Tuscarawas Co. Presidnet Jerry Lahmers (l) discusses the workings of the Animal Agriculture 101 program

Ohio sends its best to Texas


Buckeye Farm News 

OFBF programming receives acclaim year after year on American Farm Bureau’s national stage. It was no different at this year’s annual meeting in San Antonio. Here’s a look at the county programs and young professionals who were among the nation’s best.

Two county activities receive national recognition

Shelby and Tuscarawas counties were among 15 county Farm Bureaus nationwide to be recognized for innovative ideas in the County Activities of Excellence program.

Shelby County was recognized for its “Images from the Land, A Concert” event that featured photos of local farm families doing day-to-day activities. The photos were set to music with the audience able to follow the seasons of agriculture.

Joyce Peters, the county’s Promotion and Education chair, was quick to credit others on the team effort that reached more than 6,000 people and took two and a half years to plan. More than 225 DVDs of the event have been sold.

Tuscarawas County was recognized for its “Animal Agriculture 101: An Introduction to Livestock Production and Care” event. The two-day seminar provided instruction for county animal control officers on identification of livestock, basic body condition, feeding, shelter, animal behavior and handling, biosecurity, proper removal and disposal and other issues.

County Farm Bureau President Jerry Lahmers said participants were impressed as the program took them “right into the middle of what was happening in real operating farms.” A total of 30 attendees, including 14 animal care officers covering nine counties, participated in the two-day event.

Young Agricultural Professionals represent Ohio

The state’s representatives in AFBF’s Young Farmer and Rancher contests also highlighted the best of Ohio agriculture.

Harrison County’s Wendy Chrisman made it to the Sweet 16 round of the Discussion Meet, which tests participants ability to cooperatively discuss challenges facing agriculture.

Ohio FFA Association Program Manager Katy Endsley of Fairfield County represented Ohio in the Excellence in Agriculture competition. The award recognizes successful young people who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business.

Fourth-generation cattle farmers Robert and Autumn Morrison of Jefferson County represented Ohio in the Outstanding Young Farmer competition, which recognized individuals for accomplishments in their farming operations and their leadership in the farm community.


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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