By ED LENTZ
Agriculture has contributed to Hancock County since the pioneers settled. Many individuals are involved in agriculture, but there are a few who stand out for their efforts and contributions to the community.
The Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame award recognizes those who have been instrumental in the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a producer or in an agricultural profession.
The award will be presented at the Farmer’s Share Breakfast on March 13.
Any individual or organization in Hancock County may submit a name by completing the hall of fame nomination form. Awards are given for either of two categories, producer/breeder, or agricultural related.
At a minimum, nominees should have been born, raised, resided or started their careers in Hancock County. They should have at least 25 years in an agriculturally-related occupation. Only four individuals may be inducted each year and of these, only two may be posthumous.
A husband and wife may be nominated together as one to receive the award. However, both must have made contributions to the agricultural community in service and leadership to be listed together, and accomplishments must be listed for both on the application.
Thirty-eight people have become members of the Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame since the first group was inducted in 2006.
Keith Jackson, Lehr Reese, Lynn Stacy, and Harold and Delores VonStein were the last group to be inducted in 2013.
Nominations must be submitted to the Hancock County Extension Office by Feb. 14. Nomination forms or additional information may be obtained at the Extension Office, 419-422-3851, or via the Internet at http://hancock.osu.edu.
Members of the Hancock County Agricultural Hall of Fame are recognized in a permanent display at the Hancock County Agricultural Service Center.
The hall of fame is affiliated with the leadership efforts of the Chamber of Commerce Agri-business Committee.
Lentz is extension educator for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension Service in Hancock County. He can be reached at 419-422-3851 or via email at email@example.com.
Lentz can be heard with Vaun Wickerham on weekdays at 6:35 a.m. on WFIN, at 5:43 a.m. on WKXA-FM, and at 5:28 a.m. at 106.3 The Fox.
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