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Ohio student creating Fast Farm

Raised on a corn and soybean farm in Kenton, Brandi Barrett was destined to become an agricultural entrepreneur.

Barrett is a recent graduate in agricultural business at Iowa State University. This summer, Barrett was selected and is currently going through a 10-week summer accelerator at Iowa State University called CYstarters. The program is led by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship for students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea. Students receive $6,000 for individual or up to $12,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations.

She is working on a business plan called Fast Farm. Fast Farm helps farm equipment dealers find qualified leads so they can make more sales and save more time. On the flip-side, Fast Farm helps rural American farmers find necessary farm equipment in a timely manner so their time can be spent on what matters most — livestock, crops and family.

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Farmers help Ohio students earn scholarships

With the help of local farmers, 22 Ohio students have been awarded scholarships from the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program, established in 2014, seeks to raise awareness of the job prospects in agriculture and provides scholarships to students pursuing studies in ag-related fields.

While agriculture has become one of the most promising sectors for job growth — 57,900 high-skilled jobs are created annually in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environmental fields in the United States, according to the USDA — a recent survey, sponsored by America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, found that fewer than one in five students surveyed feel they understand the diverse array of career opportunities in the agriculture field. The Grow Ag Leaders program aims to change that by awarding deserving students with scholarships to pursue an education in any ag-related field of study, including agronomy, education, engineering and many others.

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Ohio family recognized for historic Angus herd

James Rentz of Creek Side Farm in Coldwater is well known in the industry for his 65 years of dedication raising high-quality Angus cattle and making monumental impacts within the breed and its Association.

The American Angus Association is proud to recognize Rentz as a recipient of the Historic Angus Herd award as a way to showcase his commitment to the Angus breed. This award is presented to active Angus breeders and immediate family members who have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 or more years.

Since joining the American Angus Association in 1953, Creek Side Farm has participated in shows and sales at the local, state and national level. Rentz and his wife, Judy, have three children who were active in the Ohio Junior Angus Association and successfully exhibited cattle at several National Junior Angus Shows (NJAS). He and his family have bred and exhibited multiple winners and sale topper cattle throughout the years.

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McDonald new SCI director of agronomic services

Seed Consultants welcomes Bill McDonald as their new Director of Agronomic Services. Bill has a long track record of providing excellent agronomic advice to growers in the eastern Corn Belt. Additionally, he is a past Ohio Certified Crop Advisor of the year.

“Bill brings an outstanding track record of providing excellent agronomic advice as well as impeccable customer service to Seed Consultants. He will be a great addition to lead our agronomic support staff,” said Daniel Call, general manager for Seed Consultants.

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Brown selected as nationwide Teach Ag ambassador

Kelse Brown, of Edgerton was recently selected as a National Teach Ag Ambassador, an outreach program of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators to promote the agricultural education profession.

Over the next year, Brown will be one of 12 future agriculture teachers from across the nation who will serve as National Teach Ag Ambassadors. The selected students were chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants. The primary goal for the ambassadors is to encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher, by sharing their passion and enthusiasm with others. Specifically, Brown and his fellow ambassadors will represent the National Teach Ag Campaign at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 25 to 28. The ambassadors will also work with local and state leaders in agricultural education to encourage students to pursue a major in agricultural education throughout their year of service.

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Wehrkamp takes leadership of Animal Agriculture Alliance board

Terry Wehrkamp, director of live production, Cooper Farms, is now chairperson of The Animal Agriculture Alliance Board of Directors. Cooper Farms has been a member of the Alliance for more than 10 years and Wehrkamp has served on the board since 2014. Wehrkamp accepted the gavel at the spring board meeting earlier this month from immediate past chairperson Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board.

As director of live production, Wehrkamp manages the teams caring for the company’s turkeys, hogs and chickens and its feed production. A well-respected industry leader, Wehrkamp was inducted into The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Fame in December 2015 and was awarded the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

 

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Brown elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees

Nathan Brown of Hillsboro has been elected District 20 Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will help govern the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization and represent Farm Bureau members from Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties.

He was elected in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Craig Adams, who recently retired to accept a position on the board of directors for Nationwide.

Brown is a first-generation farmer. He and his wife, Jennifer, grow corn and soybeans and operate a cow/calf herd. They are the parents of three young children.

Brown is a member of Highland County Farm Bureau and has served as its president. He also was on Farm Bureau’s state Young Ag Professionals committee and was its chairman and served on the state policy development committee. Brown was OFBF’s Outstanding Young Farmer award recipient in 2013.

He is a township trustee and is a member of Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers, Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Township Trustees Association.

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OFBF adds organizational directors

The Ohio Farm Bureau recently hired new organizational directors to assist county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and act as a liaison between county Farm Bureaus and the state office.

Kayla Jones of Newark has been named organization director for Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties. She will assist county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.

Previously, Jones worked for the Licking County auditor’s office as director of CAUV and ag district programs and deputy director of oil and gas taxation. She also taught high school English and worked for the Tractor Supply Co. She has bachelor’s degree in English from Muskingum College and a master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Ohio State University as well as American and State FFA degrees.

Jones is Licking County Farm Bureau president and a graduate of AgriPOWER.

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Emilie Regula joins the Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Soybean Council

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) welcomed Emilie Regula as the OSA Policy & Membership Coordinator/OSC Marketing & Outreach Coordinator.

As Policy & Membership Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSA’s legislative and policy program, coordinate membership campaigns, and organize OSA participation in statewide, regional and national programs and events. As Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSC’s marketing projects related to animal agriculture and soy biodiesel, and coordinate outreach to key industry partners.

Regula joins OSA and OSC after several years of legislative experience, first as Legislative Aide with State Senator Frank LaRose, and then as Legislative Liaison with the Ohio Treasurer of State. Most recently Regula was Senior Legislative Aide in the office of State Senator Cliff Hite, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Regula also is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.

Regula grew up on her family’s Stark County farm and showed steers every year with her 4-H group.

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Donnie Parrott passes away

Donald Gwynn “Donnie” Parrott, 50 of Magnetic Springs, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, April 28, 2017 at the Memorial Hospital in Marysville.

He was born November 9, 1966 in Kenton to William and Sally (Sanders) Parrott, and they both survive.

On February 24, 1990, he married the love of his life, Connie Colvin in Marysville, and she survives.

Donnie loved life, it’s as simple as that.  He instilled into his children how it was to truly live and enjoy life to the fullest with no regrets and with hearts full of adventure. He enjoyed taking annual hunting trips to Wyoming with his father.  He was a man who never met a stranger; those who didn’t know him knew of him and how truly great a man he was. He loved his wife and kids unconditionally and was truly at home when they were all together.  He enjoyed coaching his kids in their various activities, including North Union Junior Football.

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Bob Hendershot awarded 2017 Distinguished Grasslander Award

The American Forage and Grassland Council awarded Bob Hendershot, retired State Grassland Conservationist in Ohio for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the 2017 Distinguished Grasslander Award at its annual conference in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Distinguished Grasslander Award is presented to individuals who, during their careers, have served the forage and grassland segment of agriculture with distinction.

“My desire has been to help farmers conserve and improve their soil, water and plant resources. Forages and pastures are one of our most misunderstood, underutilized and abused land uses. I have been blessed to share knowledge and information on soils, plants, animals and water to help producers protect the environment, improve their families’ lifestyle and increase their income,” Hendershot said.

Hendershot is known throughout the grazing community. He has walked countless number of pasture fields and provided technical services to many farmers across Ohio and surrounding states.

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Tim Derickson new ODA assistant director

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David T. Daniels has appointed former State Representative Tim Derickson as the department’s assistant director. Derickson most recently served as executive director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. One of his many accomplishments in the legislature was sponsorship of HB 89 in March 2011 that established Ohio Agriculture Week, an annual week of recognition dedicated to the state’s largest industry.

“Tim Derickson will be a perfect addition to our team at ODA,” Daniels said. “His farming background coupled with his

legislative and executive experience will help our agency and its dedicated employees serve the people of Ohio by responsibly carrying out ODA’s mission of responsible regulation that allows Ohio’s farmers and food processers to grow and prosper.”

Growing up, Derickson worked full-time on his family’s dairy farm in Hanover Township, Butler County, while attending Talawanda High School, Clark State Community College and Miami University.

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Carney fills new position at Ohio Farm Bureau

Adam Carney of Plain City has been named director of membership sales for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Carney brings more than 10 years of sales and sales leadership experience to this newly created position. He was most recently employed as director of premium sales and service with the Columbus Crew.

“His knowledge will be an asset as we continue to focus on growing our organization,” said Paul Lyons, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director, membership.

Carney received his bachelor’s degree in sports management/business from Wilmington College in 2005. He and his wife, Jody, have two children.

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24 graduate from Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive leadership program

Twenty-four farmers and agribusiness professionals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute Class VIII. Started in 2008, AgriPOWER is an intensive, yearlong leadership training program that helps participants develop important skills so they can become effective community leaders and advocates for agriculture. Over the course of the year, they learned about local, state and federal public policy topics important to the agricultural and food industry. Sessions took place in Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Georgia.

Class VIII graduates are Linda Ayres-Louiso of West Union, Nate Bair of Upper Sandusky, Ryan Conklin of Plain City, Amanda Crawford of North Canton, Haley Davis of Bucyrus, Paul Dorrance of Chillicothe, Jessica Draganic of South Solon, Charlie Ellington of Louisville, Tracy Emrick of Doylestown, Britta Fenstermaker of McComb, Jerri Furniss of Westerville, Dave Green of New Washington, Brad Guckian of Camden, Andy Hollenback of Utica, Seth Middleton of Sidney, Bennett Musselman of Orient, Rita Myers of Oregon, Jessica Parrish of Mechanicsburg, Racine Ramsey of Mechanicsburg, Jan Shannon of Orient, Macy Staggs of Seaman, Nathan Vandenbroek of Findlay, Clark Walker of Vinton and J.D.

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Cobb named location manager at Archbold Equipment Bowling Green

Archbold Equipment Company has named Phil Cobb Location Manager of the Bowling Green CASE IH dealership.

“Phil brings diverse experience to this location,” said Zach Hetterick, Archbold Equipment CEO. “His extensive background in service, industry knowledge and leadership skills will strengthen the Bowling Green team. We look forward to him expanding and developing the staff there.”

Cobb comes to Archbold Equipment from AGCO, where he was Key Account Manager in Ohio and Indiana. Prior to that he held various roles at Case New Holland including Regional Service Manager, Cash Crop Specialist, Product Sales Training Specialist and Combine Field Test Intern. Cobb has also spent time custom harvesting from Texas to Montana.

“I am looking forward to getting back closer to my farming roots, working with the local community and farmers in the area,” Cobb said. “I plan to work with the Bowling Green team to enhance the location for customers as well as the staff.”

Cobb grew up on a farm in England and graduated from State University of New York with a degree in Agricultural Equipment Technology.

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ASA honors Joslin

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently honored the late Rob Joslin, of Sidney with its Lifetime Achievement Award-Association Focus, at its annual awards banquet during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

The Lifetime Achievement Award-Association Focus is ASA’s highest recognition. It honors individuals

who have provided many years of outstanding leadership and dedication to the work of ASA and U.S. soybean farmers.

Joslin, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2016, was remembered by fellow soybean farmers and friends during the awards banquet, and his wife Ellen Joslin and daughter Gail (Joslin) Kelley accepted his posthumous award.

Joslin was a member of the Ohio Soybean Association and ASA for nearly 30 years. He served on numerous committees and in all top leadership positions at both the state and national level. He was also a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary.

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Moraes joins OSU Department of Animal Sciences

Luis Moraes joined the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University on December 15, 2016. He grew up in Brazil where his family owns and manages a beef cattle operation.

Moraes has been always involved with agriculture through his family business and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomic Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo at the ESALQ campus. Following his graduation, he

moved to California where he received two Master of Science degrees, one in Animal Biology and one in Statistics, and a PhD in Animal Biology, all from the University of California-Davis. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis in the Department of Animal Science until he joined the faculty at Ohio State as an Assistant Professor.

His research focuses on the application of statistics, mathematics, and economics to the animal sciences. He is particularly interested in the use of economic optimization models for dairy management.

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Reynolds joins OCW

Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) is pleased to announce the addition of Brad Reynolds to its staff.

As the Communications Director, Reynolds will be responsible for leading the development and execution of annual communications plans for Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, the Ohio Corn Checkoff and the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. He will also serve as an industry spokesperson and media liaison throughout Ohio and the U.S.

Reynolds comes to Ohio Corn & Wheat with 15 years of advocacy and government relations experience with the State of Ohio. Most recently, Reynolds served as the Senior Communications Manager on the Division of Disability Determination team at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. There, he served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team providing strategic planning on all communication activity.

“Brad’s government relations experience and communications expertise will make him a valuable addition to our team,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of OCW.

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NFU recognizes Ohioan

National Farmers Union (NFU) recognized the efforts of members, county and local organizations, and state divisions for their excellence in membership recruitment and outreach at the 115th Anniversary Convention.

“A strong grassroots network is the backbone of a farmer-led organization,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Our peer-driven approach to membership and outreach is what keeps our organization rooted in rural America, and I am honored to recognize the efforts of these dedicated leaders.”

Annually, National Farmers Union presents one or more awards in each of four categories: Silver Star Award, Membership Achievement Award, Leadership Achievement Award, and Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award.

William Miller from Ohio Farmers Union received the Membership Achievement Award for his dedication to recruitment.

 

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