Eastern Ohio hay farmers, Eric and Shelly Prysi

Eric and Shelly Prysi of Tuscarawas County took a turn as featured editor of the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter where twice a month young Ohio farmers and agricultural professionals in Ohio share their stories, insight and tips.

We are Eric and Shelly Prysi from New Philadelphia. Our farming operation is nestled in the hills of Tuscarawas County where we make approximately 100 acres of grass hay and alfalfa currently and are going to be adding soybeans to the mix this year. We started our farming operation from scratch back in 2012 and continue to add to it every year. The majority of the ground we rent has been in Shelly’s family for five generations now. We also rent some additional ground just a few miles down the valley. Farming is not new to either of us, as I grew up on a small beef farm showing steers and hogs in 4-H, and Shelly raised market lambs for 4-H as well as helping her grandpa on the farm that we currently are renting and where our operation is housed.

We both work full-time jobs off of the farm. Shelly works as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Park Village Health Care Center, and I work for the Tuscarawas County Road and Bridge Department. Away from work and the farm we are both very involved with Farm Bureau and our community. I serve on the county Farm Bureau board of trustees and as this year’s membership chair. We are new to the YAP state committee and are looking forward to the next two years working with a great group of people. I volunteer with our Market Livestock Committee that helps run the shows and sale at our county fair. Shelly is the Vacation Bible School coordinator at our church where we are also the youth group leaders.


This blog is part of the Prysi’s turn as featured editor of the Growing Our Generation eletter. Read the full e-newsletter or browse the archive of past issues.

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Callie Wells 

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