Trumbull County Farm Bureau honors a year of hard work and success

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CORTLAND, Ohio – The Trumbull County Farm Bureau has honored 12 of its members for receiving star awards, the state’s highest recognition for local programing.
Committee leaders who achieved star status were: Richard Houk, government affairs; Marsha Stanhope and Marie Morris, advisory council and young farmers; Sandee Smith, promotion and education; Ralph Eddie, policy development; Mary and Walter Horodyski, agricultural ecology; Bob Banner, safety; Mary Smallsreed, information; Nerissa Rosco and Paula Agnew, youth; and Milton Eddie, Nationwide Insurance committee.
These nine committees achieved success under the leadership of county president Glenn Smith.
The awards were presented at the organization’s annual meeting Aug. 10 in Cortland.
Dominic Marchese was recognized as the group’s ambassador award winner for signing more than 10 new members this year. The Farm Bureau now has 4,469 members throughout Trumbull County.
Tuition help. Also at the meeting, six Trumbull County youth received $1,000 scholarships.
Those students were: Jennifer Andrella, who will attend Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute to major in dairy production and management; Craig Clemson, who will major in agricultural systems management at Purdue University; Lena Dascenzo, a middle childhood education major at Youngstown State University;
Anne Horodyski, a student at Youngstown State University who is majoring in integrated science education for grades seven through 12; Brandon Kelsey, who will attend Cornell University to major in computer engineering; and Gerald Smith, a political science and public management major at Youngstown State University.
Friendly farmers. The Farm Bureau also recognized Center Creek Dairy with the Tom Schwartz Environmentally Friendly Farmer award.
The farm is managed and operated by Eric and Tracie Campbell, with Eric’s mother, Alice Campbell, as an active partner. The family farms about 1,000 acres and the dairy consists of approximately 60 cows and 60 youngstock.
Corn and soybeans are the major commodities grown on the farm. Cropping practices include vertical tillage, no till, double cropping and the use of field buffers.
The farm has participated in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and cost-shared a water pond for the livestock enterprise last year. Grand River Partners holds a permanent easement of 22 acres of wetlands that is enrolled in the Wetlands Preserve Program.
On the board. In other business at the meeting, the following individuals were elected as board members: Ed and Nancy Agler of Bristol Township, Gordon Butler of Johnston Township, Daniel Kellogg of Gustavus Township, Warren McClintock of Fowler Township, Smallsreed of Braceville Township, Sandee Smith of Mecca Township, and Stanhope of Kinsman Township.
Four members were elected as Ohio Farm Bureau Federation delegates. Those members were: Eric and Tracie Campbell of Bristol Township, McClintock, and Paul Wilde of Gustavus Township.
The alternate delegate is Richard Roscoe.
The Farm Bureau also recognized Ruth Sharec for her 22 years of service as the organization’s secretary.
Policy. Members at the meeting passed several policy resolutions at the local, state and national levels. At the local level, voters chose not to continue the financial support of harness racing at the Trumbull County Fair. They also opted to support a barn/maintenance building at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center.
In all, members voted in favor of eight local policies.
One of the 14 policies passed on the state level included the support of legislation to control all trespassing, including ATVs, snowmobiles and horses.
Nationally, the Farm Bureau passed eight policies, including one backing the use of federal funds to help start and maintain niche and alternative farming.
The guest speaker for the evening was The Friendly Trapper, Harold E. Bailey.
(Reporter Janelle Skrinjar welcomes feedback by phone at 800-837-3419, ext. 22, or by e-mail at jskrinjar@farmanddairy.com.)

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