Buckeye Farm News
Dr. David Baker, professor emeritus in environmental studies at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, and Dr. Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in agricultural communications at Ohio State University in Columbus, were honored during the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s 2010 Golf Invitational.
Baker has been recognized as a national leader helping farmers, rural residents and public officials learn more about water quality and effective conservation management techniques. He worked closely with Ohio Farm Bureau when the organization spearheaded the first large-scale groundwater quality testing programs in the country during the 1980s and 1990s. His work through the Water Quality Lab at Heidelberg University earned national attention showing the relationship between effective conservation management practices on the farm, and groundwater quality.
Erven is well known for his work concerning family dialogue, employee communication and small business development. In the nearly 30 years that he has served on Ohio State’s faculty, he has been honored many times for his teaching, service and advising. Students note his tendency to self-evaluate and encourage student participation, even in large lecture classes. His work has helped agribusiness, government and community leaders use interpersonal communication skills to enhance business and community development programs at local, state and national levels.
This year’s golf outing raised more than $30,000 to support scholarship and community grantsmanship programs delivered through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.