Ohio Farm Bureau staff recognized with awards

Two OFBF leaders recently received awards for their work on behalf of Farm Bureau and the community as a whole.

Dale Arnold, (pictured left) OFBF’s director of energy, utility and local government policy, was recently honored with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Green Leader Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges in central Ohio.

Last year Arnold played an instrumental role in MORPC’s process to take a position on the Ohio standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Through his leadership role at Ohio Farm Bureau, Arnold helped central Ohio leaders understand how advanced and renewable energy can benefit their communities as well as provided advice on complex legislation on the subject. He also provided input on MORPC’s study of the region’s water quality and ways to sustain needs for future growth.

The nonprofit MORPC provides expertise on land use, the environment, transportation and more in the 15 central Ohio counties it represents.

Keith Stimpert, senior vice president of organization, was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Soybean Council. Stimpert, OSC’s first executive director, helped guide the organization through its inception.
Early OSC projects included work with bio-based fuels and products, which evolved into private collaborations that encourage rapid commercialization of commercial and industrial soybean use.

“With the checkoff, who would have guessed that soybeans would be in the things they are in now? Biodiesel, foam in car seats and now the chemicals that line pop cans all come from soybeans that make these products more environmentally friendly and better for your health,” said Kirk Merritt, executive director of the Ohio Soybean Council.