OFBF's Distinguished Service Award winners, from left, are Micki Zartman, Esther Welch, Sarah James and Jim Buchy.

Agricultural leaders honored

Buckeye Farm News

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from Ohio Farm Buereau Federation. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.

The awards recognize lifetime contributions to Ohio’s agricultural community and to OFBF.

Jim Buchy of Darke County served 18 years in the Ohio Legislature where he held several leadership roles. He also served as assistant director for the Department of Agriculture.

Sarah James of Butler County served 37 years as an active volunteer for the Butler County 4-H program. She also served as a committee member, president and secretary of the county Extension Advisory Committee. James has been an active member of Butler County Farm Bureau for more than 42 years.

Esther Welch of Ashland County is a long time communicator, farm wife and Farm Bureau volunteer. She served as a reporter for local newspapers and contributed agricultural news to many top farm newspapers.

Micki Zartman of Franklin County was presented with the Agricultural Educator Award.  She founded Scarlet and Gray Ag Day at Ohio State University in 1999, which is an outreach program designed to bring elementary students to campus to learn about the industry and opportunities within agriculture. In the past 10 years, more than 6,000 elementary students have been a part of this program.


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