Blanchard Demonstration Farms Advisory Committee

Protecting Ohio’s water resources through innovative agricultural practices is the goal of the partnership between the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The two organizations have created and are managing demonstration farms in the Blanchard River Watershed.

Through 2020, three demonstration farms will serve as models for new innovations that reduce and prevent agricultural nutrient runoff. Those discoveries will be shared with local farmers, land management agencies and the public. The demonstration farms are a key component of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Action Plan, a comprehensive initiative to help farmers proactively improve and protect water quality.

The Blanchard Demonstration Farms Advisory Committee provides guidance to the project using their expertise is their given fields. The committee meets twice a year, with one meeting on the farms, to see what is taking place.


Barbara Baker, Assistant State Conservationist for Natural Resources, NRCS
Bryan Humphreys, Executive Vice President, Ohio Pork
Carrie Huitger, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Chris Coulon, Ohio NRCS
Chris Henney, President and CEO, Ohio Ag. Business Association
Craig Houin, Data Management Lead, Sunrise Cooperative
David White, Account Manager, Financial Services and Government Relations, Ag Credit
Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management Systems, OSU Extension
Greg Labarge, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, OSU Extension
Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director for Water Resources, Ohio EPA
Kevin King, Research Leader USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Kirk Hines, Chief-Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Lauren Lindemann, Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
Logan Haake, Precision Technology Manager, Legacy Farmers Cooperative
Mark E Smith, State Resource Conservationist, Ohio NRCS
Megan Burgess, District Conservationist, NRCS
Mindy Bankey, CEO, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Phil Martin, Watershed Coordinator, Blanchard River Watershed Partnership
Scott Higgins, CEO, Ohio Dairy Producers
Scott Parker, Regional Vice President, Farm Credit Mid America
Tom Fontana, Director of Research and Education, Ohio Soybean Council
Tra Trecia Davis, Ohio NRCS