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50th Sale of Champions

The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held on the last day of the Ohio State Fair in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $284,000. This year’s sale broke one record: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $32,000, breaking the previous record of $31,000 set in 2013.

“The Ohio State Fair is rooted in agriculture, and each year we’re privileged to celebrate the hard work of our youth exhibitors. That’s what the Fair is all about,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “I’m eternally grateful for our incredibly supportive buyers.… Continue reading

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Junior Market Barrow Show at the 2017 Ohio State Fair

Junior Market Barrow results



Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold

Reserve: Aaron Rolfe, Sabina


Chester White

Grand Champion: Lillian Rees, Bidwell

Reserve: Alexa Hawk, Harrod


Dark Crossbred

Grand Champion: Matthew Butterfield, Oxford

Reserve: Mason Creager, Wauseon



Grand Champion: Coby Hughes, Sabina

Reserve: Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina



Grand Champion: Mason Creager, Wauseon

Reserve: Austin Hunker, Bellevue



Grand Champion: Cameron Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton



Grand Champion: Peyton Bumgardner, South Vienna

Reserve: Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton


Light Crossbred

Grand Champion: Ella Sprang, Lakeville

Reserve: Lea Kimley, South Charleston


Poland China

Grand Champion: Treanna Lavy, Pleasant Hill

Reserve: Ethan Wendt, Dublin



Grand Champion: Lindsey Dore, Galena

Reserve: Kaci Way, West Salem



Grand Champion: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky



Grand Champion: Levi Stauffer, Mt. Blanchard

Reserve: Madison Petro, Gallipolis


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2017 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show

Check back daily for photos and results from the 2017 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse show.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Afternoon Show Photos

Evening Show Photos

Official Results from Monday’s Show


Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

Official Results from Tuesday’s Show


Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Official Results from Wednesday’s Show


Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

Official Results from Thursday and Friday Shows


Official Results from Friday Evening


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Rainy weather plagues July

The first half of July has left many farmers with very soggy, flooded fields and struggling crops all around the state of Ohio. It seems there was ample moisture pretty much everywhere in Ohio in the last couple of weeks in what has been a very wet start to the month.

“What’s going on right now is obviously we’ve seen an incredible amount of rainfall across a lot of Ohio and that’s thanks to a very slow moving frontal boundary moving through a lot of the Ohio valley right now,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist with BAMWX.com. “For a normal seven-day period here across the state of Ohio, typically we only see about an inch to maybe an inch and a quarter in any given week during the middle of July. During this very wet stretch a lot of places have seen that just last night. As we move through the seven-day period, a lot of areas have seen two to six inches of rain.… Continue reading

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Fifty years of setting the standard: The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Fifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Today, 422 champions have been honored and more than $6.4 million in sales have been generated by the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

“We’re just trying to get them money to go to college and help them buy some farms,” said Gov. Jim Rhodes to Ed Johnson in a 1982 interview.

Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff, who had been selling livestock at the Ohio State Fair since 1952.… Continue reading

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Ohio to Kansas photo highlights: Farmers helping farmers

March 2017

Ohioans got together through Facebook to lend a helping hand to the folks in need in Ashland, Kansas after devastating wildfires burned the area.

March 24

7 a.m: The BAV crew meets up at the Beck’s facility near London.

8:30 a.m: The crew congregated at a rest stop near the Indiana state line with media, more than 40 loads of hay, feed, fencing supplies, and other items to start the convoy west.

9 a.m. to after 7 p.m.: The convoy cruised due west on I-70 through some brutal crosswinds, a traffic jam or two and some rain showers.

7:19 p.m.: BAV crew arrived at the Kansas City Hotel (with the remainder of the Kansas City Group to follow) for a delicious dinner at Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. The rest of the group continued on to Pratt about an hour out from Ashland.

March 25

7:45 a.m.: The groups fueled up for the last push for Ashland.… Continue reading

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Ohio Beef Expo highlights

The Ohio Beef Expo celebrated its 30th year in grand style setting records and packing the Expo Center facilities full for the three-day event.

“It is great to come to an event like this because it creates enthusiasm,” said John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension beef specialist. “It is a little bit like a church revival.”

Grimes gave an overview of Ohio’s beef industry in a presentation at the event and sees reason for optimism moving forward.

“This decade has been pretty eventful. Grain prices were high early in the decade — I did not like buying $7 and $8 corn to feed cattle. Land values went up and there were challenges that way. That stabilized and then the drought out west reduced the numbers. In 2014 the cow herd was smaller than it had been in over 60 years,” Grimes said. “We responded to economic signals and the nation’s cow herd in the last year grew by a million cows.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s National FFA Officers

With 33, Ohio has the most National FFA Officers of any state. For National FFA Week, we thought we would highlight Ohio’s talented former National Officers.

Here are Ohio’s National FFA officers:

Lawrence Augustine, from Ashley, served as the National FFA Second Vice President in 1928-1929.

Ralph Bender, from Waldo, served as National Eastern Region Vice President in 1930-1931. From 1948-78, he was Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Education at OSU. He taught agricultural education at several universities in the United States and worked with other countries to help them develop agricultural education programs.

Bobby Jones, from Radnor, served as National FFA President
 in 1933-1934 and then worked at World’s Natural Science in Rochester, NY.

Stanley Tschantz, from the Wayne County JVS, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1935-1936.

William Stiers, from the Twin Valley South Chapter, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1937-1938.

Carl Fought, from the Fremont Chapter, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1941-1942.… Continue reading

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A barn full of Internationals and not a tractor in sight

I often find myself driving through rural Ohio and wondering what is hiding, purposefully or not, behind the rotted walls of centuries old barns in the countryside. There are surely stories those structures could tell and who knows what treasures that might lie within — most with more value of sentiment than monetary.

But never judge a barn by its cover. That is a lesson that I recently learned in northwest Ohio as I made my way to a crop insurance meeting in early February.

That is where a found an incredible collection of vintage International cars and trucks in a newer 100 by 160 barn, owned by Rich Kleinoeder.

“I became friends with an International dealer and we started with one truck that we paid $1,000 for,” Kleinoeder said. “We have a hard time selling anything because we become attached to what we have bought over the years. They’re like our kids now.”

The 60-car collection spans from the first International cars made in 1908 to the manufacturer’s last efforts with trucks in 1980.… Continue reading

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2017 OCA meeting and banquet set goals and highlighted award winners

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association gathered for another fantastic meeting where they hashed out policy, recognized award winners and set goals for 2017.

OCA president Joe Foster discussed the accomplishments of the organization in the last year and highlights from the meeting.

“One of the high points was a new dues structure for student members. We are going to try to engage some of the college level students and get them more involved in the organization,” Foster said. “We are coming off a record membership last year. We are down just a few from last year but are very comparable to last year and we’re confident we will have another record year in 2017.”

The group also heard from Kendal Frazier, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on the national outlook for 2017.

“We’re going to be focused on the new Trump Administration and the new Congress. We will be working on regulations like Waters of the United States that the EPA put out.… Continue reading

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No-Till Conference highlights

There was plenty to discuss at yesterday’s Ohio No-Till Conference. Slugs have been a long-time problem in no-till and Kelley Timon discussed strategies for controlling them, including some initial research on the role of cover crops. Bill Haddad talked about the importance of managing weeds to prevent resistance problems from developing and a panel featuring Dave Brandt, Neil Badenhop and others addressed these and other issues. Jim Hoorman covered a broad swath of reasons for cover crop use and discussed how encouraging hawks and owls on the farm can be one of the best ways to control moles and voles. Les and Jerry Siler also talked about how they are tackling problems with cyst nematodes.

Here is more from some of the presenters:

Dale Minyo speaks with Dave Brandt on No Till, cover crops, and their combined value.

Dave Brandt Covers And No Till

Dale Minyo hears from Les and Jerry Siler on their operation history and their honor as No Till Farmers of the Year

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Evans Powhaton Century Farm history laced with triumph and tragedy

The year was 1950 and there was excitement in the air on Powhaton Farm in Champaign County. The farm was one of the host farms for the National Plowing Match, sponsored by the National and Ohio Plowing Matches and the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts. It was the first “National” held outside of Iowa.

Nearly 75,000 people visited the farms for the three-day, standing-room-only event that garnered headlines in newspapers around the state and nation for weeks prior to and after the event was held. The show even featured a test plot with the astounding goal of 300-bushel corn in 1950. The National Plowing Match was so noteworthy for the farm and community in Champaign County just south of Urbana that a historic marker stands to commemorate the event.

That was a big day for Richard Evans in the same year he took over the family farm founded by his great-great-grandfather, Isaac Evans Jr., who had come from Virginia in 1812.… Continue reading

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Becknology Days brings products, research to farmers

The annual Becknology Field Days ran through Saturday, August 27th at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta, Indiana. Thousands of farmers and members of the agricultural industry turn out to the event each year to learn about the latest innovations, hear from company leadership, and enjoy fellowship among fellow producers.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visited with many involved in the leadership of Beck’s Hybrids.

Listen to Beck’s President Scott Beck comment on Becknology and the state of the seed industry.


Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s


Agronomist Brent Minett on the Ohio crop vs that of the surrounding region.

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2016 Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitors

Photos by Meghan Bruns.


The winners by age in the Beef Outstanding Market Exhibitor competition were: (9) Carly Sanders, Fayette Co. and Garret Agle, Clark Co.; (10) Sydney Sanders, Fayette Co. and Drew Waymouth, Clark Co.; (11) Brice Phelps, Union Co.; (12) Paige Pence, Clark Co.; (13) Alex Linder, Huron Co.; (14) Allison Davis, Carroll Co.; (15) Elizabeth Heintz, Auglaize Co.; (16) Adam Kinsman, Fulton Co.; (17) Carter Roy Smith, Holmes Co.; and (18) Curtis Harsh, Delaware Co. The overall winner was Carter Roy Smith.


The winners by age in the Swine Outstanding Market Exhibitor competition were: (9) Seth Fearon, Darke Co.; (10) Jesse Stewart, Clinton Co.; (11) Luke Spracklen, Clark Co; (12) Madelyn Fearon, Darke Co.; (13) Lindsey Dore, Knox Co.; (14) Madelyn Harrison, Butler Co.; (15) Jenna Siegel, Marion Co.; (16) Micah Smock, Shelby Co.; (17) Kaci Way, Wayne Co.; and (18) Katie Siegel, Marion Co. The overall winner was Katie Siegel.… Continue reading

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