Two Licking County farmers inducted into agricultural hall of fame


NEWARK, Ohio — Two Licking County leaders were inducted into the county’s Agricultural Hall of Fame during the annual Salute to Agriculture breakfast March 12 in Granville.

Honorees for 2011 include the late Carol L. Beem and James E. Hoover.

Carol Beem

The late Carol L. Beem was a lifelong resident of Licking County, and was vice chair of the St. Albans Township board of trustees.

She was a member of the Licking County Farm Bureau and the Alexandria Buckeyes, and served on the Democratic Central Committee and the Licking County Sheep Improvement Committee.

She was recognized as Master Shepherd in 2002 for her accomplishments in breeding and marketing top-performing Suffolk sheep.

Her work with the sheep industry extended over 35 years with 30 years of service to the Licking County Sheep Improvement Committee.

James Hoover

James E. Hoover, of Perry Township, is recognized as a farmer and promoter of the beef industry, with a commitment to conserving soil and water resources.

He accomplished much of his service while also carrying out an exemplary career in education as a teacher and school principal with Newark City Schools. He served as a board member of the Licking County Cattlemen’s Association and was responsible for developing the college scholarship program of that association. He holds membership in Ohio and American Angus Association, Licking County Farm Bureau and has assisted with steering committees for local farm-city tours and a statewide association tour held in Licking County.

He has been active as a supervisor for the Licking Soil and Water Conservation District, including terms as chair and vice chair. He has also served in positions of leadership with the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

He has also served his community as a township trustee and is currently a member of the Licking County Emergency Management Team.

About the hall of fame

The Licking County Agricultural Hall of Fame was initiated in 1992 by the OSU Extension office with the assistance of the Licking County Extension Agronomy committee.

Portraits of all recipients are displayed at the Licking County Agricultural Center, in Newark.

Applications for consideration as 2012 recipients are due by the end of the calendar year. Application forms are available from the Licking County OSU Extension office.


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  1. Thanks for the post and my congrats to these fine farmers. It’s great to know we have people that enjoy the demands of farming in Licking County, Ohio.


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