2012 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees

Much like rock stars and football legends, Ohio’s agriculture leaders are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame annually. Sponsored by the Ohio Agricultural Council, the Hall of Fame recognizes Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community.

The 2012 inductees were recently recognized at a special breakfast and ceremony held August 3. Congratulations to them all!

Dr. Charles Lifer
Dr. Lifer joined The Ohio State University Extension as a county extension agent nearly 50 years ago and has since earned a national reputation for his efforts to improve and expand Ohio’s 4-H program. With his leadership, the 4-H doubled its membership, quadrupled its endowment fund and initiated the first 4-H center at a land-grant university campus.

Dr. Bobby Moser
For more than 20 years, Dr. Moser has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and as dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University. During his tenure, Dr. Moser has overseen a more than 200-percent increase in grant awards, the issuance of more than 80 patents, the establishment of the Food Innovation Center and the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Dr. Donald Myers
Dr. Myers has served in a variety of roles at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science for more than 30 years. Known as the “father of no-till forages in Ohio,” he was instrumental in the development of the innovative no-tillage forage seeding system, which has received international recognition. Dr. Myers has also authored numerous publications to help farmers improve forage productivity.

Micki Zartman
Ms. Zartman is the founder of Scarlet and Gray Ag Day at The Ohio State University, which is an outreach program designed to bring elementary students to OSU to learn about the industry and opportunities within agriculture. Zartman is also active in expanding the involvement of Ohio high-school students in the World Food Prize Youth Institute, a three-day event during which students can interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss food security and agricultural issues.

For more information about the 2012 inductees, visit www.ohioagcouncil.org/home.html

Photo obtained from: www.pubs.usgs.gov

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