Four Ohioans have been named winners of $500 each in the “My Ohio Agriculture” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.
The Stearns Homestead Farm in Parma earned the “People’s Choice Award,” given to the contestant whose video earned the most views on YouTube during the contest period. Submitted by Dana Valensky, the “Stearns Homestead Agriculture Clip” showed the diversity of this community farm in the city and its benefits to the local youth programs and residents. The video was viewed 1,447 times on YouTube throughout the contest.
Lisa Gress of Shreve earned the “Most Creative” Judges’ Choice Award for her video “My Ohio Agriculture – What’s Our Connection?” which featured time lapsed hand drawn farm and agriculture scenes, and described the wide variety and diversity of agriculture in the state.
Matt and Kristin Reese of Baltimore earned the “Best Farm Family Story” Judges’ Choice Award for their video “The Reese Family: Our Farm Story” which showcased their small family farm, their two young children, a dedication to local foods and a well-rounded view of world food production.
Wayne County’s Smithville FFA earned the “Best Youth Video” Judges’ Choice Award for its video “Smithville High School Ohio FFA Dairy” which took viewers on a journey from a local dairy farm to a retail dairy processor and also to a local dairy which processes and sells its own products.
“We commend all our contestants for the fun, creative and tech-savvy ways they are reaching out to share their farm stories,” said David White, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of issues management. “We encourage all Ohioans to continue to find new ways to discover, show and share all our connections to agriculture.”