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Inside Ohio ag: ASA appointments made; grape meeting set

January 5, 2017

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FAIR FUN: Visitors find an easy way to get around the Ohio State Fair last year. The Ohio Department of Agriculture released the official dates for the 2017 fair season.

2017 Ohio fairs schedule now available
Ohioans can start planning visits to all of their favorite fairs across the state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has released the official dates for the 2017 fair season, which includes Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair. The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2017 fair season on June 12, and the season will wrap up on Oct. 14 with the Fairfield County Fair. For a complete schedule, visit the department’s website. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of fair amusement rides, monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition and coordinating animal health efforts with local veterinarians.

Davis elected for leadership in ASA
Ohio Soybean Association board member Bret Davis of Delaware County was recently elected to serve on the Governing Committee of the American Soybean Association. Davis joins farmers from around the country who will work to represent the legislative and policy interests of U.S. soybean farmers. “We congratulate Bret on being elected to the Governing Committee,” says Adam Graham, OSA president and Logan County farmer. “He has been a great leader here in Ohio, and I know he will work hard to represent U.S. soybean farmers well.”  Davis operates Davis Farms near Delaware, where he grows over 3,000 acres of soybeans and corn. He serves on both the OSA and Ohio Soybean Council board of trustees and is in his second term with ASA. He has served as OSA president, chairman, vice president and treasurer. He also is a certified crop adviser. Other changes to the Governing Committee are:
• Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill., will be ASA president. Moore served as ASA's vice president throughout 2016, and per the structure of the organization, the vice president moves into the president's role for the following year.
• Richard Wilkins, who farms in Greenwood, Del., and served in 2016 as ASA's president, now moves to the role of chairman, and outgoing Chairman Wade Cowan of Brownfield, Texas, rotates off the Governing Committee.
• John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, will be ASA vice president, placing him in line to become ASA's president in 2018. Heisdorffer previously served as ASA secretary.
• Davie Stephens, of Wingo, Ky., will serve a third consecutive term as ASA's secretary, and Bill Gordon, of Worthington, Minn., was elected to the position of ASA treasurer. Also serving with Davis on the ASA’s Governing Committee are Kevin Scott, of Valley Springs, S.D.; Sam Butler, of New Hope, Ala.; and Eric Maupin, of Dyersburg, Tenn. 

Meeting set for grape marketing plan
The Ohio Grape Industries’ Public Relations Subcommittee will meet on March 8 at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, Room 207, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg. The purpose of the meeting is to review the strategic marketing plan for fiscal year 2018.

Lyons to lead OFB’s membership department
Paul Lyons of South Solon has been named to the new position of senior director of membership for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Lyons, a 22-year veteran with Farm Bureau, is responsible for a team that will develop and implement a comprehensive membership recruiting and retention program. He also will lead county engagement, as the organization updates its business relationship with Nationwide, Farm Bureau’s oldest and closest partner. Lyons first joined Ohio Farm Bureau in 1994 as an organization director serving four counties in northwest Ohio. Since 1999, he has been a regional supervisor responsible for organization directors in multiple counties.

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