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Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductee William Hoewischer
The late William (Bill) Hoewischer is one of four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio's farm community. Hoewischer will be honored Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, by the Ohio Agricultural Council, when he is posthumously inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
OAC will induct Hoewischer, Bernard Heisner of Hilliard, Don Ralph of Morral, and John Watkins of Prospect into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The 49th annual event will attract approximately 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio's agriculture community.
"Our Board is pleased to be honoring such a diverse group of inductees into this year's class," said Jenny Hubble, OAC president. "Each inductee stands out individually for his exceptional contributions to Ohio's agriculture industry, but together they represent the passion, leadership and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience in farming and agriculture."The four inductees will join the more than 200 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program was incepted.
William (Bill) Hoewischer, now deceased, worked for more than 60 years as a farmer and livestock breeder in Ohio. He was nationally known as a breeder and exhibitor of registered livestock, specifically for Belgian horses, Yorkshire and Hampshire hogs, and Shorthorn beef cattle.
Through his career, Hoewischer tirelessly gave his time and resources to the livestock industry through serving on the Producers Livestock Association (now United Producers, Inc.) Board, National Livestock and Meat Board, Farm Credit District Bank Board, and as the superintendent of the beef cattle at the Ohio State Fair.
He was recognized nationally for his achievements and contributions. In 1993, Hoewischer received the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Distinguished Service Award, the organization's highest honor, for his outstanding contributions to his local community and the industry of agriculture at the state and national levels.
Hoewischer was well respected by individuals he worked with and served, and was looked to as a strong leader in the agriculture industry.