Far left - Francis and Shirley Steffee; second from the right - Dr. Charles Parker

Ohio sheep farmers win national awards, elected to board

Two Ohioans received national awards and noe was elected to the board at the 2013 American Sheep Industry (ASI) Convention in San Antonio, Texas Jan. 24- 26.

ASI Camptender Award: Dr. Charles Parker, Columbus

Dr. Charles Parker has worked as an educator, scientist, industry leader, promoter and visionary in the sheep industry for the past 50 years. As a researcher at Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) he focused his research on intensive management systems and genetic selection for reproductive growth efficiencies. After his work at OARDC he moved on to become the director of research at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho. Parker also served as chair of the Ohio State Animal Sciences Department in the 1980s. He continues to live in the Columbus area and to be a resource for many sheep industry related groups across the United States.

ASI Environmental Stewardship Award: Steffee Farms, Muskingum County

Steffee Farms has been an innovator in the area of environmental stewardship. The farm has been awarded the Muskingum County Resource Conservation Award and has been recognized for its work by the Ohio Livestock Coalition and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. The Steffee family has been able to successfully integrate practices that protect the soil, water and air on the farm.

Shultz elected to ASI executive board

Susan Shultz of DeGraff was elected to represent Region III on ASI’s executive board at the 2013 convention. Region III represents Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to be our region’s representative to ASI,” said Shultz. “The sheep industry has a very bright future and I am happy to do my part to help provide leadership as we move the industry forward.”

Susan and her husband, Bill, operate Bunker Hill Farm, a third-generation diversified family farm and they are the 2004 award winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award. The Shultz family has been extremely involved with the various local and state sheep associations. Their son Joe, although no longer involved in the day-to-day operations, remains very engaged in the overall direction of the farm. Joe currently serves as the chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.


Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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