COLUMBUS – The Ohio Agricultural Council is enshrining four in the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Aug. 10.
Ohio Columbus (O.C.) Barber, Linus “Lenny” Losh, Tom Price and Bobby VanStavern will be recognized for their contributions during breakfast ceremonies at the Ohio State Fair.
O.C. Barber (1841-1920), was a pioneer in Ohio agriculture and was one of the first in the U.S. to apply scientific and business practices to agriculture.
The founder of the city of Barberton, he established the 3,200-acre Anna Dean Farm, which was home to 1,000 dairy and beef cattle, 30,000 hens, 50,000 ducks, plus swine, dogs and horses.
Lenny Losh of Westerville is known for his work in soil and water conservation services. He helped develop the Resource Conservation Act, as well as the USDA’s first National Soil Conservation Program. He has also provided leadership to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Darby Creek Watershed Plan.
Tom Price, Delaware, is a hog, cattle and grain farmer, and owner of Price Marketing and Price-Barnes Organics. Price has been progressive in his work in agricultural circles and the general public to promote environmental stewardship and to developing partnerships with the farm and nonfarm communities.
Bobby VanStavern of Columbus,professor emeritus of animal science, Ohio State University, is an internationally recognized expert in the meat science field. His leadership in meat grading and marketing led to the eight, science-based specifications for the Certified Angus Beef program, the nation’s first specification-based, branded beef program.
He is the author of several books on meat science.
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