State Fair Butter Sculpture Unveiled

The 2011 butter display at the Ohio State Fair, July 27-Aug.7, pays tribute to our nation’s space program and recognizes the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program.

Each year, the American Dairy Association Mideast selects an icon or theme to feature in butter that is non-political, non-controversial and reflects optimism and broad audience-appeal.  This year’s theme is no exception as Ohio’s dairy farmers recognize that our state has made significant contributions to flight and space exploration.

The retirement of the space shuttle program marks the end of an era.  Throughout most of the history of the space program, Ohio produced more astronauts than any other state. In fact, twenty-four astronauts have called Ohio home, including space pioneers John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, who we previously honored by sculpting in butter. Ohio’s dairy farmers also previously paid a butter tribute to the Wright Brothers, Ohio’s fathers of aviation.

The 2011 butter display is one of the most complex displays ever sculpted at the Ohio State Fair and features the interior of a space shuttle cockpit with intricate details such as flight controls, dials, gauges and display systems. … Continue reading

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Between the Rows-Phil Sease

Phil Sease
Darke County

Most of the farm is in a soybean-corn rotation, though there are some corn-after-corn fields each year in the farm’s best fields. Phil has also been using strip-till in recent years on some of his corn acres to get a better stand established quickly in the spring. … Continue reading

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Between the Rows-Jake Culler

Jake Culler
Richland County

Jake works with various aspects of his family’s 1,200 acre, 180-cow dairy and crop farm in north central Ohio. The rolling farm ground in the area provides a number of challenges, especially when dealing with livestock manure. They use no-till and strip-till to protect the soil while maximizing production of corn, wheat and soybeans. He is the seventh generation on the farm and works with his dad and uncle. … Continue reading

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Between the Rows-Roger Kilbarger

Roger Kilbarger
Fairfield County

Roger started farming with his brother in 1970 and now farms with his son as well. They
Farm 2,200 acres of rolling ground in central Ohio. The hills Roger farms offer a number of challenges, as does working with 22 different landlords. … Continue reading

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