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Genetic excellence a family tradition at Bunker Hill Farm

By Matt Reese

Whether through on-farm production, the show ring or industry service and leadership, the Shultz family and Ohio’s sheep industry have been intertwined for generations on Bunker Hill Farm in Logan County. The current generation on the farm — Bill and Susan Shultz — were recognized with the 2019 Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award Dec. 14.

“The award is about being good shepherds and good sheep people, but also leadership and involvement in the industry,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program and director of livestock policy for Ohio Farm Bureau. “Both Bill and Susan as well as Bill’s dad have been very involved in the leadership of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association for what is now 70 years.”

Farrell Shultz served as the first president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association in 1949. His son, Bill, served as OSIA president in 1979 and Bill’s wife, Susan, served as president in 2009.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 132 | No-Till and Farm Bureau

Dusty, Dale, Bart, and Kolt have the podcast brought to you by AgriGold this week. The team reflects on the Ohio No-Till Conference an hears and update from Eric Niemeyer from that event. Then, we also heard an update from Adam Sharp, the Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation from the 101st annual meeting. Additionally, Dave Russell sends in a special interview with Joe Cornely, who is hanging up his hat on farm broadcasting career.… Continue reading

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Ohio No-Till Conference Videos

The Ohio No-Till Council held their annual conference last week. Ohio Ag Net was there to video all of the information to bring it to you. You can watch each segment below on this page. Our own Dusty Sonnenberg has the highlight story here.

Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Life | Mark Anson

Soil Health, No-Till, and Cover Crops Panel

Ohio Department of Agriculture | Director Dorothy Pelanda

Indigo Carbon

Cover Crops Panel

My Farm Story – Nathan Brause

NutrientStar | Karen Chapman, Brookside Labs

Business Meeting

Awards

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 131 | Carbon and Cover Crops

Dale, Bart, and Matt are in the hot seat this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Dale catches up with John Linder at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention and meeting. Dale also catches up with Noah Walker from Indigo Carbon talking all things carbon credits. That and more this week on the podcast!… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 130 | Thanksgiving Pie

Dale, Bart, and Matt are bringing you this episode of the Ohio Ag Net podcast brought to you by AgriGold. A slightly aggressive conversation is had over Thanksgiving pie and Christmas Trees. Bart and Matt sit down with some folks from Ag Resource Management and discuss some financial pieces. Dale also hears an update from Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition from NAFB.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 129 | Trade Talk and Thanksgiving Preparation

Dale, Bart, and Kolt have returned from a week in Kansas City for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention. They meet back up with Matt for the podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Dusty and Matt talk with Ben Frobrose of Wood County, Kolt catches up with Hannah Thompson Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, and Matt has an update from the Ohio Christmas Tree Association on Operation Evergreen.… Continue reading

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Hearing from Agriculture at Trade Talk | NAFB 2019🎙

Dale, Bart, and Kolt  are in Kansas City this week at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention and meetings. The highlight of the event is the “Trade Talk” trade show where agribusinesses and associations from all walks of agriculture come to share the latest on their companies with Farm Broadcasters from around the country. Listen in to their travels around the Trade Talk floor in Kansas City.

Animal Agriculture Alliance

Dekalb Asgrow

BASF

Channel

Climate FieldView

FMC

Indigo Carbon

Indigo Ag

Growmark

Mosaic

National Pork Board | President

National Pork Board | African Swine Fever

Nutrien Ag Solutions

Pioneer

AGI SureTrack

Syngenta

United Soybean Board

Corteva

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 128 | Water Quality and Dual Purpose Beards

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast (always brought to you by AgriGold) Aaron Heilers of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network joined Matt, Kolt, and Dusty to discuss the latest in water quality and their new video series. Also on the podcast, Matt talks to Brian and Stacie Anderson about all things turkey. Dusty will also visit with Laura Lindsey and Peter Thomison of Ohio State on some agronomic updates.… Continue reading

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Cab Cam with Navy Veterans Peggy and Sid Vigil

On this Veterans Day Bart Johnson visits with Navy Veterans Peggy and Sid Vigil who found a second career in farming after retiring from a career in the US Navy. Hear about the opportunity Delbert and Barb Crook offered Peggy and Sid to take over their farming operation and the obstacles they overcame to make it work.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 127 | National FFA Convention Recap

After a trip to Indianapolis for the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo, Matt, Dale, and Kolt are here with a recap of the whole week. Kolesen McCoy became the third FFA member from Ohio to become National FFA President, and we catch up with him in the podcast. Additionally, highlighting Ohio FFA’s success, we caught up with some members of the Covington UVCC FFA Chapter who was named the Model of Excellence Chapter for the country. Matt also sat down with a few of the Ohio FFA state officers to catch up about the National FFA Convention. All of that and more this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold.… Continue reading

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National FFA Convention photo highlights

 

 

 

American FFA Degrees – 438

                                                        

American Star in Agribusiness Finalist Luke Scott, Wynford

 

American Star in Agriscience Finalist Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace

 

American Star Farmer Finalist Todd Peterson, Miami Trace

 

Honorary American Degree

Roland Fisher, Covington

 

National Officer Candidate Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

 

National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)

Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-Franklin

Agriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Agricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West Holmes

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC

Agricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTC

Beef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCC

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC

Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen

Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, Fairview

Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley

Diversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, Marietta

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCC

Equine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCC

Forage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper Sandusky

Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville

Grain Production-Placement – Reed Aller, St.… Continue reading

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Ohio shines in National FFA Proficiency competition

 

Ohio FFA had an extremely impressive showing in the 2019 National Proficiency competition at the National FFA Convention with state-record setting 27 finalists. Six Ohio FFA members came out on top.

 

 

Interviews with Ohio’s National Proficiency Award winners

 

Rachel Sherman | Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship

Jacob Wuebker | Diversified Agricultural Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Justin Scott | Diversified Crop Production – Placement

Austin Dotterer | Fruit Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Joanna Frankenberg | Dairy Production – Placement

Andy Holscher | Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementContinue reading

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