CINCINNATI, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio Farm Bureau Federation honored outstanding contributors to Ohio agriculture Thursday evening during the Harvest Banquet at its 91st Annual Meeting. Those receiving awards and recognition are as follows:
Membership There were 65 Ohio Farm Bureau members who signed at least 10 new members over the past year, earning them the Ambassador Club recognition.
Two members, Don Allen of Perry County and Don Ralph of Marion County signed at least 50 new OFBF members in the past year, earning them the distinction of the Murray Lincoln Award. Allen signed 50 new members, while Ralph signed 54.
Growing A Masterpiece Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual county art project, known as the “Growing A Masterpiece” project, featured large postcards that were painted and/or decorated by county Farm Bureaus to be a representation of agriculture in each county of the state. The postcards were on display at various events and locations throughout the year and published on the OurOhio.org Web site. Visitors in person and online could vote for their favorite.
Discussion Meet Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington was named the winner of the 2009 Young Ag Professional Discussion Meet.
Palsgrove and her husband Brent are members of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau and participate in a Farm Bureau advisory council. She teaches Agriculture Education at Bloom Carroll High School and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ohio State University.
Palsgrove receives an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. She also receives $1,000 courtesy of Nationwide Insurance, $500 courtesy of Dodge Trucks and a chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.
Excellence in Ag Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of De Graff were named this year’s Excellence in Agriculture Award Winners.
Vance and Hill own and operate ABN Radio. The couple shares on-air duties and serve as ambassadors for agriculture through various speaking engagements. Both Vance and Hill travel across Ohio and the nation covering agriculture related activities. Hill currently serves as Vice-President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
They receive an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national competition. They also receive a $1,000 technology package from OFBF, a John Deere Gator sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid America and $500 cash from Dodge Trucks. They also receive a commemorative chime clock from OFBF.
Outstanding Young Farmer Brandon and Julie Weber take home the 2009 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The Webers are eighth generation farmers who grow tomatoes in their self-built high tunnel greenhouses. They also raise pumpkins and decorative gourds for festival sales, host farm tours and provide a haunted corn maze and other agri-tourism events. Julie is a program technician for Farm Service Agency and has served as a Jackson/Vinton County Farm Bureau trustee and on numerous county committees. Brandon is a county Farm Bureau board trustee and serves on the local Soil and Water Conservation District board.
They receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. They also receive a $1,000 purchase certificate at Grainger Industrial Supply courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid America, a year’s free lease on a Kubota M-series tractor courtesy of Kubota and $500 from Dodge Trucks. They also receive a commemorative chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.
Distinguished Service to Agriculture Three individuals received the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.
Sarah James of Butler County served on the Butler County Farm Bureau Board for 45 years and dedicated 37 years to the Butler County 4-H program.
Jim Buchy – Served 18 years in the Ohio legislature and never once missed a vote. His family has been in the meat business for more than 200 years.
Esther Welch of Ashland County has been an Ag journalist for a number of publications, including OFBF’s Buckeye Farm News. She has served on numerous state and national agricultural organizations and is a past Ohio Ag Woman of the Year.
More on all winners will be posted on ofbf.org in the coming days and in the next issue of Buckeye Farm News.