Clinton County Farm Bureau is hosting a Farmer’s Share Breakfast Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Clinton County Expo Center. Meet the event featured speakers below
Bethany Cantwell grew up on a small farm in Blanchester. She was involved FFA, and an active 4-H member. She received her bachelor’s degree at Wilmington College, master’s degree from Xavier University and Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. She resides with her family in Oxford. She currently owns and manages Aurora Blue Farm, where she raises chickens, and over 100 katahdin, Jacob, and Icelandic sheep. She is a vendor at the Oxford Farmers Market and is a board member for the Oxford Farmers Market Council.
Neil Rhonemus is a modern Bacon Farmer, part of a niche. Neil has raised pigs and farmed most of my life, in addition to working off the farm at times. Neil has raised pigs in outdoor pens with straw, show pigs, breeding stock, and now commercial pigs. For the last 18 years Neil has raised pigs for another family on a contract. He owns the modern buildings and is paid to provide daily care for the animals. He is passionate about using his time and energy to engage our public in conversations about food & farming. Neil believes it’s important to listen to those who have questions before responding: conversations and personal engagement is the best way for farmers to connect and let others know that we are people just like them working to make a living. Being real is the best way to build trust. Neil is known online as Uncle Squeal by many. He uses Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well as hosting Virtual Field Trips, via live video stream, in conjunction with the Ohio Pork Council. Neil is honored to be invited.
Sue Reynolds is the manager of social media and web design at R+L Carriers, where she works with multiple businesses and nonprofits to build their web presence and nurture brand loyalty. She is also the founder and owner of Carmine Media, a web and social media consultancy, where she serves multiple clients to support their social media and web content.
Dr. Corey Cockerill is an associate professor of communication arts and agricultural communications at Wilmington College, and is the director of the Wilmington Institute for Stewardship and Engagement leadership initiative. Corey is an environmental sociologist who specializes in the role of information on the adoption of sustainable technologies. Her most recent book publications include, Factors Affecting Adoption of Soil and Water Conservation Production Systems in Lesser-Scale Societies (2015, Taylor and Francis) and Ensuring Food Security in Introducing Global Issues 6th Ed. (2016, Lynne Rienner Publishers). Corey’s recent service to the college has focused on the development of curricular and co-curricular programs in leadership and political engagement, organizing lobby/advocacy trips for students to Washington, D.C. each fall. Corey was highlighted in the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer and Dayton Daily News in 2011 for her research on media exclusion as a method to enhance student focus and engagement. She received the Wilmington College Student Government Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and was recognized as an Outstanding Professor in the 2013 Excellence in Education program. Corey, her husband, and their two children own and operate a farm and coffee roastery in southwest Ohio.