GREENVILLE – Several individuals were honored during the 2018 Darke County Chamber Ag Day held Friday, March 23, at Romer’s Catering.
Receiving the 2018 Agricultural Advocacy Award was Jon Everman, County Executive Director, U.S.D.A. Farm Services.
Everman was presented the award by Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, OSU Extension, Darke County.
The Agricultural Advocacy Award is presented each year to an advocate for the advancement of agriculture in the community who has demonstrated extensive participation, leadership and support of agriculture.
Everman and his wife Misty reside in Greenville, where he farms 500 acres.
After graduating from Greenville High School, where he participated in track and basketball, he attended Edison State Community College and The Ohio State University. His federal government career in agriculture began as a summer intern for the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District during the summer of 1982.
In 1987, he entered the federal training program to become a County Executive Director within the U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency. He became the CED of Darke County in 1988, which is the position he currently holds today.
Everman has been instrumental in developing and managing the training program for applicants entering the CED training program in Ohio.
Everman said it “was a great honor” to receive the Agricultural Advocacy Award “because I know who has stood on this stage before me. It’s a huge surprise and I do cherish this.”
The 2018 recipients of the Agriculture Achievement Award was presented to Harrod and Harrod Farms LLC – Tom and Jayne Harrod and Korey and Brittany Harrod, of Rossburg, by Beverly Delk, CPA, Fry & Co.
The Agriculture Achievement Award is presented each year to a producer that is actively involved in the agriculture production chain and has demonstrated extensive participation, leadership and support of agriculture.
During the last couple of decades, the farming community has become more aware of the importance of best practices regarding fertilizer and water management. The Harrod family has been working with The Ohio State University Extension since 2013 on several projects, including looking at manure as a side dress nutrient source for corn. After the first year of work, they took the research to the next level by using a manure side dress toolbar with a dragline hose, Research results has shown a yield boost of 14.8 bushels per acre and 75 percent reduction of commercial nitrogen.
The Harrod family also has been testing a new way to control field moisture by installing underground water control structures within the tiling systems that regulate water levels, direct water into the soil or use as a nitrate filtering practice.
The Harrods farm 1,200 acres, and finish 14,000 hogs.
Surprised to be named an award recipient, Tom Harrod took a moment to thank the Ag Day organizers , saying “Darke County is a good place to call home.”
The keynote speaker for Friday’s Chamber Ag Day was Dr. Matthew C. Roberts, founder of the Kermantle Group, an economics research and training consultancy. Roberts is a nationally-renowned expert and speaker on the grain and energy markets. He was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at The Ohio State University.
PHOTO CAPTION: The 2018 Agricultural Advocacy Award was presented to Jon Everman, center, during Chamber Ag Day on Friday. Above, left to right, Tony Roberts of Roberts Agency Nationwide, Chamber President Sharon Deschambeau, Beverly Delk, CPA with Fry & Co., OSU Extrension Educator Sam Custer, Everman, Lisa Hayes from Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s office, Ben Thaeler from Cong. Warren Davidson’s office, and Rep. Steve Huffman.(Susan Hartley photo)