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Karen Neer, Clark County
As a teacher, Karen Neer knows how important it is to start teaching kids at the earliest age possible. That’s why she spends so much time traveling around Clark County, talking to more than 1,500 third-graders about agriculture as part of her Ag in the Classroom presentation.
“Agriculture is becoming so far removed from some of these communities that many kids don’t live on a farm or even know somebody who lives on a farm,” she said. “We all know the story about the kids who think chocolate milk comes from a brown cow.”
Neer has been a Farm Bureau member since 1977. She and her husband Bart raise corn and soybeans. Neer has taught first and second grades and has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ohio State University.
She has been on numerous county Farm Bureau committees over the years, including safety and worked with Farm Bureau and the county sheriff’s office to get Safety Village for kindergarteners restarted in the early 1980s.
Josh Henderson, organization director for Champaign, Clark and Madison counties
Josh Henderson started at Ohio Farm Bureau last fall when he became organization director for Champaign, Clark and Madison counties. He grew up in the small town of Gibsonburg and worked for his ag teacher at Wagner Farms, which has 100 pairs of beef cattle, some row crops and hay.
He also has worked at numerous cow/calf operations including Chippewa Valley Angus Farms in Smithville, Circle L Limousin Land and Cattle Company in Burbank, Paintrock Canyon Enterprises in Hyattville, Wy. and the Ohio State University Meat Lab.
Henderson went to Gibsonville High School and has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Ohio State University as well as associate’s degrees in beef production and management and livestock science. He has been active with Habitat for Humanity.
“It is exciting to see the county volunteers having the passion in making a difference in agriculture,” he said.