Williamson of Williamson Crop Insurance, and Dale has a report with Wesley Haun of Tiger Sul Products. All of that and more thanks to AgriGold!… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 237 | Mental Health Casserole

Jami Dellifield, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator with Ohio State University Extension in Hardin County joins Dusty and Kolt. Jami is the winner of the first ever Yvonne Lesicko Perseverance Prize (or Y-Prize) for farm mental health. Plus, Matt has an update with Tyler Stiles in Fairfield County on the Enlist authorizations — or lack there of — in select Ohio counties. Matt also visits with Cheryl Day, Executive Vice President of the Ohio Pork Council.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 234 | “Farmhand Mike” and Fairs

“Farmhand Mike” Less, farm influencer on social media and Darke County farmer joins us to talk about how his popular YouTube channel was started. Dale has updates from the Ohio Fair Managers Association convention with Rod Arter and Greta Gray. Plus, Dale visited with Ethan Lane of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. All of that and more thanks to AgriGold!… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 233 | New Year, Same Dad Jokes

Dusty, Matt and Kolt are starting off the New Year running down the latest in Ohio Agriculture (and yes, sharing a Dad Joke.) Dusty has a preview of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast this month with Dr. John Finer of Ohio State. Matt has an update with Fairfield County SWCD Wildlife Specialist Tommy Springer, Kolt has audio from Clay Patton and the Rural Radio Network on the Kansas Wildfires and Dusty visits with USDA NRCS Chief Terry Cosby. All of that and more thanks to AgriGold!

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