Licking County Ag Hall of Fame inducts two

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NEWARK, Ohio – Two new inductees have joined the ranks of the Licking County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The honorees. The late Lester Mitchell, Jr. and Lawrence Clark of the Linnville area were recently inducted at the “Salute to Agriculture Day” luncheon in the Newark area.

Mitchell was a longtime dairy producer and innovative agriculture producer from the Alexandria area who passed away in 1984.

He was a “self-built” dairy farmer who grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and proceeded to secure a degree from OSU and start a dairy operation in Licking County.

He was instrumental in the formation and served as the first president of the Licking County Regional Planning Commission.

Lawrence Clark of Clark Brothers Farm near Linnville has been a longtime dairy and grain farmer.

The Clarks have been stewards of the soil. Conservation structures and practices include contour farming, diversion channels, no till farming and spring developments to maintain and improve the productivity of the land.

Nominations. Nominations for the hall of fame are available through the Extension office at 740-349-6900. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2002, for 2003 honorees.

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