Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Kim R. Davis of Carrollton and Timothy W. Ratliff of Winchester on Wednesday to a four-year term serving on the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Both Davis and Ratliff will serve until 2014. Davis replaces Gary Grant of Continental. Ratliff replaced the retiring Howard L. Calhoun of Akron.
Davis is currently a state trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, representing District 13, which includes Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties. She also serves on the American Farm Bureau Association’s Beef Commodity Advisory Committee. Davis and her husband, Todd, operate Cattlecreek Farm in Carroll County, raising feeder cattle and hay. The Davises have three children and the family enjoys being outdoors and showing livestock in local, state and national shows. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in animal science.
Ratliff is a Brown County farmer raising beef cattle, swine, grain crops, tobacco, sunflowers, hay and freshwater shrimp. He is a member of the Brown County Farm Bureau and has served on the boards of the Brown County Fair, Brown County Pork Producers and the National Wild Turkey Federations’ Ohio River Longbeards Chapter. He served on the Farm Services Agency State Committee for eight years. Ratliff and his wife Betty Jo have four children and one grandson. Ratliff and his family enjoy camping along with deer and turkey hunting.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Appointed by the Governor, no more than four members may be of the same political party, and two of the council members must represent agriculture. Each term of office is four years.