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Greenwich's Emily Krikke one of 7 Ohioans named to Young Ag Professionals state committee

• Sep 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Luke and Cassandra Dull of Englewood, Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia, Emily Krikke of Greenwich and Bennett and Liza Musselman of Orient.

The seven new committee members will serve two-year terms and help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.

The Dulls are the fifth generation on the family’s Montgomery County farm where they raise hogs, cattle and grow seed corn and row crops. Both are Montgomery County Farm Bureau members. Luke is manager of Harvest Land Co-op in Verona. He has been involved in several local and state Farm Bureau activities and has participated in Land O’Lakes’ leadership and advocacy training sessions. Cassandra works at Christian Life Center where she is event/marketing, hospitality, curriculum and nursery coordinator. Previously she was a fourth grade teacher in West Carrollton.

The Daileys received Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The Brown County Farm Bureau members farm 3,400 acres of grain crops in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties. They also own a small trucking company. Both are Sunday School teachers at Hillsboro Bible Baptist Church. Nick is a member of the Ohio Corn Growers Association and serves as a Franklin Township Trustee. The couple has three children.

Krikke is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and farms with her parents, raising corn, soybeans and hogs. Their farm was honored in 2012 with the Ohio Livestock Coalition Environmental Stewardship Award and the Pork Checkoff’s national Environmental Stewardship Award in 2013. She is a volunteer for the local Farm Bureau, Young Agricultural Professionals, Ohio Pork Council and Akron Children’s Hospital and is a 2010 recipient of the American FFA degree. She is a pediatric registered nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The Musselmans are members of Pickaway County Farm Bureau. Bennett is the county president, a graduate of AgriPOWER Class VIII, chairs the Muhlenberg Township Board of Zoning Appeals, is on the ag committee of the Pickaway Competitiveness Network and is a Pickaway County Farmers club member. He is assistant vice president, agribusiness banker at Heartland Bank in Grove City. Liza is accounting manager at WillowWood and owns a photography business. She is active in Ohio Agri-Women and is a school volunteer. They farm with Bennett’s father and grandfather, raising corn and soybeans. They have two sons.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

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Hartschuhs named Ohio Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture winners

Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.

The Hartschuhs will receive an expense-paid trip to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in January. They also receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Rose is a seed adviser, contributes to the family farm and manages their additional family businesses. Greg farms full time, raising corn, soybeans and operating a dairy. The Hartschuhs partnered with two other farm families to revitalize a neglected farm property in Bucyrus, which now offers a farm market in one barn and an event venue in another. They also offer agricultural education activities on their farm.

They have been active in Farm Bureau: Rose has held many offices in the Crawford County Farm Bureau, including president. Greg has been active in the county organization, and together they served on the Ohio Young Agricultural Professionals state committee. They support FFA, 4-H and the Soil and Water Conservation District are are involved in various farm organizations as well as Crossroads Community Church.

Other finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture contest were Jennifer Osterholt of Alexandria and Terry Specht of Johnstown.

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Hoffman named 2017 Ohio Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer

Christian Hoffman of Stoutsville has been named winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The contest is designed to help young farmers strengthen their business skills, develop marketing opportunities and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Contestants are judged on the growth of their farm businesses and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.

Hoffman won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. in January where he will participate in the national competition.

Hoffman farms with his parents, raising beef cattle, grains and hogs. He serves on the Fairfield County Farm Bureau board of trustees, has been active in the local Young Agricultural Professionals program and has participated in numerous county and state Farm Bureau events. He also has been active in local and state Cattlemen’s Association activities. He is a member of the Amanda Clearcreek Alumni Association, served on the David Lutheran Church Council and supports the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Other finalists in the contest were Nicholas and Brandi Anderson of Mechanicsburg and Matthew Vodraska of Doylestown.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

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