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OCWGA hires Crumley

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) welcomes Lucas P. Crumley as director of public policy and nutrient management. In this role Crumley will oversee legislative activities and will manage nutrient management issues for the organization.

“Advocating for good policy is a fundamental reason our organization exists,” said Tadd Nicholson, the executive director of OCWGA. “Luke brings with him a strong foundation and extensive government experience, a great network and a diverse set of experiences that will benefit Ohio Corn & Wheat. With nutrient management issues becoming more complex, we look forward to having Luke spearhead oversight of these issues.”

Prior to joining OCW, Crumley worked for two members of congress, advocating for local community initiatives, building coalition groups, and overseeing constituent services. He has been active in flood prevention and water management projects across central Ohio. From 2007 to 2011, Crumley served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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A loss for Ohio agriculture after Fledderjohann killed in automobile accident

According to troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jordan Fledderjohann, 26, died at Mercer Health in Coldwater on Sept. 11 after an automobile accident at the intersection of U.S. Route 127 and Cover Four Road in Mercer County.

Fledderjohann, from Botkins, will be remembered by many for his incredible success showing market goats at the Ohio State Fair and nationally. He had the Grand Champion Market Goat in 2011, the first year a market goat was sold in the Sale of Champions. Both before and after that, he was a staple at the Ohio State Fair and other goat shows as he worked with many exhibitors to help them succeed. Here is a clip with Fledderjohann from the 2011 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.  

 

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Penhorwood signs off and moooves on

Joel Penhorwood has accepted a job with Select Sires and will no longer be contributing his considerable talents with the OCJ/OAN team. We are sad to see Joel move on but wish him well as he takes on a new chapter in his career. Thanks Joel for your hard work and best of luck in your future endeavors. Here are some of our favorite posts from Joel:

Super Bowl corn syrup controversy commentary

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Russell joins Ohio Ag Net team

The Ohio Ag Net is excited to announce the addition of Dave Russell to the farm broadcasting team. Dave is a veteran farm broadcaster who has served agriculture in Indiana and Ohio for decades.

“Dave brings a wealth of broadcast and agricultural knowledge to the team,” said Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio Ag Net. “I have known Dave for a long time and have always been impressed with his professionalism and his passion for agriculture. I am looking forward to his contributions to the team.”

Russell began at WRFD in Columbus. He has since been a voice for Hoosier agriculture at WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and the Indiana voice for Tribune Radio Networks. In addition to his career in farm broadcasting, Russell worked in state government, serving as Agricultural Liaison for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and as Director Information/Public Relations for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Russell is a familiar emcee at events and for his work announcing cattle shows including the Ohio Beef Expo, Ohio State Fair and several BEST shows.

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Farm Science Review’s Hall of Fame winner chosen

A long-time journalist, communicator, and promoter of the annual Farm Science Review, Suzanne Steel, has been inducted into the 30th class of honorees in the FSR Hall of Fame, where 78 others are honored for their contribution to the event.

For 23 years, Steel worked in the marketing and communications department of the event’s main sponsor, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. During that time, Steel promoted FSR through contacts with national, state, and local media.

FSR will take place this year from Sept. 17–19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, in London, Ohio. The show offers visitors an opportunity to view the latest in technology and gain insights from CFAES experts about making their operations more profitable.

“Marketing is extremely important to a large public event such as FSR, which Suzanne has championed over the years,” said Nick Zachrich, FSR manager.

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Davis joins Ohio Farm Bureau staff

Patty Davis has been named executive assistant for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Strategic Partnerships department, which was recently created to develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others.

Davis has over 20 years of private sector experience as an executive administrative professional, providing executive-level support in a variety of capacities, including service at Limited Logistics and KPMG. Most recently, Davis worked at Blue & Co., LLC in the dual role of executive assistant to the firm managing director as well as office manager.

Davis is involved in the United Way Supplies for Scholars program. She has also taken part in supply and coat drives for East Columbus Elementary School and the KPMG Family for Literacy campaign.

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New AgriPOWER Institute class announced

Seventeen farmers and agribusiness professionals have been selected to participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2019-2020 AgriPOWER Institute. The goal of the elite, yearlong training program is to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. During the program, participants will attend multiple sessions to learn about public policy matters important to their communities as well as the state of Ohio, nation and world.

Class XI members are John Bolte of Tiffin, Jon Brookbank of North Ridgeville, Ashley Brucker of Columbus, Lauren Fehlan of Troy, Kelli Hartman of Wilmington, Josh Ison of Moscow, Kenzie Johnston of Richwood, Richard Maxwell of Glenford, Matt McFadden of Wilmington, Kayla Miller of Archbold, Jared Persinger of Washington Court House, Ashley Phillips of Warsaw, Devin Trout of Columbus, Vince Untied of Newark, Vicki Vance of Gambier, Kevin Ward of Upper Sandusky and Emmalee Wince of Salem.

Throughout the year, Class XI participants will develop important skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more.

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Sonnenberg joins staff to head up Ohio Field Leader

Dusty Sonnenberg is excited to join the staff of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net with Field Leader, an Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff program. Sonnenberg will be providing Ohio Field Leader content about soybean agronomics, production research, and nutrient management, among other topics. The goal of Ohio Field Leader is to bring the most up-to-date agronomist, research, and best management practice information to Ohio soybean farmers.

Sonnenberg will also be a regular contributor to Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net in his role. Ohio Field Leader content will be distributed to other state and national media outlets as well.

“Dusty brings tremendous on-farm, agronomic and communications experience to this position and we are excited about moving this project forward,” said Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net. “Dusty will be a real asset to our team and Ohio agriculture.”

Sonnenberg is a Certified Crop Advisor and Technical Service Provider writing nutrient management plans.

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Ohio State University Extension Director Rennekamp to step down

Roger Rennekamp, associate dean and director of Ohio State University Extension, will bring his 40-year career in Cooperative Extension to a close on July 31.

Rennekamp has served Ohio and its citizens since 2016 as the 12th leader of OSU Extension, which has an office in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Specializing in agriculture and natural resources, Ohio 4-H youth development, community development, and family and consumer sciences, Extension educators bring the knowledge of The Ohio State University directly to Ohioans.

During his tenure, Rennekamp has been responsible for a number of positive organizational changes.

“Dr. Rennekamp has forged a large number of new partnerships that have served to heighten awareness of Extension’s mission among both internal and external stakeholders,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Rennekamp also led a comprehensive restructuring of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, that aimed to eliminate inefficiencies and expand the voice of county-based personnel in organizational decision making.

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Mark Wolfe joins Wilson National

Mark Wolfe of Richwood recently joined Wilson National LLC, a real estate and auction group. In his role Mark will focus on development and implementation of marketing options for customer portfolios of agricultural assets. Mark’s past experiences include a successful career in farm equipment sales and agriculture lending. Wolfe will bring a depth of experience and focus on real estate and machinery sales, valuation and marketing. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Business and is a licensed real estate agent. Mark is engaged in Ohio’s agriculture industry by participating in his own farm operation with his wife and three children.

Along with Mark Wilson, Mike Weasel and Brandon Wilson, Wilson National LLC welcomes Mark and the opportunity to continue serving the Ohio farm community. You can contract Mark at 740-361-6739 or markwolfe@wilnat.com.

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OCTA awards scholarship

The Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OCTA) has selected Madison Greig of Ashtabula County as the recipient of the Alfred DiVencenzo Memorial Student Scholarship. Greig is a graduate of Lake Catholic High School where she was a member of the girls tennis team, serving as the captain her senior year. She was also a member of the National Honor Society as well as a ambassador for the school. Greig also was involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

In the fall of 2019, Greig will be attending Bowling Green State University.

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Linder elected as NCGA first vice president

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected John Linder to become the organization’s first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins

Oct. 1.

Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, run a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in Edison, Ohio in Morrow County. In addition to traditional row crop farming, he also has livestock experience. Linder is a member of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program board of directors.

“I am honored my fellow Corn Board volunteers placed their trust in me and granted me the distinct privilege of becoming a part of the organization’s leadership,” Linder said. “Today’s American corn farmers face an ever-changing landscape with numerous challenges, as well as opportunities, on the horizon. It is imperative that we work with our partners in government, in industry and in the public to grow markets at home and abroad.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards $36,000 in scholarships

Every year, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships to students statewide who are striving to become leaders in their industries and communities. The foundation recently awarded $36,000 in scholarships to students for their academic effort, community engagement and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

 

Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship

Recipients were Olivia Blay of Portage County; Andrew Brooks of Preble County; Brianna Carmack of Richland County; Kady Davis of Carroll County; Cora Dorman of Licking County; Todd Peterson of Fayette County; Nathan Ramos of Portage County, and Tiffany Sunday of Pickaway County. This fund honors Cynthia Anne (Cindy) Hollingshead for her 39 years of service as Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive secretary, as well as a lifetime of volunteer commitment to local government and community service activities. Financial assistance goes to students who are pursuing careers focused on agriculture, community service and association leadership.

 

Darwin Bryan Scholarship

Recipients were Whitney Bauman of Adams County; Kasey Buchanan of Washington County; Kady Davis of Carroll County; Cora Dorman of Licking County; Sarah Lehner of Delaware County; Kayle Mast of Madison County; Meredith Oglesby of Highland County, and Holly Schmenk of Putnam County.

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Marihugh named Ohio Farm Bureau senior director, partnerships and member services

John Marihugh of Columbus has been promoted to senior director, partnerships and member services for Ohio Farm Bureau. In his role, which is under the newly created strategic partnerships arm of the organization, he will focus on leading the coordination, development and implementation of new member benefits, alternative revenue discovery and partnership development.

Marihugh has an extensive business background, having managed and consulted in multiple industries and holds an accounting degree from Cedarville University. He actively assists in a family farm operation in northwest Ohio and coaches travel baseball in Hilliard. He and his wife, Kirsten, have three children and are active members at Northwest Chapel, in Dublin.

Ohio Farm Bureau members qualify for special discounts and savings programs with partners such as Nationwide, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Ford, Case IH, CAT, Grainger, Sherwin Williams and others. Benefits include products and services that help with finances; family and small business needs; auto; farm and small acreage equipment; and health and wellness.

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Lehner to receive dairy scholarship

The National Dairy Shrine recently announced the recipients of scholarships for 2019, including the $1000 scholarships given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors. Among those recipients is Sarah Lehner of Delaware, Ohio who is a student at the Ohio State University majoring in Animal Science and Agribusiness Economics.

The National Dairy Shrine is providing 40 scholarships worth $47,000 to students around the country this year.

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Farm accident claims life of an Urbana man

Michael E. Russell, 78, of Urbana, was killed in a farm accident on May 15.

According to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Russell was checking a planter for an airline leak in a field off of Route 36 East. The equipment released when Russell was under the planter. Russell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Urbana EMS, Mechanicsburg EMS, and the Champaign County Coroner assisted at the scene.

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CFAES names new chief advancement officer

Keith DiDonato has been appointed as the new chief advancement officer of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Starting on May 20, DiDonato will lead and develop the CFAES Office of Advancement, which includes fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing communications.

Currently the associate vice president for development at The College of Wooster, DiDonato oversees the major and planned giving programs, annual giving, and the parents and family giving program. In that role, he is directly involved with the largest fundraising year in the history of the institution, adding $40 million to the school’s campaign.

DiDonato also worked as the director of leadership giving at Oberlin College, where he was directly responsible for approximately $60 million added to the Oberlin Illuminate campaign, which ended in 2016 with a record $317 million. Prior to that, he worked at Cargill Corporation in the Animal Nutrition Division.

DiDonato received a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State, served on the Emerging Leaders Campaign Committee for CFAES, and was elected to the Conference for Developing the Future of Agricultural Education in Ohio for the Ohio Department of Education.

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Ison among AFBF’s Farm Partners in Advocacy Leadership class 

Ohio Farm Bureau member Sarah Ison of Moscow was recently selected to The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) class. American Farm Bureau created the PAL curriculum as a high-level, executive training program that prepares participants to represent agriculture in the media, public speaking, congressional testimony and other advocacy arenas. Program graduates gain opportunities to promote awareness about issues important to farmers and consumers.

“Farm Bureau is equipping young leaders for effective engagement,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF President. “The members of the new PAL class are already elite leaders. We look forward to seeing them progress to the highest levels of agricultural advocacy.”

Ison is owner and president of Cincy Beef and teaches as an adjunct professor in microbiology at Northern Kentucky University. She and her husband have a commercial and registered Angus cow-calf to finish operation. She is a member of the Clermont County Farm Bureau, county Cattlemen’s Association and a volunteer with the Felicity High School FFA chapter.

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Michael Bailey named Ohio Farm Bureau vice president

Michael Bailey of Marysville has been named vice president, strategic partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this newly created position, he will develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others. He also will be responsible for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation; OFBF Development Corporation; member benefits and services; Young Agricultural Professionals, youth and leadership development programs and Farm Bureau events.

Bailey has extensive experience in building productive relationships, creating partnerships and attaining shared goals and applied those skills in numerous senior administrative positions within state government. At the Ohio Department of Agriculture, he served as deputy director, executive director of the Livestock Care Standards Board, senior program manager for the marketing division and executive director for the Office of Farmland Preservation. At the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, he was chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources and most recently chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft.

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Turner named Farm Bureau leadership development program specialist

Kelsey Turner of Bellevue has been named leadership development program specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, as part of the organization’s newly created Strategic Partnerships department. She will be working with the Young Agricultural Professionals, Youth Pathway and Ag Literacy programs, assuming some of the responsibilities of Melinda Witten, who was recently promoted to senior director, leadership development for Ohio Farm Bureau.

Turner was most recently employed with the Bellevue City School District and as the Columbus-area market manager with Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from The Ohio State University and is currently attending Ashland University studying for her MBA in Entrepreneurship.

She is a native of Seneca County where her family’s grain and maple syrup operation, Sugarwood Family Farms, is located. She and her husband, Evan, are members of the Seneca County Farm Bureau, are active participants in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program and are both volunteers for their 4-H club Spirit of ’76.

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