Blanchard Demonstration Farms Network 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. 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 in their given fields. The committee meets twice a year, with one meeting on the farms, to see what is taking place.


Adam Kirian, President, Hancock County Farm Bureau

Barbara Baker, Assistant State Conservationist for Natural Resources, Ohio NRCS

Bryan Humphreys, Executive Vice President, Ohio Pork Council

Carrie Huitger, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Chris Coulon, Public Affairs Specialist, 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

Jessica Dambrosio, Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy

Logan Haake, Precision Technology Manager, Legacy Farmers Cooperative

Mark Smith, State Resource Conservationist, Ohio NRCS

Megan Burgess, District Conservationist, Ohio 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

Shelby Brammell, President, Hardin County Farm Bureau

Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association

Tom Fontana, Director of Research and Education, Ohio Soybean Council

Tra Trecia Davis, EQIP Program Manager, Ohio NRCS