Chase W. Fleece
Chase W. Fleece
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8:00am - 10:00am
AG News

Farm Broadcaster Dave Russell speaks about leaving a legacy in agriculture and telling it's story.


The event began with veteran broadcaster Dave Russell's keynote presentation. Russell got his start in farm broadcasting at WRFD in Columbus. Russell has also been on the air at WOWO Radio in Ft. Wayne Indiana. He also has worked in video production and for government offices revolving around Agriculture. Russell spoke about Legacies in Agriculture. Russell noted it was important to be involved in Agriculture’s conversation.


Ruth Oates accepts Merritt M. Corbin's induction on behalf of his children, Karen Corbin Devictor and Ann Corbin Edwards.

Three were inducted into the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame. The first was Merritt M. Corbin, who was inducted posthumously. Corbin was a 1937 of Forest High School, and a 1941 graduate of The Ohio State University. Corbin worked for many years in the agriculture lending field. Corbin was also a veteran of the second World War, where he connected his maintenance of equipment on the farm to his maintenance of amphibious tractors in the war. Ruth Oates accepted the award on behalf of Corbin’s children. Corbin was also responsible for Agrifacts, a computerized agricultural statistic service.


Joe Cornely accepts his induction.


Second was the night’s second farm broadcaster, Joe Cornely. Cornely, who cut his teeth in radio right here at WKTN calling high school sports. He radio career led him to farm broadcasting at WRFD and WLW in Cincinnati. Cornely currently serves as the Senior Director of Corporate Communications at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation - which allows him to visit Dennis Beverly on our public affairs program, Public Eye. Joe started the Bureau’s publication, Our Ohio as well as the syndicated radio program, “Town Hall Ohio” which he still hosts currently. Cornely noted that while bad weather and poor markets are minimal problems compared to Agriculture’s Social License. Cornely that agriculturalists are constantly being drug into the spotlight and being questioned for their practices. He echoed Russell’s words to be involved in the conversation surrounding agriculture.


Jim Lyle informs the crowd on the importance of conservation in agriculture.


The final inductee of the evening was Jim Lyle. Lyle is 4th generation Hardin County Farmer, Township Trustee, and was a carpenter of 60 years. He helped to construct over 35 county homes, and made numerous improvements to structures around the county.  Lyle was a long time 4-H advisor, and fair board member. Lyle reminisced on farming in the Scioto Marsh, and how much wind soil erosion has happened over the years. He further noted the importance of implementing conservation practices to preserve farming and agriculture resources.


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