Trish Levering

Growing our Generation: Knox County #plant16

It certainly has been a whirlwind the last 10 days around our house, but it is slowing down a little as #plant16 is wrapping up! My name is Trish Levering. I farm near Fredericktown with my husband, JB and our 2-year- old daughter, Blair. We raise corn, soybeans and hay and we also have a herd of Angus and Simmental cattle. Spring planting is always hectic, but at our house it is extra crazy, as I am also an associate Pioneer sales rep for Shipley Seed Service, so JB and I each put in long hours during planting.

I got involved in Farm Bureau soon after I returned home after graduating from Oklahoma State. Go Pokes! I have been fortunate to be involved in many aspects of Farm Bureau at the county and state level, but AgriPOWER was one that had the most impact on me. Soon after graduating from Class 2, I became active with the Knox County Farm Bureau and am today serving my 4th year as president. When we are not busy with Farm Bureau activities, JB and I are 4-H advisers and serve on the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show Committee.

My favorite social media platform is Twitter. Follow me @tcunningham10

Plenish high oleic soybeans
I have been an associate Pioneer sales rep for eight years. It is always exciting to see what new products we will have to sell each year. 2015 was the first year we could sell Plenish high oleic soybeans in our area. In 2016, our Plenish high oleic sales have increased as more markets have opened up. As the high oleic oil is used more widely in the food industry to meet the 0 trans-fat requirement, the need for farmers to plant Plenish high oleic soybeans will continue to grow.

The soybean industry has a goal of growing 18 million acres of Plenish high oleic soybeans by 2023. With its strong agronomics and excellent yields, it will be easy to reach that many acres. Plenish high oleic soybeans give farmers another marketing opportunity and the increased income per acre with the additional premium for the soybeans.

Public Policy and TPP
One of my favorite things about Farm Bureau is public policy. Politics has always interested me, but my involvement in OFBF has allowed me to dig deeper and be more involved in that process, whether it is visiting with township trustees locally, working with our state representative, or meeting with senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C. Without Farm Bureau, I would not have had these opportunities.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is something that I have been following for a while now. The 12 partner countries signing TPP represent more than a third of the world’s gross domestic product. TPP is a great opportunity for Ohio’s farmers to benefit from increased exports of soybeans, pork, beef and processed foods. TPP is expected to increase Ohio agriculture exports by $96.7 million dollars. Even though it is an election year we need Congress to move on TPP in 2016.

Prairie Californian
Today, it seems like everyone has a blog. People blog about everything under the sun, but I tend to read blogs about agriculture and cooking. For the last few years I have been reading the Prairie Californian blog from North Dakota-based farm wife, Jenny Dewey Rohrich. Jenny blogs about life on the prairie, food, farming, photography, faith and anything else she can think of! Her recipes are amazing and the information she shares about her life on the farm have been published by national media.

Jenny is a current member of American Soybean Association’s Advocacy & Training Team, where she strives to bridge the gap between those far removed from the farm by giving people insight into daily life on their farm.
Now, I haven’t met Jenny, but I think we would hit it off over an amazing meal and good drink! I encourage you to check out her blog.

Young Farmer event
Knox County Farm Bureau is hosting the 4th annual Young Farm Family Connections at the Columbus Crew game June 25. Join us for dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the game at 7:30. There will be a fireworks display after the game! Cost is $15 per person for members and $25 for nonmembers. Children under 2 are free. Reservations are due June 11. For more information, call 800-964-8184 or [email protected].

This blog is an excerpt from Levering’s turn as featured editor of the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter. Read the full e-newsletter or browse the archive of past issues.

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