For Immediate Release
November 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Three outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards presented by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). The honorees are conservation activist Dave Brandt, youth leader Bill Diley and public servant Steve Maurer.
The awards recognize lifetime contributions to Ohio’s agricultural community and to Ohio Farm Bureau. The awards were presented during the 94th annual meeting of Ohio Farm Bureau Nov. 28 – 30 in Columbus.
Candidates for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Awards are nominated by Farm Bureau volunteers, county organizations and state leaders.
Brandt grew up on a family farm and was active in 4-H and FFA. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. Upon his return he began farming, raising dairy cattle, hogs and crops. He became active in the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District and later was employed to help farmers develop conservation plans and learn no-till techniques. He takes his message about the value of reduced tillage, cover crops and development of healthy soils to farms throughout the United States and welcomes visitors to his farm to see the latest research in conservation measures. Among his many awards are Ohio Agriculture Man of the Year, Ohio Conservation Farmer of the Year and the Friend of Public Education.
Diley is best known for his more than 36 years as vocational agriculture instructor in the Miami Trace school system. His FFA chapters regularly attained top 10 status in Ohio and received the National Gold Emblem Award on numerous occasions. He has helped guide the success of the Fayette County Fair for 46 years, providing leadership to the Junior Fair livestock shows and sales. He was the Ohio State Fair’s junior fair dairy superintendent for 22 years and assistant superintendent for its senior fair for 24 years. He also is involved with the family dairy farm, which has been an influential part of state and national American Jersey Cattle Association activities. Diley also has been active with Farm Bureau, FFA Alumni and the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association.
Maurer is a longtime public servant associated with Ohio’s agricultural community. He grew up in rural Shelby County and is a graduate of Ohio State University. He served in the Ohio Senate, including as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Economic Development. One of his legislative accomplishments created the state’s Agricultural Linked Deposits program. He is a past director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and also served as the agency’s assistant director. He twice served as executive director of the Ohio Farm Service Agency, first under Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, and now under Secretary Tom Vilsack. He also was chief of the division of natural areas at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Farm Bureau members who would like to nominate candidates for the Distinguished Service Award should contact their county Farm Bureau office.
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