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Sherry named communications intern at Select Sires Inc.

Jacquelyn Sherry of Greenville, Ohio, has been selected as the 2012-2013 corporate communications intern for Select Sires Inc. At Select Sires, she will be responsible for writing press releases and customer testimonials, assisting with sales and marketing projects, and helping to prepare trade show materials.

Sherry is a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is working towards a degree in both Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. Sherry is active in Buckeye Dairy Club, serving as the club secretary and working with the yearbook and webmaster committees. She is also involved with the dairy judging program and is currently serving as the 2012 Ohio Holstein Queen.

Sherry grew up on a small family dairy farm in Greenville, Ohio, where she exhibited Holsteins and Ayrshires at the local, state and national level. Through the years, she was extremely involved with the Darke County Holstein 4-H club and was on the 2010 Ohio 4-H judging team and competed at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa.… Continue reading

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McPheron named Dean of OSU’s CFAES

Bruce McPheron, dean, College of Agricultural SciencesBruce McPheron, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, his undergraduate alma mater.

He will replace Dr. Bobby Moser and report directly to Joseph A. Alutto, executive vice president and provost. McPheron’s appointment is effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the board of trustees of Ohio State.

“Bruce brings a unique set of qualifications to his new position”, said Jack Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and vice chairman of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees. “His Ohio roots are deep; he was raised here, graduated from Ohio State and served as an Ohio county Extension agent. His experience in higher education engaged him in research, teaching, Extension and the highest levels of administration. He has proven abilities in connecting with students, faculty and staff as well as colleagues across campus and throughout the nation.… Continue reading

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McPheron named Dean of OSU's CFAES

Bruce McPheron, dean, College of Agricultural SciencesBruce McPheron, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, his undergraduate alma mater.

He will replace Dr. Bobby Moser and report directly to Joseph A. Alutto, executive vice president and provost. McPheron’s appointment is effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the board of trustees of Ohio State.

“Bruce brings a unique set of qualifications to his new position”, said Jack Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and vice chairman of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees. “His Ohio roots are deep; he was raised here, graduated from Ohio State and served as an Ohio county Extension agent. His experience in higher education engaged him in research, teaching, Extension and the highest levels of administration. He has proven abilities in connecting with students, faculty and staff as well as colleagues across campus and throughout the nation.… Continue reading

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Ag is Cool winners announced at Ohio State Fair

Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners for the 2012 “Agriculture is Cool” visual arts contest.  Ohio school children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2011-2012 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win concert tickets at the Ohio State Fair.

Entries, which included an original video, photographs, drawings, and paintings, were judged in the four different age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Ten entries were selected as winners in their respective categories.

 

 

K-2 Drawing:                                      Isabella Yandura, Delaware, Delaware County, age 5

K-2 Painting:                                       Sarah Konecny, Perrysburg, Wood County, age 6

K-2 Photograph:                               Asa DeMange, Versailles, Darke County, age 7

K-2 Drawing:                                      Luke Jennings, Felicity, Clermont County, age 8

3-5 Photograph:                               Emma Meagrow, Sandusky, Erie County, age 8

3-5 Drawing:                                       Brandon Barr, Xenia, Greene County, age 9

6-8 Photograph:                               Ross Black, Ashville, Pickaway County, age 12

6-8 Painting:                                       Samuel Stahl, Fostoria, Hancock County, age 12

6-8 Video:                                           Spencer Channell, Powell, Delaware County, age 14

9-12 Photograph:                             Sydney Black, Ashville, Pickaway County, age 14

 

A painting produced by 12-year old Samuel Stahl of Fostoria was chosen as the 2012 “Best in Show” entry.… Continue reading

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Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association hires and promotes staff

Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) is developing its industry presence with the promotion of former director of research and community affairs, Jack Irvin, to director of government and industry affairs and introduces Brad Moffitt as its new director of market development and membership.

Moffitt has career experience as an educational instructor and a lifelong agriculturist. He was raised on and later managed a crop and livestock farm in Champaign County.
 Prior to OCWGA, he served state school systems as a high-school principal, superintendent, Ohio Department of Education consultant and area supervisor for the Ohio Agricultural Education Services. He was an agricultural education instructor for 14 years at Ridgedale High School in Marion County and Ripley High School in Brown County.

 He is a two-time National/Regional Agri-Science Teacher of the Year recipient and an Ohio Agricultural Education Teacher of the Year.

Moffitt is now responsible for managing the projects funded by the Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff programs.… Continue reading

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2012 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels  announced four 2012 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Award winners.

“These Ohio women have had an incredible impact on our state’s largest industry,” said Mrs. Kasich, who announced the creation of the award during last year’s Ohio State Fair. “It is an honor to recognize them today for their strength, leadership, and outstanding contributions.”

Amy Sigg Davis (Lebanon)

Davis has successfully managed her family farm since 1987, growing soybeans, corn and wheat, and is a licensed real estate broker specializing in farm brokerage. Davis was instrumental in the development of the Ohio Soybean Council’s research program for new uses of soybeans, which has resulted in national awards and multiple patents. She has also worked to expand export opportunities to Japan, and played a pivotal role in the development of an Ohio trade office in China.

Stephanie Jolliff (Kenton)

Jolliff raises beef cattle, hogs and chickens on her family farm in Hardin County, and is an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Ridgemont High School.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair to induct nine into Hall of Fame

The Ohio State Fair will induct nine new Hall of Fame members on July 26 in the Rhodes Center Auditorium. The 2012 inductees are as follows:

Lisa Frost, Fayette County
Bernard (Bernie) M. Heisner, Franklin County
Bryan Hetterscheidt, Morrow County
Dr. Bobby Moser, Franklin County
Kay Quinton, Miami County
Ken & Janet Stiverson, Marion County
Carl D. Williams, Morgan County
Betty Wingerter, Montgomery County

Lisa Frost has actively worked at the Ohio State Fair for 18 years in the sheep department; Lisa is a supporter of the Fair and gives many hours of her time planning and working for the Fair. Lisa has received both the Ohio State Fair Star Performer Award and the 2007 Appreciation of Support Award for her work.

Bernie M. Heisner has been a supporter of dairy cattle at the Ohio State Fair for 19 years. Over the years he has contributed financially and through man power to the Fair.… Continue reading

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Ohioan Elected to National Corn Association Board

Mount Gilead, Ohio, farmer Anthony Bush is one of five newly elected members to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) board, charged with implementing the policies that guide the organization to best serve U.S. corn farmers.
      
“I’m beyond proud to represent not only Ohio grain farmers, but farmers throughout the nation as NCGA works to strengthen our corn industry,” said Bush.

Board members work with growers to help create and increase opportunities for corn growers regarding corn ethanol, farm policy, production and stewardship, trade policy, biotechnology, research, business development and grower services. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokesmen for the NCGA.

Grower-leaders from 28 states elected the five new members who assume positions October 1 — the start of NCGA’s 2013 fiscal year.… Continue reading

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2012 Ohio State Fair fair board members

The 2012 Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members:

  • President: Seth Erwin, Fayetteville, FFA
  • Vice President: Ellen Gilliland, McCutchenville, FFA
  • Secretary: Benjamin Hisey, Greenfield, 4-H
  • Erich Auer, Pickerington, Boy Scouts
  • Rachel Buchanan, Columbus, Camp Fire USA
  • Noah Dean, Marion, Tech Ed
  • Savannah Ferkins, Dola, Girl Scouts
  • Seth Finton, Coshocton, Farm Bureau
  • Melanie Fitch, Greenwich, Grange
  • Taban Flores, Ripley, FCCLA
  • Landon Gibbs, Washington Court House, 4-H
  • Adam Hinshaw, Arcanum, Grange
  • Sierra Jepsen, Amanda, FFA
  • Jamie Martin, Covington, Girl Scouts
  • Brock Newsome, London, Tech Ed
  • Clay Parrish, Edon, FFA
  • Rachna Patel, Hamilton, FCCLA
  • Sarah Peterson, Sabina, 4-H
  • Kelsey Rumburg, Chardon, Farrm Bureau
  • Hannah Slykerman, Lancaster, 4-H

Most organizations select members for a two-year term, while some large youth groups select annually to ensure continuity of operation. Officers are selected by their peers at the completion of their first year on the board and oversee JFB activities during their second year.

Responsibilities of the JFB vary from year to year, but each member serves as an ambassador between their youth organization, the Fair and the Fair-going public.… Continue reading

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Inglis in new role for Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever has named Jim Inglis of Marysville, its Governmental Affairs Representative. Inglis is an 11-year veteran of “The Habitat Organization,” spending the past five years as Pheasants Forever’s national Farm Bill Biologist Coordinator. Inglis joins Pheasants Forever’s Government Affairs team led by Dave Nomsen.

Inglis’ primary role will be strengthening Pheasants Forever’s outreach and advocacy efforts and serving as a spokesman for state-level and national conservation policies and programs. For 30 years Pheasants Forever has, as an organization, served as one of the staunchest advocates for conservation through strong partnerships with state and federal agencies. In recent years, Pheasants Forever has accelerated the development of its Farm Bill Biologist program to serve landowners in enrolling in conservation programs. Inglis oversaw that growth, taking a program with 22 biologists in five states to one with nearly 100 biologists in 18 states.

“Jim understands the grassroots nature of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever,” said Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Vice President of Government Affairs.… Continue reading

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Garman passes away

Dane Garman — a long-time Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) member and co-founder of Garman Feed & Supply — passed away this month.

Garman, who was 85, worked for the Central Ohio Breeder’s Association (COBA), where he received a COBA technician award for breeding 10,000 cows. He and his family then moved to Napoleon, where he was the general manager of Farmers Friend Mineral Company. In 1976, Garman, along with his brother Walt Garman, purchased Garman Feed & Supply in Lyndon, which is presently owned and operated by his son Greg. In 2005, Garman opened Garman Feed & Supply in Bainbridge. Garman served in World War II, he was a member of the South Salem Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, served as chairman of the church board and was a member of the pastor-parish committee. He loved farming, animals, his business and people.… Continue reading

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Ohio Pork Producers Council announces scholarship winners

The Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 OPPC and Ohio Pork Council Women Scholarships. Together, the Ohio Pork Producers Council and the Ohio Pork Council Women are awarding 12 youth a total of $8,500 in scholarship funds.

The OPPC Scholarships were awarded to Erin Wollett of Sunbury; Rick van den Hengel of Scott; Stacie Seger of Minster; Colleen Hord of Bucyrus; Jaime Walker of Houston; Amanda Haines of Montpelier; Katie Beavers of Newcomerstown; Hayden Fisher of West Liberty and Taylor Hershberger of Upper Sandusky.

The 2012 Ohio Pork Council Women Scholarship recipients are Stacie Seger of Minster; Lauren Schwab of Somerville and Brandon Haines of Montpelier

“On behalf of the Ohio Pork Producers Council and the Ohio Pork Council Women, I congratulate the 2012 scholarship recipients on electing to pursue further education and wish them continued success as they work toward their future careers,” said Dick Isler, OPPC executive vice president.… Continue reading

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Jon Hobbs awarded $2,500 from Fayette County Farm Bureau

The Fayette County Farm Bureau is proud to support its local community through our long-standing $2,500 Reward Program. This program was established to protect property owners’ rights and deter criminal activity in rural areas. Hobbs was awarded with $2,500 for providing information that lead to a felony conviction. This program is administered by Fayette County Farm Bureau in conjunction with Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide Insurance.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s office did an exemplary job in using this information to bring the felonies to justice.… Continue reading

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Middleton to intern at Trupointe

In the fifty-third year of the program, 51 college students are exploring career opportunities as GROWMARK summer interns. Amanda Middleton, daughter of Keith and Carolyn Middleton of Wilmington, Ohio, is majoring in agriculture at Wilmington College and working for Trupointe Cooperative.

The interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, communications, and product and service-related activities.
The group attended an orientation program at the GROWMARK corporate office in May, and will reconvene in June for an agribusiness tour. Each intern will complete a special project and deliver a presentation on that project in August.

“This year, we have one of our largest intern groups ever,” said Ashley McClintock, GROWMARK university relations manager. “They will gain hands-on experience in their chosen field, and have the opportunity to clarify career goals.”

The GROWMARK intern program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, 832 students have been involved in the program.

GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services, as well as grain marketing in 31 states and Ontario, Canada.… Continue reading

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AgriGold’s 2012 Ohio interns

AgriGold is proud to introduce a group of college students that will be sharing the AgriGold story, placing field signs and working closely with their  local Corn Specialist as a part of the 2012 Sales Internship Program. The intern orientation meeting was held May 15th– 17th in St. Francisville, IL, at the AgriGold Main Office and Plant.

This year’s interns and their Corn Specialists are:

Intern                                            Hometown                                    Corn Specialist

Joshua Beck                                   Mt. Gilead, OH                                   Scott Bugg
Matthew Hankinson                     Alexandria, OH                                 Gabe Medinger
Samuel Krobath                             Perrysburg, OH                                 Kent Miller
Shelby Mann                                  Jackson Center, OH                          Ben Bowsher
Danielle Matthews                        Ohio City, OH                                     Nick Brackman
Zach Wallace                                  Hamersville, OH                                 Kyle Wilson

AgriGold is proud to invest in the future of agriculture and support college students pursuing careers in the food and fiber industry. Their time with AgriGold provides great lessons in professional and personal development along with a better understanding of the seed corn business.… Continue reading

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AgriGold's 2012 Ohio interns

AgriGold is proud to introduce a group of college students that will be sharing the AgriGold story, placing field signs and working closely with their  local Corn Specialist as a part of the 2012 Sales Internship Program. The intern orientation meeting was held May 15th– 17th in St. Francisville, IL, at the AgriGold Main Office and Plant.

This year’s interns and their Corn Specialists are:

Intern                                            Hometown                                    Corn Specialist

Joshua Beck                                   Mt. Gilead, OH                                   Scott Bugg
Matthew Hankinson                     Alexandria, OH                                 Gabe Medinger
Samuel Krobath                             Perrysburg, OH                                 Kent Miller
Shelby Mann                                  Jackson Center, OH                          Ben Bowsher
Danielle Matthews                        Ohio City, OH                                     Nick Brackman
Zach Wallace                                  Hamersville, OH                                 Kyle Wilson

AgriGold is proud to invest in the future of agriculture and support college students pursuing careers in the food and fiber industry. Their time with AgriGold provides great lessons in professional and personal development along with a better understanding of the seed corn business.… Continue reading

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OFBF scholarship recipients announced

Eleven young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,000 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The Foundation, supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

Scholarship winners for 2012 are Madeline Bauer of Avon Lake, Andrea Black of Orient, Mariah Carey of Mount Gilead, Sandra “Molly” DePue of Hamden, Amy Jo Frost of Bloomingburg, Mara Gordon of Wellington, Sierra Jepsen of Amanda, Sytske Miedema of Circleville, Sarah Peterson of Sabina, Lauren Pigg of Brookville and Aaron Sollars of Washington Court House.

Gordon and Pigg are recipients of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar Award, which recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers. Gordon is a graduate of Keystone High School and is studying animal sciences at Ohio State University (OSU).Continue reading

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Ft. Recovery man named to National Pork Board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced five appointments to the 15-member National Pork Board including Carl Link of Ft. Recovery. Link is a Production Manager at Cooper Farms. The five appointees will each serve 3-year terms.

“I am pleased that these individuals have agreed to provide their time and expertise,” said Vilsack. “I am confident that pork producers and importers will be well served by them.”
In 2010, according to USDA statistics, there were 69,100 pork operations, representing about 64 million head of pigs at the beginning of 2011. Top pork producing states included Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana.
The five appointees were chosen from among eight pork producers nominated by the National Pork Producers Delegate Body during its meeting in Denver, Colorado, in March.
Craig Mensink of Preston, Minnesota is also a newly appointed board member. Members reappointed to the board include: Brad Greenway, Mitchell, South Dakota; Dale Norton, Bronson, Michigan; and Lisa Colby, Newburyport, Massachusetts.
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