Alumni Spotlight: Jane Schmucker, ’89

Jane Schmucker graduated with a degree in agricultural communication in 1989. She currently farms and had a 28-year career as an Ohio newspaper reporter and copy editor.

[ACEL]: Hi Jane!! Why did you select your major?
[Schmucker]: I remember my sixth-grade self sprawled crosswise in a living room armchair, working on my entry for the Young Authors’ Conference that was to be held at the College of Wooster. My grandpa walked by and asked if I wanted to be an author when I grew up. I replied no, that they don’t make any money.

Indeed, communications jobs in general tend to pay far less than many fields. However, they can be the most interesting work of all. I credit Ohio State with helping me get started in a nearly 28-year newspaper career that kept me in the black while allowing me to get so many views of daily life in Ohio that I never would have seen otherwise. And I got to write about those events for Ohio newspapers as one of the state’s many reporters and editors working daily to compile a first draft of our state’s history.

As a newspaper reporter, I have been to crime scenes and society parties, farms and factories, the smallest of village council meetings and presidential press conferences. At entertainment events where almost everyone in the hall had taken off work and bought an admission ticket, I was getting paid to not only be there but often to get some behind-the-scenes access that the rest of the crowd didn’t have.

As a copy editor, I often felt lucky to have a job that on a good day was essentially being paid to read the newspaper. And on the hottest July days when I was headed to an air-conditioned newsroom to read while the folks at home were throwing around small bales of straw in a hot mow, copy editing seemed like the cat’s meow.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
I transferred to Ohio State as a sophomore after a year and a half at Goshen College in northern Indiana. Goshen was a small, church-affiliated school that was a family tradition. Ohio State offered far more opportunities and was a much better fit for me – as well as being far less costly. It seemed almost like an extension of 4-H and FFA, both of which I loved.

How did your education at Ohio State influence your choice of career or your career path?

Ohio State encouraged internships and I had several public relations internships as a student there:

  • AGRICULTURAL RELATIONS COUNCIL, Washington, D.C., industry group intern, 1989.
  • WHITE CASTLE, Columbus, Ohio, public relations intern in corporate headquarters, 1988.
  • OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION, Columbus, Ohio, news service intern, 1988.

What were you involved in as an Ohio State student?

  • Reporter, copy editor, and a layout editor for the Lantern
  • Reporter for the Agri-Naturalist
  • Towers honorary
  • Secretary of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Council
  • Co-chair of the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources recognition banquet
  • Attended national conventions of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
  • Representative of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Council

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State? What was your favorite and why?
Journalism classes, especially the reporting classes and classes related to work on the Lantern.

What professor, faculty or staff member had an impact on your education/career? How?
In the summer of 1988, after only two quarters at Ohio State as an agricultural communication major, Ohio State University Extension allowed me to work as an unpaid writing intern. My experiences there were a huge help to me in deciding that this was what I wanted to do. Credit for helping a very young and totally inexperienced college student write news releases that actually got published in Ohio newspapers, goes to Stan Ernst, a longtime Ohio State extension worker who is to be inducted this fall into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame. He and the others in the extension communications department did so much to help teach me even though they were in the midst of one of their busiest summers ever – 1988 was the year of the drought, which led to many media calls and extra work for them.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
My first quarter at Ohio State was Winter 1988. I went to Ohio State with the idea that this would just be a trial quarter and I could return to Goshen College that spring and not be out of sequence in the nursing program that I was studying there. When I signed up for classes, I wanted to make sure that I’d get as complete a view as I could of both Ohio State and agricultural communication in that first quarter. The agricultural communication department allowed me to sign up for the Agri-Naturalist course, a 400-level course as I recall, even though I had not yet even had Journalism 101. The feature story that I wrote that winter – my first feature story ever – was chosen as the centerpiece of that quarter’s Agri-Naturalist. I was hooked!

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
Education and agriculture reporter at the Chillicothe Gazette, in Chillicothe, Ohio.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career?

  • THE BLADE, Toledo, Ohio, 1995-2017. Left in late July to work on my family’s farm after years as a copy editor on the universal desk. Over the years, a reporter covering at various times business, agriculture, regional news, breaking news.
  • THE VINDICATOR, Youngstown, Ohio, 1994-1995. Business reporter.
  • USA TODAY, Arlington, Va., 1994. Rewrite desk reporter through Gannett’s loaner program.
  • CHILLICOTHE GAZETTE, Chillicothe, Ohio. 1989-1994. Education, agriculture reporter.

During your career, have you received any awards or honors? If so, what are those?
Top writing awards from the North American Agricultural Journalists, Ohio Associated Press, Gannett, and Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association contests. Judge of NAAJ contests.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
I’ve always been thrilled to hear that someone learned about something that was useful to them from an article that I wrote.

I remember covering the Little International for the Lantern on and asking one of the horse showmanship contestants why he had entered the competition. He said he was not an agriculture major and had never done anything like that before but he had read about it in the Lantern and thought it sounded fun. I had written that preview story that he had read some weeks earlier when the Saddle and Sirloin Club had announced plans for that year’s Little I!

Many years later I wrote an article for The Blade about the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with vouchers for locally grown produce. The program was fairly new at the time and back then newspapers seldom printed phone numbers in articles of that type. When I arrived in the newsroom the next morning, my voice mail was completely full and every telephone on the regional desk was ringing – all with callers wanting the phone number for the office where they might sign up for this program. I probably answered 100 calls myself that day and my co-workers answered dozens and dozens more. The newspaper never printed another article about that program without prominently featuring phone numbers for the coordinating offices. On one hand, it was a complete failure of newspaper style to not have printed detailed signup information with that story. On the other hand, it was gratifying to see that so many people were reading what I wrote and learning about something that they had never heard of before that could make a difference in their lives.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Get as many professional internships as you can. Make use of every summer, Christmas break, and spring break by taking on internships in your chosen field – even if they are short or unpaid.

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
The College of Agriculture encouraged students to get paid internships and awarded college credit for them. If the final report was turned in during the fall quarter, professors counted it as a fall internship so the student didn’t need to pay for summer credit hours – even if most of the internship was during the summer. I really appreciated those accommodations and thought professors in the College of Agriculture had a very realistic view of the costs and time pressures that students were up against. Many of them had come from farms themselves. The School of Journalism was not nearly as accommodating – only wanting to award credit for internships that were unpaid as I recall. I was glad to be a College of Agriculture student.

 

At the Alpha Zeta Spring Formal in 1988 with date Tim Eppley.

 

Chillicothe Gazette, home of Jane’s first job after graduation from Ohio State.

 

Chillicothe Gazette staff in the early 1990’s.

 

Home of Jane’s current position, the Toledo Blade offices.

The Toledo Blade staff in 2016.

 

 

I covered the Farm Science Review some years for The Blade and for the Chillicothe Gazette. As a student at Ohio State, I worked in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Council trailer selling coffee and doughnuts and such. I attended the review with the Smithville FFA and before that with my parents.

Remember that Alpha Zeta spring formal picture from 1988? What happens at Ohio State doesn’t always stay at Ohio State. We both thought we escaped free and clear, but in 2013 — 25 years after that college date party — we got locked up for life, err married.

Alumni Spotlight: Gary Bauer, ’73

Gary W. Bauer graduate from Ohio State in 1973 with a master’s degree in agricultural education. He is a retired Ohio State extension educator, a position which he held for 23 years and also spent 15 years teaching agricultural education. He also served as a Huron County Commissioner for 12 years. Bauer now is currently engaged in his family’s Christmas tree farm in Norwalk, Ohio.

Why did you select your major?
An animal science major seemed a good fit having grown up in a rural area and having worked on my grandparent’s general livestock and crops farm. Agriculture education provided an opportunity to stay in touch with my rural roots without a production enterprise and allowed me to impact youth in a positive way.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University? 
A spring field trip as an eighth grader to the Ohio Historical Museum which was located at 15thand High left a lasting impression of the long walk to the library imbedded in my memory.  Hopalong Cassidy helped with the decision, too.

How did your education at Ohio State influence your choice of career or your career path? 
Once in the agriculture education curriculum, it determined my career in education and since I was not bound by paradigms that limited programs to male participants and production agriculture I could develop a broad teaching curriculum which could include female students and such revolutionary concepts as teaching horticulture.

What were you involved in as an Ohio State student?
I participated in University 4-H, intramural softball, and served as Smith Hall dormitory treasurer for two years.  I also attended a great variety of sporting events.

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State?
Some of my favorites included criminology with Dr. Dinitz; animal science with Dr. Tyznek; meat lab with Dr. Cahill; and swine production with Dr. Wilson. Criminology was one favorite because there was so much interesting material to learn.  Dr. Warmbrod taught me a lot about research methods.

What professor, faculty or staff member had an impact on your education? 
Dr. Bender pushed me hard to obtain my Master’s Degree; Dr. Wolfe helped me secure my first teaching job; and Dr. Boucher was very influential in providing ideas and thoughts to expand my teaching experience.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State? 
My favorite memory is being locked inside Ohio Stadium with the person who later became my wife.  This happened during May Day activities in 1964.  It is a story best told in person.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State? 
My first job was teaching agriculture science at Sunbury Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career? I have taught in the Big Walnut Local School System, Monroeville Local School System, Ohio State University Extension with associate professor status, and for Huron County as a county commissioner.

During your career, have you received any awards or honors?
Yes there have been awards and honors: NVATA Outstanding Young Teacher; Advisor to the Top FFA Chapter in Ohio 9 of 11 years (1967–77); Advisor to the National Winner BOAC Chapter Award; Honorary State FFA Degree; Honorary American FFA Degree; NACAA Achievement Award; Citizen of the Year presented by the Sandusky Register; 45 year 4-H Advisor; Regional Public Relations Chairman NACAA; State Public Relations Chairman OACAA. I have also had the opportunity to serve on the Bowling Green State University Firelands College Advisory Board, as a member and as president served ex officio status on the BGSU Board of Trustees. I have also served and am serving on numerous community oriented boards and committees.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?  
A favorite career highlight has been seeing students, 4-H members, and other young people with whom I have worked set goals, work diligently and achieve those goals. I have had numerous state and national FFA degree recipients plus state and national finalists and winners in a variety of areas.

What advice would you give to a current student? 
My advice would be to set your goals and get to work.

What did ACEL cultivate in you?  
The professors previously listed cultivated the ideas, methods, and information I needed to become an agriculture science teacher who stepped into the classroom with the confidence to not only  teach students but to help them become productive, successful citizens with leadership skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career paths.

Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Stalder, ’04

Sabrina Stalder graduated in 2004 with a degree in agricultural education. Following graduation, she returned to her hometown of Athens, Ohio and worked with the Athens City School District to create an agricultural education program, which she still leads today!

[ACEL]: Hi Sabrina!Why did you select your major?
[Stalder]: I selected agricultural education after a local high school agriculture teacher kept encouraging me to join the profession.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
When I applied to college I knew I wanted to go into agriculture and since there were only two schools in the state that offered it, my options were limited. Ultimately I chose The Ohio State University because it was a state school and it had a great reputation.

How did your education at Ohio State influence your choice of career or your career path?
My education at Ohio State gave me much of the knowledge and skills that I would need to go out and begin a career in agriculture education.

How were you involved as a student?
I was a member of Alpha Sigma Upsilon, Agricultural Education Society, where I was selected to co-chair Scarlet and Gray Ag Day, Collegiate 4-H and worked for Curriculum Materials Services.

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State?
My favorite classes included: rural sociology, one of which we studied Amish culture, the agricultural education “BLOCK”, and building structures and construction in agriculture. It’s hard to pick a favorite from that list because I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a vast amount in each of these classes.

Did you have a professor who was especially important to you as a student?
Dr. Jamie Cano had a huge impact on my education and my career because he was the first Ohio State professor I met, which was during our county fair a couple weeks before I began as freshman. When I arrived at Ohio State, I realized that Dr. Cano was also my academic advisor. When it came time to pick a location to do my student teaching, I was worried because I had never been in agriculture classes in high school because our school didn’t offer them. Dr. Cano helped me select a newer chapter that would help me gain knowledge about the agriculture and FFA programs, as well as give me background knowledge about how they started a new program.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
The friendships I made and continue to have because of my time at Ohio State. I also loved hearing the Orton Hall chimes as I walked across The Oval. Those chimes remind me of all the great memories I have at OSU!

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
After graduation I moved back to Athens County, where I worked with the principal, superintendent, school board and several community members in order to start an agriculture education program at Athens High School, my alma mater.

Tell us about any awards you’ve received during your career.
I was the 2009 Athens Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Educator of the Year.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
There are two! One was the very first box of FFA jackets we received and the look on my students’ faces when they first put them on. To be honest, I was a little envious. The second one was when we had our tenth annual FFA Banquet and seeing how far our chapter had come in ten years and how many student lives have been impacted by our program.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Enjoy every moment of being a student at The Ohio State University.

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
The ACEL faculty and staff helped me acquire not only the knowledge and skills that I needed to leave college and start a career, but also the confidence that I could do something I had never done before. I also knew those same faculty and staff would support me throughout my career.

Scarlet and Gray Ag Day

Alpha Sigma Upsilon Banquet

 

Collegiate 4-H Banquet

 

CFAES Outstanding Senior Recognition Event

 

2004 CFAES Recognition Banquet

Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Terrell Dickson, ’15

Katherine Terrell Dickson graduated from Ohio State in 2015 with a degree in agriscience education. She is employed as the agriscience educator for middle and high school students for Gallipolis City Schools.

[ACEL]: Hello Katherine! Why did you select to major in agriscience education?
[Dickson]: I knew in high school that I wanted to be an agriculture science teacher. My agriculture science teacher made learning fun! It just wasn’t a pen and pencil type class, and I wanted to provide those experiences to students to discover the world around them, by learning by doing.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
I chose Ohio State because of the attention to detail when I took my visit. The faculty made me feel welcome and already part of the Buckeye family.

How were you involved outside of the classroom?
During my time at Ohio State, I was a member of Agricultural Education Society and worked in the ACEL office.

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State?
The classes that I enjoyed most during my time at Ohio State were the ones where we were doing something with our hands! I took a greenhouse management class, and got to experience plants throughout different climate regions. I also enjoyed teaching methods with Dr. Susie Whittington. Dr. Whittington taught the class in a way where we didn’t even realize we were learning and implementing ways that we would soon be teaching to our future students.

Do you have a faculty member, or two, that were made an impact on your time at Ohio State?
There were many professors that had an impact on me during and post Ohio State. The two that stand out the most are Dr. Susie Whittington and Dr. Jamie Cano. They both made it possible to experience the real teaching career while still at Ohio State and took special interest in helping everyone succeed. From studying abroad with Dr. Cano and developing communities in Honduras, and connecting with local FFA members at the Farm Science Review with Dr. Whittington, no one else can parallel .

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
My favorite Ohio State memory would be the entire BLOCK experience. There is nothing more memorable than making memories of all kinds and having life long friends with the people you spend a whole semester with day in and day out. We still continue making memories through our personal and professional lives.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
I began working for Gallipolis City Schools as an agriscience educator in 2015.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
My favorite career highlight is the formation of our middle school agriculture program. Exposing youth to agriculture sooner is a win! The students get to experience the FFA side, as well as develop skilled provided in and out of the class that set them apart from the rest of their peers.

What advice would you give to a current student?
My best advice for all agriscience education majors: There is a method to the madness. Trust it, it works!

And finally, what did ACEL cultivate in you?
ACEL cultivated ambition in me! THE ambition to to try new things, and not be afraid of the outcome and the ambition to get out of the comfort zone.

Ms. Terrell with two of her Gallipolis FFA members.

 

Harvesting at the Ohio State Farm Science Review as part of her ASM course for agriscience education students.

 

With Mr. Birkhimer as first year teachers at National FFA Convention.

 

Working at the Gallia County Junior Fair.

With classmates and Honduran friends during the 2014 study abroad trip to Choluteca, Honduras, Central America.

Working a shift in the Agricultural Education Society food stand at Farm Science Review.

 

OHIO with classmates turned colleagues and friends.

Alumni Spotlight: Tom Archer, ’70

Tom Archer came to Ohio State to major in agricultural education and has spent his career educating others about agriculture and working with youth. Tom currently works for Ohio State University Extension as the assistant director for 4-H Youth Development.

 

[ACEL]: Hi Tom! As an Ohio State student, you majored in agricultural education. Why did you chose that major?
[Archer]: I selected agricultural education as a major because I was not sure what I wanted my career to be, and that major provided the opportunity for flexibility in selecting a wide variety courses.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
I selected The Ohio State University for two reasons: (1) I had much contact with Extension and 4-H in my formative years, which were closely aligned with OSU, e.g. I was delegate to the Ohio 4-H Congress on campus in the Fall of 1965; and (2) My high school basketball coach was a native of my home county and a recent graduate and enthusiastic supporter of Ohio State.

Where you involved in any student organizations while a student?
I am a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.  Also, I was a member of the Agricultural Education Society (vice-president my senior year) and a member of Towers Agricultural Honorary (president my senior year).

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State? What was your favorite and why?
I enjoyed math and the classes that related to educational research. However, probably the most memorable class that I took when I was a senior was a graduate level ruminant nutrition class taught by Dr. Bill Tyznik. The final in Dr. Tyznik’s class was a three hour, group, oral exam in the basement of his house!  Another memorable class was Classics 222 – Greek Mythology. I cannot remember the name of the professor, but he made each class a “story time”, with engaging and entertaining lectures.

Did you have a faculty member or professor who was influential to your time at Ohio State and beyond?
Two professor had an influence on my education. Dr. Leon Boucher was always interested in students and he shared so many practical approaches to teaching.  Also, I greatly admire Dr. Robert Warmbrod. I was in the Honors Program Research/ Evaluation class that Dr. Warmbrod and Dr. Boucher taught, plus at least three other related classes taught by Dr. Warmbrod (one at Iowa State when Dr. Warmbrod was a visiting professor). Dr. Warmbrod was a very effective teacher who explained concepts very well in a quiet and purposeful manner. Other professors that were memorable were Gilbert Guiler, Carlton Johnson and David Jenkins.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
Meeting and becoming friends and colleagues with many outstanding people are the best general memories of my time as an undergraduate at Ohio State.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
My first employment was as a vocational agriculture high school teacher at Olentangy High School in Delaware County.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career?

  • Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development (State 4-H Leader), Ohio State University Extension, September 2008 to present
  • Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Leader, Program Development & Evaluation, Ohio State University Extension, October 2000 to September 2008
  • Associate Professor and Analyst, Long Range Planning, Ohio Cooperative Extension Service, Interim Appointment March through September, 1987
  • Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, County Extension Agent, Chairman and 4-H, Shelby County, Ohio, July 1985 through September 2000
  • Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, County Extension Agent, Chairman and 4-H, Shelby County, Ohio,  December 1976 through June 1985
  • Organizational Director – Auglaize-Mercer-Shelby Counties, Ohio, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, July through November 1976
  • Graduate Research Associate, Iowa State University, July 1974 through May 1976
  • Vocational Agriculture Instructor, Olentangy and Delaware Hayes High Schools, July 1970 through June 1974

What awards and honors have you received during your career?

  • 1990, Excellence in 4-H, Ohio State University Extension
  • 1992, Diamond Anniversary Award, Department of Agricultural Education, The Ohio State University
  • 1999, Past President Award, Board of Directors, Journal of Extension
  • 2001, Ohio County Extension Agents’’ Association, 25 Year Service Award
  • 2004, Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Team Teaching Award: “Focus Group Interviews”
  • 2006, Roberta O’Keefe Award for outstanding service to the organization, Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG)
  • 2007, Team Teaching Award – First Place, Multi-Disciplinary Team – 5 or More Members, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Extension Service Honorary
  • 2007, State Extension Achievement Award – Faculty & Staff, Over Ten Years of Service, Ohio Association of Extension Professionals
  • 2016 Fairlawn High School Hall of Honor Inductee
  • 2016 Shelby County 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
The best thing that happens as a result of my career is when a former student who was in my classes or youth who was in one of the 4-H teen leadership groups that I advised contacts me and tells me that I provided them a skill that has helped them succeed in their life endeavors.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Advice that I would give to current college students has five dimensions:

  1. Follow through on commitments – if you say you are going to do something, follow-through and do it
  2. Take advantage of every opportunity afforded to you; do as much as you can when you have the opportunities, in school, in work, and in the community – do not waste time and potential
  3. Positively contribute to improvement where every you can – do not criticize without providing a viable alternative to improve
  4. Give credit where credit is due – do not take credit for someone else’s work
  5. Do not forget to recognize those who help make your life better; you cannot say “thank you” too much

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
Probably the best thing that the Department instilled in me was the basics of the teaching-learning process. My career has been education, and that foundation was necessary.

Alumni Spotlight: Laura Stacklin Ringler, ’07

 

Laura Stacklin Ringler majored in agricultural education at Ohio State. After graduating in 2007, Ringler attended graduate school at the Virginia Tech University and now serves as the agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools. Read more about her time at Ohio State and her future was cultivated in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.

[ACEL]: Hey Laura! You’re now an agricultural educator, but what initially made you interested in that career and the agricultural education major?
[Ringler]: My passion for agriculture started a long time ago as a youth raising animals in 4-H followed by a wonderful agricultural education and FFA experience at Seneca East High School with Mr. Bryan Crapo. I was honored to serve as our chapter’s FFA President for two years and was a member of several successful and state placing CDE teams. Without my FFA program I would not have obtained valuable life lessons, along with the many leadership roles that I have had the opportunity to hold. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and my FFA experiences affirmed that agricultural education was the right path for my future. My love for agriculture has continued to grow and my life continues to be enriched with the science behind it and also the great people working within the industry. At Ohio State I was warmly welcomed into the ag world and the rest is history.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
I was the ninth child in my family to attend The Ohio State University. I grew up attending graduations on OSU’s campus and visiting siblings and attending the occasional football game. For me, there was no other choice but Ohio State, but instead a back-up acceptance to another Ohio college just in case I didn’t meet Ohio State’s requirements which were becoming more rigorous by the year.

How did your education at Ohio State influence your choice of career or your career path?
I was blessed to have Dr. Susie Whittington as a caring professor and Agricultural Education Society professor. Dr. Whittington’s genuine care and concern and passion for teaching are still with me today. She had confidence in me that I did not have in myself. She pushed me to “think outside of the box” and challenged me to continue my education in graduate school introducing me to colleagues who made an assistantship possible. The training I received at both Ohio State and Virginia tech (with Dr. Whittington sitting on my Masters Committee) prepared me to organize, plan and disseminate a quality agricultural education program.

How did you get involved in student life?
While at The Ohio State University I was active in the Agricultural Education Society, Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Alpha Zeta Partner Agricultural Honorary, Towers Agricultural Honorary, Sphinx Senior Honorary, Crops and Soils Club, the Ohio State Soil Judging Team, Poultry Science Club, CFAES Banquet Committee, Scarlet and Gray Ag Day, Intramural Athletics, and served as a statistician for the Ohio State Wrestling team.

What were some of your favorite classes?
I enrolled in 27 credit hours (only three required for graduation and three being graduate level hours) my last quarter at Ohio State. My favorite classes were taken during my last quarter because it was coursework that I was able to choose ranging from courses in agricultural law to agricultural economics, and a leadership course with Richard Hollingsworth, Vice President of Student Affairs. One of my favorite courses was teaching methods with Dr. Whittington as she demonstrated quality teaching methods, something that we didn’t always witness in every college level course.

What professors were influential to you?
There are too many to choose. Susie Whittington, Micki Zartman, Garee Earnest, Trina Beebe, Bob Birkenholz, Jamie Cano, Pat Whittington, David Latshaw, Paul Heimberger, Kelly Newlon, Neil Smeck, Pat Rigby and many more all had positive influences on myself and many other students. However it was Dr. Whittington and Mrs. Zartman that I spent the most time with planning activities and events. Both are positive, strong, loving, hardworking and compassionate women, women that I aspire to emulate in my own community.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
The PEOPLE! From meeting the love of my life and the time we spent together on the Ohio State soil judging team together to traveling to Washington D.C. and Brazil with AZP and making memories with friends through various student organizations while bowling, ice skating, attending football games and playing intramural softball.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
The summer after graduation I interned with Ohio Farm Bureau through the Jack Fisher internship working with Nationwide Insurance agents writing insurance curricula. For the next two years I worked as an assistant to the Virginia FFA Executive Secretary while attending graduate school at Virginia Tech. Upon graduation with my masters eegree, I taught agricultural education for one year at Carey High School and am currently in my eighth year of teaching at Plymouth High School.

You’ve been honored with a number of teaching awards. Can you share those?

  • Ohio Association for Career Technical Education Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher-2016
  • Richland County Extension County Key Leader Appreciation Recognition-2016
  • Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Young Member-2015
  • Franklin B. Walter Award Student Leader Recognition 2013-Levi Myers, 2014-Amy Grube
  • Honorary Chapter FFA Degree: Oak Harbor-2007, Carey-2011, Plymouth-2014
  • National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Turn the Key Ohio Recipient-December 2013
  • Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education Pacesetter Award-2012

As of today, what are some of your favorite career highlights?
Being recognized twice as a Franklin B. Walter teacher of leaders is one of my favorite career highlights. It’s not often that the top student in the school is in ag class and when they are with all of the outstanding staff in my school system it was a honor to be honored in front of my administration and schools from five surrounding counties. One former student, Levi Myers is taking his place in the agricultural education classroom this fall. The other former student, Amy Grube is currently applying to medical schools and just completed an internship at St. Jude’s. Keeping in touch with former students and seeing them achieve their goals, get married and start families of their own is the most bittersweet part of this career.

What advice would you give to a current student?
No one can experience everything Ohio State has to offer, the key is to make the most of what you have the opportunity to experience. Get involved, step out of your comfort zone, try new things and embrace new people. You will be able to meet many wonderful people and gain national and international experiences as you develop valuable skills for your future. Most importantly, you will make friendships that will last a lifetime!

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
On a campus of tens of thousands of students ACEL created a comfortable and caring environment. ACEL department members and staff challenged us to get involved and make a difference by joining student organizations and encouraged academic excellence through rigorous coursework. ACEL helped me to think globally through experience in international agriculture and nationally as we provided clean up efforts after hurricane Katrina and traveled to Washington D.C.

Sigma Alpha family.

 

Soils Judging Team

 

Mrs. Ringler’s students receiving State FFA degrees.

 

CFAES Outstanding Senior

OHIO in Brazil with AZP.

With Dr. Whittington at the annual CFAES Recognition Program.

OAAE Outstanding New Teacher

Ms. Stacklin during her student teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Thompson-Weeman, ’11, ’12

Hannah Thompson Weeman is a two time graduate of our department. She came to Ohio State from the state of Maryland and completed both her bachelors in agricultural communication and masters in agricultural and extension education. She now serves as vice-president for communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance in Arlington, Virginia.

[ACEL]: Hi Hannah! You studied agricultural communication at Ohio State. Why did you selected that major?
[Thompson-Weeman]: I chose to study agricultural communication because it allowed me to combine my skills and interest in strategic planning, public speaking and writing with my passion for agriculture. Competing in the agricultural communications CDE in FFA solidified this career path as the one I wanted to pursue.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
Growing up in Maryland, Ohio State really wasn’t on my radar until I was contacted by Bonnie Ayars, the dairy extension specialist who leads the dairy judging program. I had judged dairy cattle in 4-H and FFA and planned to do so in college, so hearing from Bonnie caught my interest and she arranged for me to come out for a visit. Ultimately, I chose to attend Ohio State in large part because of its agricultural communication program, but also because of Ohio’s strong dairy industry.

How has your education at Ohio State influence your career path?
The skills I learned as a student at Ohio State allowed me to earn several excellent internships with exposed me to various potential career paths in agricultural communication. These internships helped me to determine what path I wanted to pursue later on.

What were you involved in as an Ohio State student?
I competed on the dairy judging team and was also an active member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Alpha Zeta Partners, Buckeye Dairy Club and Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Planning Committee.

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State?
My favorite classes were ones where we were able to complete real-life projects, which we were able to do frequently in our agricultural communication program. During our publication design and production class, we produced The AgriNaturalist from start to finish, including selling ad space, designing ads and layouts and writing content. In our campaign design class, our group worked with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to develop a promotional campaign for a new initiative. I use all of these creative thinking and project management skills daily as a professional!

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
One of my favorite memories is from our ACT chapter hosting the National ACT Professional Development Conference during my senior year. It was exciting to see our chapter come together to plan the event, which was a great success.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
After graduating with my B.S., I immediately moved into a graduate program. I earned my M.S. in agricultural and extension education in December 2012. My first full-time position was as a marketing specialist at Farm Credit Mid-America in Louisville, KY.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career?
After two great years at Farm Credit, I began working for the Animal Agriculture Alliance in Arlington, VA in December 2014, first as director of communications and now as vice president of communications.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Do as many internships as possible! It is never too early to start trying out different jobs and seeing what you may want to do in the future. The connections you will gain will be extremely valuable when you start your job search. Don’t forget that any internship is a long-term job interview – always put your best foot forward.

What did ACEL cultivate in you? How?
As an out-of-state student, I did not have any friends or connections in Ohio before starting at OSU. The welcoming atmosphere of the ACEL department and the involvement of alumni and professionals in our classes and club activities allowed me to cultivate a network of friends and professional contacts that I continue to lean on today.

 

Dairy Judging Team

 

Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Committee

O-H-I-O in Brazil during a study abroad with Alpha Zeta Partners.

 

Speaking with ABN at the 2010 Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day.

Alumni Spotlight: Jenna Genson, ’08

Jenna Genson came to Ohio State from her hometown of Farmersville, Ohio to major in agricultural education. Her career after Ohio State has led her to graduate school in Virginia and careers in Ohio, Indiana and Texas! Read more from our conversation with 2008 agricultural education alumni, Ms. Jenna Genson.

[ACEL]: Hi Jenna! You majored in agricultural education while a student at Ohio State. What influenced that choice of major?
[Gensen]:
Both of my parents were teachers, so even as a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher – I just didn’t know what subject. The life-changing experiences I had in 4-H and FFA sparked my passion for youth development and agricultural education. I was hooked! I am fueled by helping others actualize their goals and be successful in their own, unique way.

Why Ohio State?
While I applied to attend other schools, Ohio State was always my first choice. The agriculture education program is second to none! When I got accepted to the Columbus campus, I was beyond excited! I’ll always be a proud Buckeye, regardless of how many miles away I am from the heart of it all.

How has your education at Ohio State influence your career path?
My time at Ohio State and Virginia Tech allowed me to better understand all of the opportunities available in agricultural education. When I started at Ohio State, I was convinced I would be an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for my entire career. I had no concept of how diverse our industry is. My time as a student provided the exposure and network I needed to get started!

As a student, what classes did you enjoy the most?
I always enjoyed classes in CFAES the most. Had this question been asked when I was graduating, I think my answer would have been different. As I reflect now, I think my favorite class was Methods of Teaching Agriculture with Dr. Whittington and Caryn (now Dr. Filson). Trying things on in lab was scary, especially in front of my peers – but it was tangible, realistic and by far the most beneficial educational experience at Ohio State. I continue to use many things I learned in that class on a daily basis.

Did a professor or faculty member have an impact on your collegiate studies?
I am amazed at the talent and energy of Dr. Susie Whittington. She is a wonderful example of how to embody passion for whatever profession you choose. She has a knack for building a positive, inclusive culture and always encourages others to lean in and try new things. My appreciation for Dr. Whittington continues to grow as I watch her find innovative ways to engage with students and the profession.

A lot of our current students are involved in student organizations. Where you involved in any as a student?
I was a member of Agricultural Education Society for four years, Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority for three years and served as president for one year, Towers Agricultural Honorary, Collegiate Young Farmers and I also worked at the Ohio State Vet Hospital part time for four years.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
Time with friends – road trips, football Saturdays, and late night food runs during study sessions to name a few.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
Upon graduation I moved to Blacksburg, Virginia and started graduate school at Virginia Tech. After graduating with my master’s degree, I came back to Ohio to serve as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career?
I was the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Valley View High School in Germantown, Ohio from 2010-2012. I then worked as an education specialist for the National FFA Organization in Indianpolis, Indiana from 2012-2017. I now work for the Texas Rural Water Association in Austin, Texas as a classroom and online course development specialist.

During your career, have you received any awards or honors? If so, what are those?

  • 2016 – White House Science Fair Delegate
  • 2012 – Ohio Teacher Turn the Key Winner through the National Association of Agricultural Educators (as nominated by Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators)
  • 2009 – Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority – National Outstanding Alumni
  • 2009 – Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority – Alpha Chapter Outstanding Alumni
  • 2008 – Honorary Chapter FFA Degree Recipient (Otsego FFA Chapter)
  • 2007 – Honorary Chapter FFA Degree Recipient (Valley View FFA Chapter)

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful memories. The top two are:

Staying connected with my former students and watching them grow into wonderful young adults. Sarah Landis is a wonderful example. In my first year of teaching, Sarah was a freshman in my Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources course (AFNR class). I’ve enjoyed witnessing her development. From being involved in several organizations and sports, going on to serve as a state FFA officer, earning her American FFA degree, and now being a Buckeye and aspiring agriculture teacher – watching former students succeed is one of the most rewarding feelings!

During my time at the National FFA Organization, I had the pleasure of working with the Agriscience Fair among other programs. The agriscience fair program continued to gain momentum and develop rapidly over the last few years. During his time in office, President Obama had a strong desire to highlight students excelling in STEM education. He founded the White House Science Fair where many successful students from across the country were invited to participate and represent their respective science fairs and organizations. National FFA was honored to participate each year and in 2016 I was invited to attend the event with our student to represent the organization. Watching the President interact with the students in the Rose Garden, witnessing his remarks in the East Room, and interacting with dignitaries and STEM professionals from across the country was incredibly powerful and inspiring!

What advice would you give to a current student?
Say yes! Take the extra class, go to the meeting for a new club, embrace the conversation with the new person in class. Lean in and try something that scares you – you never know where that might lead.

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
ACEL solidified my passion for youth development and allowed me to better understand how the brain learns best. I had great classes where I learned theory, wonderful labs where I tried things on, and great mentors who embody the connection of theory to delivery. Because of this, ACEL prepared me to be a better teacher inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Jenna with some of her Sigma Alpha sisters in college.

Ms. Jenson with some of her students at Valleyview High School.

Cheering for the Buckeyes during and Ohio State football game.

Cheering for the Buckeyes with fellow agricultural educator and ACEL alumn, Mrs. Ringler.

 

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Stevens Callahan, ’88

 

Michelle Stevens Callahan came to Ohio State from her hometown of Williamsport to major in agricultural communication. Since graduating with a bachelor of science in 1988, she has worked as a journalist, communications manager and freelance writer. She now works for the Pickaway County Library as the outreach coordinator, a position she has held for more than 13 years.

[ACEL]: Hi Michelle! Tell us why you selected to attend Ohio State and major in agricultural communication?
[Callahan]: I followed in my father’s footsteps by going to Ohio State. He was editor of the Ohio Farmer and American Small Farm magazines and he made agricultural communication look fun. He was right!

As a student, how were you involved in student activities?
As a freshman, I served as the state secretary for the Ohio FFA, which kept me on the run. I also enjoyed being a part of the Agricultural Education Society and served as a banquet chair. Through the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, I served alongside classmate MaryAnn Kistler as a national officer for the newly formed organization. I was named an outstanding senior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in 1988. I worked for Dr. Lowell Hedges, an agricultural education professor, copying and filing his many handouts. His secretary, Diane Morganstern, and I share the same birthday.

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State?
Putting together the AgriNaturalist was my favorite class (agricultural communication 400, on the quarter system). It gave me practical experience that I put to use in “the real world.” I was glad I took it multiple times right before graduation so everything was fresh when I started working.

I enjoyed agricultural systems management 241, building and construction, as it gave me a different set of real-life skills. Agricultural economics 310 gave me a business plan for a PR firm that I still have in a file drawer. I also enjoyed some of my general electives – theater 100, psychology 100, archery and badminton – because they were so different from any of my previous experiences.

Did a particular faculty or staff member have an influence on you?
Dr. Barbara Cooper was my advisor and was a lifesaver for me on my very first day at Ohio State when I had no classes on the CFAES campus and was feeling very lost and overwhelmed. She helped me switch my schedule around so I could be on the campus where I was comfortable because it was familiar to me from my FFA experiences. She was also an excellent mentor for me, helping me obtain internships and advising the ACT club and AgriNaturalist. We still exchange Christmas cards every year.

Share one of your favorite memories from your time as a Buckeye.
My favorite memories involve my roommates (Sandy Kuhn, Sharon Lambert Thacker and Beth Rice Reigelmayer, all 1988 grads from CFAES), having halitosis parties in Norton House, working as an orientation leader and living in Morrill Tower for a summer and getting married between my junior and senior year to OSU alum John Callahan. We are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this year!

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
My first job after graduation was with the Marysville Journal-Tribune daily newspaper. I was the agriculture editor and a general reporter. I sought out the newspaper job based on the advice from a speaker at a national convention of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. The speaker owned a public relations firm and said he would not hire someone who had not worked at a newspaper for a year. He said the discipline of writing every day and meeting deadlines taught the skills necessary to work in public relations.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career?
I worked at the Marysville Journal-Tribune newspaper for one year as a reporter. I got to do a little bit of everything there – write feature stories, obituaries and the police beat, cover civic meetings, take photos on the sidelines of high school football games, and developing photos.

I then worked with Producers Livestock (now United Producers) as the communications manager for six years where I got to do daily livestock prices on the radio, graphic design and organize large events. Then I worked as a freelance writer and editor while I stayed home with my two children for eight years.

I now work for the Pickaway County Library as community relations coordinator. In my 13+ years at the library, I have written newsletters and editorials, led storytimes and teen programs, taught computer classes, driven the bookmobile and partnered with OSU Extension, the YMCA, the local hospital and many other community organizations. I love the variety this job offers and seeing the library develop as a community hub.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
My favorite career highlight is the success of the One Book, One Community program in Pickaway County. I really like the way community members have embraced the discussion of heavy topics like end-of-life planning and drug addiction. The library has worked with Berger Health System and other local agencies to make these programs available. It is very fulfilling to be part of such a collaborative community.

What advice would you give to a current student?

  • I am full of advice, as both my children are current college students! Here are the pieces I keep repeating:
  • Go to class every day and sit in the front row. (Someone gave me this advice before I went to college and it worked for me.)
  • Ask for help when you need it, especially early in the semester. That’s why the faculty & teaching assistants are there.
  • Be involved in student organizations.
  • Make some friends.
  • Have some fun. Stay out of trouble.
  • Get a job! If it relates to your major, that’s great; if it doesn’t, it’s still good to have a job. It proves you know how to show up and work.
  • Check your e-mail.

Tricia Kritzler is holding my feet in the wheelbarrow race.

1988 OSU Graduates: from left to right Sandy Kuhn, Sharon (Lambert) Thacker, Beth (Rice) Reigelmayer and Michelle (Stevens) Callahan. Spring 1988 grads from CFAES.

Michelle presenting a storytime in a classroom as part of the local Soil & Water Conservation District’s Ag. Day.

Alumni Spotlight: Brad Moffitt, ’83

Ronnie B. “Brad” Moffitt came to Ohio State from Urbana, Ohio in 1980. At 22, he started a dual degree in agricultural education and animal sciences. He graduated from Ohio State in 1983. After years as an agricultural educator, high school principal and working for the State of Ohio, Moffitt is now in his “second career” with Ohio Corn & Wheat as director of market development and membership.

[ACEL]: You majored in agricultural education. What influenced you to choose that direction for your undergraduate career?
[Moffitt]: My focus in high school was my agricultural classes and FFA under the direction of three great teachers.  My freshman teacher, Willie Kanagy was the catalyst.  My senior agriculture teacher and Young Farmer advisor, Clif Baughman, offered the nudge it took to get me to Ohio State.  I farmed and raised cattle for four years after high school, starting at Ohio State when I was almost 22 years old. I chose agricultural education as my undergraduate major because I had wanted to be an ag teacher since first setting foot in my high school ag class. At some point, I decided I wanted to be a high school principal.  I found that having been an active agriculture teacher set a great foundation for that career step.

Why did you chose to attend Ohio State?
I never thought of anything else! if you wanted to be an agricultural educator, that’s where you went!

How did your education at Ohio State influence your career choice and path:
The career choice was set before I even entered my first quarter.  In addition to the agricultural education program at OSU, the technical agriculture courses in animal science, agronomy, entomology, agricultural economics, and agricultural mechanics were outstanding supplements to the agricultural education learning and experience.

What were you involved in as an Ohio State student:
Within the college, I was involved in Agricultural Education Society, Phalanx, Towers Honorary and on the Agricultural Recognition Banquet Committee. In Greek Life I served as rush chair and president of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity, chief justice of Interfraternity Council Executive Officer, treasurer of Jr. Interfraternity Council, was a member of the Greek Week planning committee and won the Ross Gainer Award, which was the top senior award for the Greek community.

I was in a number of honor societies as well, including Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen Honor Society, Alpa Lambda Delta Freshmen Honor Society and Sphinx Senior Honorary.

What classes did you enjoy the most as a student?
The three key agricultural education classes: the introduction class with Dr. Knight, methods with Dr. Newcomb and curriculum development with Dr. Hedges.  The best teacher educators in the universe taught them and inspired us to be aggressive and innovative professionals

What professor, faculty, or staff members had an impact on my education career?
The first class on my first day as a student was agricultural education 200 with Dr. Jim Knight, who I believe is the PERFECT teacher educator for freshmen aspiring to be teachers.  Those of us that went through Ohio State during that era in agriculture education had the honor to have Dr. Knight, Dr. Newcomb, and the great Dr. Lowell Hedges… we had to go through that pedagogical gauntlet of great educators in order to become teachers. That was good for us and it was good for the profession.  We also had GREAT graduate teaching assistants: George Wardlow who would later lead the Arkansas’ teacher education program, Stacy Gartin who would later lead West Virginia’s teacher education program, Phil Buriak and Joe Harper who both went on to great careers at The University of Illinois.  While my class did not have Dr. Leon Boucher directly, Dr. Boucher was a positive influence through the personal time he spent with undergraduate students.  We were also VERY fortunate to have had to have to go through the legendary Dr. Bill Tyznik’s animal nutrition class and Dr. Glen Himes’ agricultural economics 100… two world-class instructors.

Share a favorite memory you have from your time at Ohio State.
Being linked into Sphinx while sitting in one of Dr. Wilson’s 500 level animal science classes, then having Wendell Ellenwood (Director of the Ohio Union) lead me on the Sphinx walk across the oval.

Following your time at Ohio State, what was your first job?
I became an agricultural educator at Ridgedale High School in Morral, Ohio.

Over your career, what other positions have you held?
1983-1993: Ridgedale High School, agricultural educator
1993-1997: Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School, agricultural educator
1997-2005: Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local Schools, principal
2005-2010: State of Ohio, Department of Education, agricultural education area supervisor
2010-2012: Vocational Administration and school accreditation/assessment (various)
2012-Present: Ohio Corn & Wheat- Director, Market Development and Membership

  • From 1996 to 2008, was adjunct professor for The University of Dayton (masters and post-masters courses)
  • From 1970 to present: Hunting and fishing enthusiast. Have performed outfitting for hunting and fishing excursions

 

What are some honors or awards you have received over the years?
Ohio Ag Teachers- Outstanding Young Teacher
National FFA- National Agriscience Teacher of the Year, Eastern Region
Ohio FFA- Ohio Agriscience Teacher of the Year
U.S. Department of Education- Christa McAulliffe Fellowship

What are a few career highlights for you?
I have to note three:

  • Building and helping build two- 200 student programs of high school agriculture education (Ridgedale and Ripley)
  • Initiating U.S Marine Corps Junior ROTC at Ripley High School
  • Working for Ohio Corn & Wheat and leading the ethanol, export, and membership programs. I am the fortunate recipient of a totally unexpected second career!

What advice do you have for current students?
This is directed at future teachers: Understand that when you graduate and land that first job, you are in for the toughest 2 years of your life professionally and personally. Understand that going in, get tough, work hard, and make sound professional and personal decisions.  ALSO… do not forget to have a personal life, too!  Do not let the stress (yes, there will be stress) drive you to “knee-jerk” decisions.  Teaching high school agriculture was the best job I ever had… and my first annual salary was $13,000.

Advice that Dr. Lowell Hedges gave all outgoing agricultural education majors: “Teaching is a commitment in both length and intensity.” Dr. Hedges was telling us that teaching is not an 8am to 3pm job… it’s a career that will require time investment beyond the normal school day and beyond the typical school year.

And… get to know your students and their families on a personal andprofessional level.  That networking is what leads to future success and valued friendships. You become a mentor to your kids for your lifetime.

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
I mentioned it before, my time at OSU and as an agricultural education major gave to me and my peers the greatest mentors in the universe. While we were exposed regularly to the greats like Knight, Newcomb, and Hedges, also close by were Boucher, McCracken, Barrick, Miller, Gliem, Papritan, and those super-graduate assistants.  To answer “what did ACEL cultivate in me?”  I have to reference the fact that ACEL in the 70’s and 80’s was a glowing example of the power of mentorship via strong agricultural college teachers and staff.  I have taken with me into every level of my career a passion for connecting young professionals to strong, positive mentors.

Brad Moffitt and the first FFA officer team at Ripley High School.

Filling the Ohio Corn & Wheat Tahoe with E85 (85% Ethanol Fuel) at a 2017 stop on the Ohio Ethanol Tour. Moffitt is the staff lead for the Ohio Corn Checkoff’s ethanol programs.