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Waugh is OFBF director of legislative relations

Spencer Waugh has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) as director of legislative relations. He is responsible for strengthening the organization’s policy objectives through analysis of proposed legislation and regulation. He also will represent the organization before the General Assembly and state agencies and departments.

Waugh previously was policy director for the Ohio Board of Regents, legislative aid for Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Cliff Hite, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Dave Hall and Rep. Tom Brinkman.  He also served as a page in the Ohio House.  Waugh is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in history. He and his wife, Sydney, reside in Hilliard.

“Spencer has a great deal of experience working with legislators and will do a great job helping Farm Bureau members accomplish their policy goals,” said Keith Stimpert, OFBF senior vice president, public policy.

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Ohio DFA member news

Change was a consistent theme throughout Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) 13th Annual Meeting. More than 1,300 members and industry guests convened for the meeting, which emphasized the Cooperative’s focus and determination to embrace the need for change in the dairy industry.

At the meeting, the 2011 Members of Distinction were introduced. Each year, the Cooperative honors one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas demonstrating exemplary vision, leadership and innovation in the dairy industry. The 2011 honorees included Ohio’s Spring-Run Farms, Shreve.

In addition, outgoing Board member Urban Mescher, Maria Stein, were recognized for his contributions to the Cooperative, and Chuck Moellendick, Pleasantville, was seated as an incoming director.

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Niblack to lead OSU plant pathology department

Terry Niblack is proud to be sitting at the helm of “what’s arguably the best plant pathology department in the country.”

Niblack, who took the reins as chair of Ohio State University’s Department of Plant Pathology on Aug. 16, admits she feels like she can brag about the department, because its reputation preceded her.

The National Research Council has ranked the department’s graduate program among the best in the country for years. Now, Niblack will enjoy the challenge of “increasing the gap between us and the also-rans,” she said, smiling, and also launching a newly created master’s degree in plant health management as well as a bachelor’s degree in plant pathology.

“Plant pathology has traditionally been graduate study, because there’s so much detail one has to master in the field,” Niblack said. “But lately, industry — including seed companies and plant breeding programs — has seen the need for pathologists with broad training.

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Ohio corn and wheat CEO moves on

After 15 years of serving Ohio’s grain industry, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) CEO, Dwayne Siekman, is stepping down to pursue new career opportunities.

“I’m proud to say that we’ve achieved many goals and accomplishments with the association and agricultural community throughout the years for the betterment of our farmers, ag economy and our state,” Siekman said. “After thoughtful consideration, I’m ready to tackle new challenges in my professional career.”

Siekman and OCWGA worked to address domestic and international issues that affect the success of Ohio’s corn and wheat markets, including ethanol, livestock, trade, environment and transportation issues, as well as federal farm programs, research and marketing programs.

Siekman began his relationship with the Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA) and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) in 1996 as director of programs and in 2004 was selected as its executive director.  In 2005 he began managing the Ohio Wheat Growers Association (OWGA).

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Ohio State's Dr. Bobby Moser to Retire

The longest-tenured dean at The Ohio State University announced his transition plans today.

Bobby D. Moser, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), said he would step down as dean once his replacement is found.  He has agreed to stay on during a transitional period to assist a new dean and will be accepting some new assignments once the search is completed.

As vice president for agricultural administration, Moser oversees the college, Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). This includes 1,900 faculty and staff, 3,200 students, and an annual budget of $195 million.

Moser has served as vice president and dean at CFAES for nearly 20 years.  He is also executive dean of the university’s professional colleges and served as vice president for university outreach from 2001 to 2008.

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Ohio State’s Dr. Bobby Moser to Retire

The longest-tenured dean at The Ohio State University announced his transition plans today.

Bobby D. Moser, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), said he would step down as dean once his replacement is found.  He has agreed to stay on during a transitional period to assist a new dean and will be accepting some new assignments once the search is completed.

As vice president for agricultural administration, Moser oversees the college, Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). This includes 1,900 faculty and staff, 3,200 students, and an annual budget of $195 million.

Moser has served as vice president and dean at CFAES for nearly 20 years.  He is also executive dean of the university’s professional colleges and served as vice president for university outreach from 2001 to 2008.

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Ray joins Direct Enterprises sales force

Direct Enterprises Inc., an independent provider of agricultural products and services, announces the addition of Mitch Ray to its sales team. Ray will be responsible for the sale of soybean genetics, seed treatments, inoculants and other seed treatment additives to independent seed companies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. In addition, he will be selling seed treating equipment and handle seed treatment sales to seed companies and dealers in Michigan.

Ray is a graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture with an associate’s degree in horticulture. He grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Tekamah, Neb. For more information, call Ray at 989-640-5565.

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Schwartz gets NCGA scholarship

Jessica Schwartz, Farmdale, a first-year graduate student at Ohio State University specializing in horticulture and crop sciences, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

The NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program awarded five $1,000 scholarships during the 2011 Commodity Classic to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Winners also received a trip to Commodity Classic and special recognition during the NCGA awards banquet.

“Supporting passionate agriculture students is a commitment that the NCGA takes very seriously,” said Pam Johnson, a Corn Board member and liaison to the Grower Services Action Team. “Providing students with the financial resources to complete their education is the key to building strong agricultural leaders of tomorrow. We thank BASF for its integral role and support in these scholarships. Together we are laying the foundation for future industry success.”

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Montgomery SWCD honors Glander

Each year, the Ohio Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Employees (OASWCDE) recognizes a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisor who has been an example of going above and beyond for the SWCD and the community, supporting the employees, and working for the best for the people they represent. This year, Montgomery SWCD’s own Fred Glander was recognized as the OSWCDE Supervisor of the Year.

Glander has served on the Montgomery SWCD Board of Supervisors for 45 years, holding nearly all positions. He has had an excellent attendance record at board meetings and all the extra meetings that come with being involved in the SWCD, like budget hearings, VIP tours, and drainage meetings.

He has supported and promoted conservation practices, such as no-till, that are now considered standard, and was part of the yes vote that allowed the Montgomery SWCD to purchase and rent out a no-till drill and planter for a number of years.

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OPPC honors retiring Board members

The Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) recently recognized three individuals who have served on the OPPC Board of Directors. Since 2007, each individual has served as a delegate at the Pork Industry Forum and were members of various OPPC committees.

Mike Barhorst, Mansfield, is employed by Kalmbach Swine Management in Upper Sandusky. Alan Evers is employed by Cooper Farms in western Ohio. He and his wife, Kate, reside in West Newton with their family. Bill Fricke and his wife, Lynnette, reside in Archbold.

Each of these individuals have served two, two-year terms on the OPPC Board of Directors representing the Ohio pork industry and their assigned district.

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Select Sires honors Super Achievers

Select Sires honors Super Achievers

Twenty-eight members of the Select Sires Inc. sales and service team from throughout North America have been named Super Achievers. This prestigious Select Sires achievement award is given to employees that demonstrate sales growth and provide exemplary service to their customers with a high level of passion for their customers’ success.

Managers of the 10 Select Sires member cooperatives and Select Sires Canada choose sales representatives, technicians and service specialists from their organizations to receive this award. Select Sires Super Achievers from Ohio are: COBA/Select Sires, Paul Detwiler, Marysville, Cormac Irwin, Big Prairie; and Select Sires Inc., Bill DeLong, Marysville, Ohio.

Based in Plain City, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives.

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SCI welcomes a new area seedsman

Seed Consultants, Inc., is pleased to announce that Lance Weaver has been named an area seedsman. In his new position Lance will cover Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Muskingum, Morrow, Marion and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio.

Raised near Coshocton, Oh., Lance has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, and recently completed the Certified Crop Advisor training. Lance has been a part of the Seed Consultants team since 2008.

“My career goal was to be in the seed business,” Lance said. “I’m looking forward to taking care of the customer.”

“Lance has a passion for serving farmers and is dedicated to meeting their needs. We’re
looking forward to him serving this area,” said Chris Jeffries, general manager at SCI.
Lance can be reached on his mobile phone at (740) 502-6622 or by e-mail at LanceWeaver@seedconsultants.com.

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It’s good to be the queen

By Matt Reese

Last spring, my family had the opportunity to meet the first ever Ohio Wool Queen, Elaine Leightey, and her husband Franklin, from Upper Sandusky. Leightey was crowned in 1955 as the first queen. It was fun for my wife to meet Mrs. Leightey because Kristin was the Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen in 1999 and is the current coordinator for the contest. Our daughter Campbell was extremely excited to meet the “Queen” and has royal aspirations as well, with hopes of one day being a Lamb and Wool Queen herself. All in all, it was a very royal afternoon.

Here are some very queenly photos and more about Leightey and the queen tradition she started. At the Ohio State Fair this weekend, 2010-2011 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Morgan Senath Melvin crowned Meghan Bennett, from Shelby County, as the next recipient of this honor. Judges at the Ohio State Fair will select the queen on Sunday, July 31 based on an application, interview and their answer to an impromptu question from a panel of judges live at the conclusion of the Guys and Gals lead competition.

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It's good to be the queen

By Matt Reese

Last spring, my family had the opportunity to meet the first ever Ohio Wool Queen, Elaine Leightey, and her husband Franklin, from Upper Sandusky. Leightey was crowned in 1955 as the first queen. It was fun for my wife to meet Mrs. Leightey because Kristin was the Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen in 1999 and is the current coordinator for the contest. Our daughter Campbell was extremely excited to meet the “Queen” and has royal aspirations as well, with hopes of one day being a Lamb and Wool Queen herself. All in all, it was a very royal afternoon.

Here are some very queenly photos and more about Leightey and the queen tradition she started. At the Ohio State Fair this weekend, 2010-2011 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Morgan Senath Melvin crowned Meghan Bennett, from Shelby County, as the next recipient of this honor. Judges at the Ohio State Fair will select the queen on Sunday, July 31 based on an application, interview and their answer to an impromptu question from a panel of judges live at the conclusion of the Guys and Gals lead competition.

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Shearer Named Chair of Food, Ag & Biological Engineering at OSU

Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering has a new department chair.

Scott A. Shearer began his duties July 1. A native of Tipp City, Ohio, and an alumnus of the department, he most recently served as professor and chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on precision agriculture technologies.

“We have an extremely strong program here at Ohio State, and I’m looking forward to finding ways to make it even stronger,” Shearer said. “Our profession has the expertise to address many of the problems facing society when it comes to meeting both food and energy needs in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner. To do this will require that we continue to attract the best and brightest students to our discipline.”

The department is part of two colleges at Ohio State — the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and the College of Engineering.

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Shearer Named Chair of Food, Ag & Biological Engineering at OSU

Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering has a new department chair.

Scott A. Shearer began his duties July 1. A native of Tipp City, Ohio, and an alumnus of the department, he most recently served as professor and chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on precision agriculture technologies.

“We have an extremely strong program here at Ohio State, and I’m looking forward to finding ways to make it even stronger,” Shearer said. “Our profession has the expertise to address many of the problems facing society when it comes to meeting both food and energy needs in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner. To do this will require that we continue to attract the best and brightest students to our discipline.”

The department is part of two colleges at Ohio State — the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and the College of Engineering.

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Three Selected for Jersey Youth Academy

Three Ohio youth were part of the 40-member class for the second Jersey Youth Academy, July 17 to 22 in Columbus.

“Building upon AJCA programs initiated over 50 years ago, the Jersey Youth Academy is an in-depth educational program focused specifically on the Jersey cow and the Jersey business,” said David Chamberlain, president of the American Jersey Cattle Association. “At the same time, Academy challenges its participants to explore the broad range of career opportunities involving Jerseys and the dairy industry.

The Ohio participants in the second Jersey Youth Academy were: Kira Andre, Wauseon; William D. Grammer, Sebring; and Erin Williams, McConnelsville.

Selection was based on merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement. Applications were reviewed by a committee appointed by Chamberlain and chaired by AJCA Director James Quist. All program costs, including round-trip transportation for participants, were paid by the Academy.

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Hall Interns with Select Sires

Anna Hall, Williamsburg, has been selected as the 2011 beef-sire marketing intern for Select Sires Inc. Her job responsibilities at Select Sires will include assisting with promotional projects, preparation of promotional materials and obtaining information for the beef website.

Hall is a senior at Ohio State University pursuing a bachelor’s in agricultural communication with a minor in animal science. Hall has an extensive 4-H and FFA background, including a year serving as the Ohio FFA state secretary and receiving her American FFA Degree. Prior to joining Select Sires, Hall worked as a loss control intern with Nationwide Agribusiness and a farm hand on Van Scoy Farms in Ridgeway. Currently, she is also a public policy intern with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Based in Plain City, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives.

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