DELAWARE, Ohio — The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association has announced Tadd Nicholson as its new executive director. In his new role, he will also manage two of Ohio’s check-off programs, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program.
Nicholson has 19 years of experience as part of the Ohio agriculture industry and has served OCWGA for eight years, previously as its director of government and industry affairs and most recently as its interim executive director.
“I look forward to extending my role for OCWGA because I really believe in its purpose and mission,” said Nicholson. “We represent the best interests of Ohio’s grain farmers and I’m going to work to ensure that our organization’s legacy continues to be successful.”
Prior to joining OCWGA, Nicholson was the general sales manager of ABN Radio and TV/Ohio’s Country Journal and before that he worked for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association/Ohio Beef Council.
“Tadd has the knowledge base required for this position and is already familiar with our members and industry,” said OCWGA president Mark Wachtman. “Based on the impact that he has already made, I know that we’ll accomplish even more with his direction.”
Nicholson has traveled nationally and internationally on behalf of OCWGA, OCMP and OSGMP to engage in events and meetings as an advocate for agriculture promoting opportunities and the long-term sustainability of Ohio’s grain farmers and industry.
He has been intimately involved with the development and promotion of the ethanol industry, worked to expand trade possibilities, strives to offset excessive regulations and continues to focus on helping to develop new markets for Ohio’s grain farmers.
Nicholson was raised on his family’s farm in Morrow County and now resides in Mt. Gilead on a small farm with wife Heather and children Emma, Claire and Caden.