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2022 Ohio Master Farmers to receive awards2022 Ohio Master Farmers to receive awards

Ohio Farmer will honor Jeff Duling and Bret Margraf at the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference.

Jennifer Kiel

March 7, 2022

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MASTER FARMERS: This year's Ohio Master Farmers are Bret Margraf of McCutchenville and Jeff Duling of Ottawa.

The Ohio Master Farmer award is reserved for an elite group of individuals who consistently demonstrate outstanding farm management, innovation, conservation and leadership.

Ohio Farmer has bestowed the prestigious Master Farmer award on individuals who have established how to farm more effectively, efficiently, environmentally and economically.

This year’s winners are Bret Margraf of McCutchenville and Jeff Duling of Ottawa.

Master Farmers are nominated by peers and acknowledged for a lifetime of achievement, rather than a single year. Margraf and Duling will be awarded March 8 at the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada.

Duling farms 1,300 acres in Putnam County. He raises no-till corn, soybeans, wheat and cereal rye for seed, as well as managing a 2,000-head, contract wean-to-finish hog enterprise and finishing feeder cattle. The farm has been no-tilled for more than 40 years, and cover crops were incorporated 20 years ago.

Margraf embraces regenerative agriculture and has reintroduced animals on his farm in Seneca County. He farms 1,250 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat with his father, Gene, while embracing no-till, cover crops and other conservation practices.

Videos were produced by Nicole Heslip and staff at Brownfield Ag News and will be shown during the awards ceremony. The videos have been posted on YouTube, and links with feature stories on the winners will appear online for the next two days.

The 2022 winners also were featured in the March issue of American Agriculturist.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Kiel

Editor, Michigan Farmer

While Jennifer is not a farmer and did not grow up on a farm, "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with more appreciation for the people who grow our food and fiber, live the lifestyles and practice the morals that bind many farm families," she says.

Before taking over as editor of Michigan Farmer in 2003, she served three years as the manager of communications and development for the American Farmland Trust Central Great Lakes Regional Office in Michigan and as director of communications with Michigan Agri-Business Association. Previously, she was the communications manager at Michigan Farm Bureau's state headquarters. She also lists 10 years of experience at six different daily and weekly Michigan newspapers on her impressive resume.

Jennifer lives in St. Johns with her two daughters, Elizabeth, 19, and Emily 16.

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