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GrowingOHIO Creating connections to the state’s top industry 2020 Edition ã BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Gardens and…
GrowingOHIO Creating connections to the state’s top industry 2020 Edition • BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Gardens and Good Grades Keeping Water Clean Growing a Healthy Mind The Female Force & More Delightful Dairy Young’s Jersey Dairy offers agritourism attractions for every age Family-Owned Since 1936 Your #1 CHOIC E for seed! Sellers of SOYBEANS, RUFF’S SEED 3870 Ruff Rd. SW FARMS CORN, WHEAT Amanda, OH 43102 & GRASS SEEDS 740-969-2600 Find even more online about Ohio agriculture, from education to agritourism and more. Stay Informed Discover facts and stats about agriculture in your state, including the average farm size and the number of family farms. Cook with Ohio Products Find tasty recipes using Ohio’s top products such as Swiss cheese, milk and more. Shop in Season When will your favorite fruits and vegetables be available? Download a produce calendar showing what’s ripe right now. Read the Digital Magazine Optimized For Online: Each article can be read online, as a web article or within our digital magazine. Share the Content: Have a Field Day Embed our digital magazine in your website Discover agritourism to offer compelling information about destinations from dairies Ohio agriculture to your site visitors. to farm-to-fork restaurants. > To learn more about what’s growing in your state, visit GROWING OHIO 2020 EDITION | CONTENTS | 10 AGRITOURISM 150 Years Young oung Young’s Jersey Dairy offers agritourism attractions for every age 6 AG PROFILE 17 COMMUNITY AG 25 LEGAL 32 CONSERVATION Ohio Agriculture Crunch Time Leading Legislation: Keeping Water Clean An overview of the state’s Great Lakes event A Bill for Beginners Edge-of-field monitoring food, farming and celebrates local apples, Proposed bill offers an tests conservation agribusiness sectors Farm to School incentive for Ohio’s practices retiring and beginning 8 TOP AG PRODUCTS 18 FARM TO SCHOOL farmers to work together What’s Growing Gardens and in Ohio? Good Grades 26 AG TECH A glimpse at the state’s Ohio’s targeted programs Farming Forward leading ag products reach diverse student Ohio farm researches population for the future 34 EGGS 14 AG EDUCATION All It’s Cracked Connecting Kids 22 WOMEN IN AG 28 HANDS-ON AG Up to Be ODA plans to grow The Female Force A younger generation Digging Deep PHOTOS, FROM TOP: JOHN YOUNG; ISTOCK.COM/BAJINDA Farm to School program More women are taking of Ohio egg farmers to enrich schools, leadership roles in ag During Recovery is leading the industry local communities than ever before Women in recovery find into the future solace in agriculture 38 AG CAREERS 31 WELLNESS Growing the Future COVER STORY | PAGE 10 Raising Awareness Several Ohio programs Jersey cows graze in a field at Young’s Jersey Dairy Growing a healthy mind prep the next generation in Yellow Springs. PHOTO BY JEFF ADKINS is key to mental wellness to lead the industry on the farm to success |3 | WELCOME | GrowingOHIO 2020 EDITION, VOLUME 7 We are pleased to present you with the 2020 edition of Growing SENIOR EDITOR Hannah Patterson Hill ASSOCIATE EDITORS Rachel Graf, Kelly Rogers Ohio, a publication that CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rachel Bertone, Keri Ann Beazell, Cathy Lockman, Kim Madlom, Jessica Mozo, Joanie Stiers highlights the power V.P./CONTENT & MARKETING Jessy Yancey V.P./CREATIVE SERVICES Laura Gallagher and diversity of Ohio’s ART DIRECTOR Amy Hiemstra SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Emmylou Rittenour agriculture industry SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Jeff Adkins STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Nathan Lambrecht and its important stories. MEDIA ASSET MANAGER Alison Hunter V.P./DIGITAL OPERATIONS Allison Davis Ohio’s farms feed America, support WEB DEVELOPER Richard Stevens economies, provide jobs and DIGITAL ADS SPECIALIST Susanna Haynes maintain our rural heritage. PRESIDENT Ray Langen CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Kim Newsom Holmberg This edition covers not only the EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Jordan Moore significance of this industry but also V.P./BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Drew Colston INTEGRATED MEDIA MANAGER Caleb Winters the newest trends and news in Ohio OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Molly Morton agriculture, including Ohio’s new AD PRODUCTION MANAGER Katie Middendorf Children’s Initiatives program and SENIOR AD COORDINATOR/DESIGNER Vikki Williams AD TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Patricia Moisan farm-to-school concept, women SALES SUPPORT COORDINATOR Courtney Cook in agriculture, technology and FARM FLAVOR MEDIA IS A DIVISION OF agricultural careers, and the growing JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS INC. CHAIRMAN Greg Thurman concern of stress and mental health in the farming community. PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Bob Schwartzman We hope you find this issue insightful and informative. And CONTROLLER Chris Dudley ACCOUNTING TEAM Diana Iafrate, we hope that you learn more about this industry that provides Maria McFarland, Lisa Owens necessities and a better quality of life for every single one of us. DATABASE DIRECTOR Debbie Woksa EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Kristy Giles HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Peggy Blake Very respectfully yours, Growing Ohio is published annually by Farm Flavor Media and distributed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. For advertising information or to direct questions or comments about the magazine, please contact Farm Flavor Media at (800) 333-8842 or Mike DeWine Dorothy Pelanda Governor Director OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE Dorothy Pelanda State of Ohio Ohio Department of Agriculture COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Shelby Croft Special thanks to all Department staff for their support. For more information about the Ohio Department of Agriculture, contact: Shelby Croft, Communications Director 995 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (614) 728-6201 No public funds were used in the publishing of this magazine. © Copyright 2019 Journal Communications Inc., 725 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 400, Franklin, TN 37067, (615) 771-0080. All rights reserved. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without written consent. Please recycle this magazine. |5 | AG PROFILE | Ohio Agriculture An overview of the state’s food, farming and agribusiness sectors 320 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE HAS consistently topped the list as one TOTAL of the most important industries in Ohio, a major economic driver with a FARMS: $124 billion annual economic impact. The state’s 77,805 farms are spread 77,805 FARMERS over 13.9 million acres of land, and average about 179 acres in size. These MARKETS farms produce the food and fiber that is consumed by families across the country and used by almost 1,200 $124B food processors to create products ECONOMIC around the world. IMPACT: One in every eight jobs in Ohio is within the food and agriculture industry, whether in conventional farming, food processing, agribusiness or one of many other various careers PRODUCTION VALUE: $10,274,742 that support agriculture. Ohio produces a diverse range of crops and commodities, but some of the top ones include soybeans, corn, dairy products, hogs, turkeys, wheat, 60% CROPS | 40% LIVESTOCK hay and more. In fact, about half of the farms in the state are livestock farms, and Ohio is the third-largest egg-producing state in the nation. It $25B FEMALE produces approximately 9.5 billion eggs per year. While crops and commodities FOOD& FARMERS: are important, Ohio agriculture 25,609 encompasses everything from BEVERAGE agritourism and farmers markets EXPORTS to food processing and agricultural manufacturing to ag education, preparing the next generation of farmers, proposing legislation to 1 in 8 JOBS IS IN THE FOOD improve the industry and more. One thing is certain: With the AND AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY determined and hardworking effort of everyone involved within Ohio Sources:,,, agriculture, the industry will only continue to grow and prosper. 6| Growing Ohio AG FAIR FUN Rides, good food, ag competitions – who doesn’t love a good fair? For a list of county fair dates across the state, visit JUNE ExploreAg Camp, Columbus JULY Ohio State Fair, Columbus OCTOBER Harvest Festival, Bath Ohio harvested 25,966 acres of vegetables for fresh market in 2017. OHIO’S TASTIEST FESTIVALS Festivals that celebrate Ohio’s favorite foods? Yes, please. Here’s a list of food festivals throughout the year that you won’t want to miss: FEBRUARY OCTOBER Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Grand Rapids Applebutter Festival, Fairfield Festival, Grand Rapids APRIL Bob Evans Farm Festival, PHOTOS, FROM TOP: JEFF ADKINS; ISTOCK.COM/BAIBAZ The Geauga County Maple Rio Grande Festival, Chardon MAY Walleye Festival, Port Clinton SEPTEMBER Marion Popcorn Festival, Marion The Ohio Swiss Festival, Sugarcreek |7 | TOP AG PRODUCTS | What’s Growing in Ohio A glimpse at the state’s leading ag products based on cash receipts* CORN $1.7B 40% of corn grown in Ohio goes toward ethanol production, and 33% of that corn returns to the market as animal feed. DAIRY PRODUCTS AND MILK $1B Ohio lays claim to nearly 2,000 dairy farms that are home to 264,000 head of milking cows. Annually, Ohio dairy farmers produce 605 million gallons of milk. PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: MICHAEL D. TEDESCO; ISTOCK.COM/DEJANKOLAR, ITHINKSKY SOYBEANS $2.3B Ohio is ranked sixth nationally in soybean production, with *WHAT ARE CASH RECEIPTS? farmers across the state producing Defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, approximately 289 million bushels cash receipts refer to the total amount of crops or livestock sold in a calendar year. of the crop in 2018. 8| GrowinG ohio HOGS TURKEYS $668M $143.9M Ohio is ranked eighth nationally in pork Producing more than production, with farmers producing 282 million pounds of turkey 1.3 billion pounds of pork. Ohio sows in 2018, Ohio ranks ninth averaged 10.79 pigs per litter in 2018. nationally in turkey production. The U.S. turkey industry employs 20,000 to 25,000 HAY people across the country. $120.6M Ohio growers harvested 970,000 acres of hay in 2018, which resulted in a production of nearly 2.4 million tons of the crop. WHEAT BROILERS $202.8M $313.7 In 2018, Ohio farmers harvested 450,000 acres of wheat, resulting in In 2018, Ohio produced 107.9 million a production of 33.75 million bushels broiler chickens, which resulted in of the crop. 561.1 million pounds of meat. Ohio chicken production creates nearly 5,500 jobs across the state. Find more online Learn more about agricultural crops and commodities in Ohio online PHOTOS: BRIAN MCCORD; MICHAEL CONTI; NATHAN LAMBRECHT; JEFFREY S. OTTO; ISTOCK.COM/TSEKHMISTER, VITALINA RYBAKOVA, BAZILFOTO at CHICKEN EGGS $762.5M With more than 33 million hens laying more than 9.5 billion eggs in 2018, Ohio is one of the nation’s largest egg-producing states. CATTLE AND CALVES $575.5M Ranking 23rd in the nation in beef production, Ohio has 15,000 beef farms with 296,000 cattle. |9 150 Years YOUNGYoung’s Jersey Dairy offers agritourism attractions for every age 10 | GrowinG ohio | AGRITOURISM | T HE YOUNG FAMILY BELIEVES FAMILY FUN IS THE stuff of life, and their dairy farm is proof of that. From Udders & Putters miniature golf to two restaurants to their “cow- lendar” of special events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The story of Young’s Jersey Dairy began in 1869, when relatives of the Young family built the red barn that still stands on the Yellow Springs farm today. Hap Young bought the 60-acre farm in the mid- 1940s, and together with his sons, Carl, Bob and Bill, they grew grain, raised hogs and milked cows. In 1958, they opened a small sales room PHOTO: JEFF ADKINS | 11 Visitors play miniature golf on the “Udders and Putters” course at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs. and sold their Jersey milk directly Golden Jersey Restaurant came UDDER ENJOYMENT to the public for 60 cents a gallon. from those same cows. Last year we While ice cream is the treat of Customers could drive up, open served 42,000 pounds of cheese curds choice for many visitors, it’s just one the refrigerator, grab a gallon, at our restaurants. They’re more of many things to enjoy on the farm. leave an empty jug and money, popular than french fries.” Families can visit the petting zoo, and drive away. Visitors can also enjoy fresh ice complete with friendly goats and While you can’t just drive up and cream at Young’s Dairy Store. While other farm animals, hit the batting purchase a gallon today, the focus not made with milk from the dairy, cages, eat a home-cooked meal or on farm-fresh milk and family fun the ice cream is churned on site in enjoy a game of miniature golf. continues at Young’s, says owner Dan a building right next to the iconic There are kids’ rides, and in the fall, Young, who with his son, sister and red barn. A bestseller, Young says, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch cousins operates the dairy. “Twice a is appropriately named Cow Patty, and corn maze. day, families can watch as cows are a double dark chocolate ice cream “Having a chance to enjoy these milked, and they know the cheese treat with cookies, toffee and family-friendly activities while they eat later at the dairy store or chocolate chips. visiting the farm is very popular,” Young says. “As fewer people grow up on farms, more of them are These special events are all part of our interested in seeing what a working family’s effort to provide a family experience farm looks like, feels like and tastes like. While people love our ice cream for the more than 1 million visitors who come and cheese, they are really coming PHOTOS: JEFF ADKINS to the dairy every year.” for the experience. We focus on being a destination that creates Dan Young, owner, Young’s Jersey Dairy fun for our customers.” 12 | Growing Ohio For many guests, that fun experience includes birthday parties and school tours. “We’ve been hosting school groups for 50 years,” Young says. “Kids can feed a goat, go on a wagon ride and learn about the farm. Now, those same been held every fall at Young’s kids who visited as third graders for 25 years. If You Go... are bringing their own kids out to “These special events are all part YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY enjoy the farm.” of our family’s effort to provide a Location: MORE FAMILY FUN family experience for the more than 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Throughout the year, Young’s also 1 million visitors who come to the Yellow Springs, OH 45387 hosts special events. Visitors can dairy every year,” Young says. “We (937) 325-0629 enjoy a cheese festival in June and take a lot of pride in fulfilling that Hours: a vintage truck show in August. An mission, in being a member of Ohio Sun.-Thu. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. annual wool-gathering event that Proud and in marking our farm’s Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. features shearing demonstrations, 150-year history.” Website: wool spinning and weaving has – Cathy Lockman | 13 | AG EDUCATION | Connecting KIDS ODA plans to grow Farm to School program to enrich schools, local communities “WHEN TALKING WITH children, sadly, there are many times when they don’t know where their food comes from. One child told me he thought his milk came from the grocery store,” shares Micaela Wright, public information officer with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).   Unfortunately, with the conveniences of the modern world and the 20th-century decline in the number of farms nationwide, this misconception of where food really comes from is becoming more and more common. Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine teaches children about cooking during the “Cooking at As Wright observes, “the broader the Taste of Ohio Café” event at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. impact of this is that these children will grow into adults who lack that aren’t realistic and base their part of The Ohio State University knowledge about the wide variety decisions on misunderstandings (OSU) Extension. Their efforts have of healthy foods available and how about their food.” included hiring new administration to cook them. It also impacts the This is one of the reasons why to serve as a point of contact for the future of the agriculture industry. ODA has recently launched a new state. Recently, the staff has been When people don’t understand how initiative to help grow the Farm to busy uncovering the current needs their food is raised or grown, they of the program, what people around tend to make demands about food School program, which is currently the state are already doing and determining how the agency can best assist. For every job created by school districts One successful collaboration has been the Farm to School program purchasing local foods, another 1.67 jobs working with the Ohio Proud PHOTOS: JEFF ADKINS marketing program. A great are created by additional economic activity. example of this is the cooking demonstrations that were held at 14 | Growing Ohio | 15 Benefits of Farm to School: • Economic Development • Public Health • Education • Environment • Community Engagement the Ohio State Fair in 2019. First Lady Fran DeWine was featured, among others, emphasizing the importance of food education. Demonstrations like these can be an entertaining way to showcase Ohio’s many great food products while educating kids. GROWING FARM TO SCHOOL IN THE FIRST YEAR AND BEYOND Additional plans for the program include connecting more growers to schools and helping even more schools adopt the program across the state. “There are many schools that have successfully implemented Farm to School and we are learning from those programs to create some best practices. Farm to School encompasses one or more of the following: procurement, school gardens and education,” says Cathy Corbitt, deputy director of ODA. And so far, it has been a win-win for kids, farmers and communities alike. Creating new jobs and economic growth opportunities, improving public health and between Ohio food processors and However, and perhaps above all, nutrition, increasing student educational food-service providers. the Farm to School program will help engagement and academic By helping foster stronger kids across Ohio to once again grow achievement, and reducing food community ties between schools, up understanding the importance of waste – these are just a few of the producers, distributors and high-quality, farm-fresh foods. And many benefits that Farm to School nonprofits, as well as government equipped with this knowledge, they PHOTO: JEFF ADKINS programs deliver. agencies, there will be plenty of will also have the opportunity to live In future years, ODA looks new opportunities for the ag stronger, healthier lives. forward to developing partnerships industry to grow and flourish. – Keri Ann Beazell 16 | Growing Ohio | COMMUNITY AG | CRUNCH TIME Great Lakes event celebrates local apples, Farm to School LISTEN CLOSELY AND THE food, apples unite the Great sound of an orchestrated bite into Lakes states and they unite 1.5 million local apples resonates Ohioans of all ages and all across the Great Lakes states backgrounds and all places where Non-school registrants, like every October. people just love to eat apples.” businesses, government agencies More than 200,000 Ohioans Held every October since 2014, the and day cares, can receive free registered for the 2018 Great six-state event recognizes National apple resource materials to help Lakes Great Apple Crunch, a fun, Farm to School Month, National plan a crunch event. Registering educational moment in October Apple Month and prime apple- schools receive access to apple- organized by the National Farm picking season at Ohio’s more than focused educational materials that to School Network and celebrated 100 orchards. While the official meet learning standards, making across Minnesota, W
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