Robison farms, mingo

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Commercial Producer

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded the Robison family of Mingo, Ohio, the Commercial Producer of the Year Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. OCA and Farm and Dairy jointly sponsor this award to recognize Ohio’s top commercial beef operations. The award presentation featured a video of the Robison family that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Angus Association.

Robison Farms is a 500-acre livestock operation that has been in their family for over 100 years. Since 2006, management of the farm has been split between the Robison brothers and their families, Allan and Kelly and their children, Noah and Josie; and Thad and Amanda alongside their sons, Zane and Wyatt. Allan and Thad’s mother, Connie, is also part-owner in the farm. The Robisons own nearly 100 brood cows that are primarily used for embryo implantation in cooperation with other individuals, predominately Maplecrest Farms and the Grimes family. They also maintain a small portion of their herd to create their own replacement females using sexed-heifer semen. Each year, the Robison family tries to improve their land through cover crop incorporation and water and fence-row improvement projects, like developing a spring and fencing out the spring and ditches to control brush and erosion. The family’s goal is to one day be able to pass down the operation to their children, like their parents and grandparents did before them. 

Stickel farms, Bowling Green

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Environmental Stewardship

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Stickel Farms of Bowling Green, Ohio, the Environmental Stewardship Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. Each year, in an effort to recognize individuals who excel in preserving and protecting the environment associated with their farm, OCA and In Ohio Country Today jointly sponsor the Environmental Stewardship Award. The award presentation featured a video of the Stickel Family that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council.

Andy and Brian Stickel are the fourth-generation to operate Stickel Farms, a diversified grain and livestock operation. Andy’s wife, Erin, and the two brothers’ parents, Dale and Mary Elyse, are also active in the operation. Stickel Farms grows corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and processing tomatoes, operates a hay and straw business and raises close to 400 head of feedlot cattle per year. They also have a 40 head cow-calf operation on the farm. The family chooses to forward market their cattle through an all-natural program, overseen by Erin. While the operation is always looking to grow, they are primarily aiming to become more self-sustainable. Due to their location in Northwest Ohio, they are no stranger to water quality and the issues associated with it. In order to minimize runoff and nutrient-loading in their watershed, they have incorporated practices like no-till, the use of cover crops and limiting the use of commercial phosphorus. They hope to leave their land and resources in better condition so the next generation will have the opportunity to be involved with production agriculture and continue the family’s legacy. 

Bob agle, south vienna

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Industry Excellence

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Bob Agle of South Vienna, Ohio, the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. Each year, in an effort to recognize individuals who continue to promote and excel in the beef industry, OCA and Brownfield Ag News jointly sponsor the Industry Excellence Award. The award presentation featured a video of Bob Agle that was generously sponsored by the Clark County Cattle Producers.

Bob Agle owns and operates Agle Family Cattle alongside his wife, Peggy; daughters Emily and Allison; and nephew, Adam and wife Megan. Bob has been involved with the beef industry his entire life, and while the Agle family has fed cattle for more than 30 years, Bob now specifically concentrates on breeding show cattle. He raises close to 50 head a year, all various breeds. Very specialized in his operation, he heavily uses embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization in his operation to improve the quality of the cattle he generates. Known as a great role model within his community, and a leader for the Clark County beef community, Bob is very involved with the Clark County Fair and even started the Cattle Battle show, part of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program. He is a former member of the operating committee for the Ohio Beef Council and is active within the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and hosts tours for OCA on his farm. Bob feels fortunate to be able to do what he loves and is proud of the success his family has seen from the operation over the years. 

tom price, delaware

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Industry Service

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Tom Price of Delaware, Ohio, the Beef Industry Service Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. OCA and Ohio’s Country Journal jointly sponsor this award to recognize Ohio’s top service providers for the beef industry. The award presentation featured a video of Tom Price that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts.

Tom Price and his wife Judy own and operate Price Farms Organics and Price Marketing in Delaware County. Three other members of the Price family are involved as well, two children, John and Kristi; and a grandson, Austin. The operation consists of 280 acres that is used for cropland, sod production and a compost facility. As Delaware County is the fastest growing county in the state of Ohio, and one of the fastest in the United States, Tom knew he had to become innovative with his operation. Composting and recycling were the answers he needed, and he’s been building the operation for the past 18 years. Price Farms Organics works with many clients in the central Ohio region, such as the Columbus Zoo and The Ohio State University. Tom says that he’s fortunate to be part of the recycling effort for such large organizations, given that they are a smaller facility. Tom also serves on the Ohio Soil & Water commission, and he is also active with the Ohio Expo Commission, the Ohio State Fair and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. While Tom is grateful for the opportunity to do what’s right and clean up the environment, he notes that he is accepting this award on behalf of those who have helped make the operation into what it is today. 

clark county cattle producers

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Outstanding County Affiliate

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded the Clark County Cattle Producers the first-ever Outstanding County Affiliate Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. OCA sponsors this award to recognize county affiliates and their exemplary work in promoting the beef industry across the state of Ohio. The award presentation featured a video of the Clark County Cattle Producers that was generously sponsosred by the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. 

The members of Clark County Cattle Producers are very diverse, including small and large operations that raise both commercial and show cattle. Members of the organization are extremely involved and pride themselves on giving back to the youth in their county. Each year they host the Clark County Cattle Battle, which is part of the OCA BEST program. The proceeds from this show are distributed to members and other junior showmen in the county. Each year, they award scholarships to youth in their first or second year of a beef project for the fair that enables them to buy a calf from Clark County and keep the proceeds from the animal at sale time. The organization also offers funds for members to attend OCA programs like Beef 509/510, the Young Cattlemen’s Conference, or attend the Annual Meeting or Cattlemen’s Gala. Five years ago, Clark County Cattle Producers started the Make-A-Wish® Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle. This cattle show specifically encourages youth to be good ambassadors for the cattle industry through garnering charitable contributions for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Linde Sutherly, president of the Clark County Cattle Producers, notes that without the active membership of the organization, they would not be able to host the successful events that they do. 

paint valley farms, millersburg

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Seedstock Producer

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Paint Valley Farms of Millersburg, Ohio, the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. OCA and Farm World jointly sponsor the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award, which was created to recognize top beef seedstock producers in Ohio. The award presentation featured a video of Paint Valley Farms and the Lee Miller family that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders' Association.

Paint Valley Farms is owned and operated by Lee Miller and his wife, Dawn; their children, Megan, Whitney, Grant and Derek; and herdsman Gretchen Straits. The family manages close to 160 brood cows, 120 of which are registered Shorthorn females. The Millers sell cattle through online and private treaty sales and have sold cattle through the Ohio Beef Expo for nearly 10 years. In 2019, Paint Valley Farms will host their first live bull sale at their farm on March 23. They place a focus on raising cattle that will produce a high-quality end product for consumers and also incorporate rotational grazing to improve sustainability efforts on their farm. Their goal as a seedstock operation is to produce beef cattle that are eye appealing, perform well and offer functional traits.

brad thornburg, barnesville

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Young Cattleman

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Brad Thornburg of Barnesville, Ohio, the Young Cattleman of the Year Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. OCA and the Ohio Farmer jointly sponsor the Young Cattleman of the Year Award, which was created to recognize young producers in Ohio working to better the beef industry. The award presentation featured a video of the Thornburgs that was generously sponsored by Heritage Cooperative. 

Brad, and his wife, Mindy, and their children, Vonn, Vaya and Voss, own Thornburg Cattle. Neither Brad nor Mindy grew up on a farm, but their time spent as 4-H members and their mutual passion for agriculture pushed them to start an operation of their own. Six years ago the couple started their farm with 11 cows, and today they run a cow-calf operation of close to 40 head. Each year they keep a few replacement heifers to improve the quality of their genetics and grow their herd, while exclusively using artificial insemination and embryo transfer in their breeding program. They direct sell all their cattle and try to accommodate the interests of their buyers. The Thornburgs participate in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and work with a local conservation group to make their farm more sustainable and increase its longevity. They have incorporated practices like rotational and mob grazing to do so. Their goal is to grow their farm into a sustainable, profitable operation that they can one day pass down to their children.