The Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a volunteer farmer board, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program. The program’s primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development, education and promotion projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds (checkoff).
Below is a list of OSC board members and the districts they represent can be located on the map.
Steve Reinhard, Chairman, District 6Crawford County
Steve Reinhard serves as Vice Chairman on the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees and farms more than 1300 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat in Crawford County. Steve previously served as OSC Treasurer and currently serves as a representative to the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health. He earned a B.S. from The Ohio State University in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Education. Steve is active in many agricultural groups including Ohio Farm Bureau and the Crawford County Soil & Water Conservation District. He is Vice Chair of the Ohio Expositions Commission, a Crawford County Commissioner and a member of the Bucyrus Chamber of Commerce and Martin Luther Lutheran Church and also serves as a volunteer firefighter.
Bill Bateson, Vice Chairman, District 5Hancock County
Bill Bateson of Hancock County serves as Treasurer of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees and also is Chair of the Communication/Education committee. Bateson produces soybeans, corn and wheat on 800 acres. In addition to being a grain farmer, he raises beef cattle, managing 30 cows in a cow to calf operation. Outside of agriculture, Bill is a member of Good Hope Church and coaches the junior high basketball team.
Jeff Magyar, Treasurer, District 3Ashtabula County
Jeff Magyar of Ashtabula County is a member of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees. Jeff currently serves on the national Soy Transportation Coalition Board of Directors, Republican Party Executive Committee and the Western Reserve Co-op Board. He is also an Ohio Farm Bureau County Trustee, Pymatuning Valley FFA Alumni member and Wayne Township Trustee. In addition, Jeff is a member of St. Mary Church where he serves on the Finance Committee.
Bill Bayliss, Secretary, District 8Logan County
Bill Bayliss is a first generation farmer from Logan County who serves on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees. He produces soybeans, corn, wheat and hay on approximately 2,000 acres. He previously served as Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency of Miami County and president of the Logan County Sheep Improvement Association. Bayliss completed various educational training at The Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bill also serves as Chair of the National Soy Aquaculture Alliance Board of Trustees.
Todd Hesterman, District 1Todd Hesterman
of Henry County farms nearly 1,000 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat. Todd previously served as the Ohio Soybean Association First Vice President and Treasurer. He earned a B.S. from The Ohio State University in Agronomy and holds a Certified Crop Advisor designation. In addition, Todd is the past Chair and current member of the Henry County Soil & Water Board of Supervisors, Member of the Brookside Society of Professional Consultants, and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Amy Davis, District 13Warren County
Amy Sigg Davis of Warren County is a member and past Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees, and also serves on the Ohio Soybean Association Board of Trustees. Amy serves at the national level as an executive committee member of the National Biodiesel Board and previously served on the United Soybean Board. She is a corn and soybean farmer from Lebanon, Ohio in Warren County. She obtained her B.A. and M.A. from California State University and she is also a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Leadership, Education and Development Program. She is active in her community as a trustee for the Cincinnati Musical Festival Association; past director of Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; member of Lebanon Kiwanis and member and past president of the Warren County Farm Bureau.
Bret Davis, District 9Delaware County
Bret Davis of Delaware County runs Davis Farm. He serves on both the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Board of Trustees and was elected to the American Soybean Association Governing Committee. Bret has also served as OSA President, Chairman, Vice President Producer and Treasurer. He grows 3,400 acres of soybeans and corn. Bret holds a designation as a Certified Crop Advisor and is a past president of both the FSA Board and the Delaware County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the FFA and earned his American FFA Degree.
Scott Denlinger, District 10Montgomery County
Scott Denlinger raises soybeans, corn and wheat on his nearly 1000-acre farm in Montgomery County and serves as a member of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees. Growing up, Scott was active in the FFA and after high school attended Sinclair Community College where he studied Computer Aided Drafting and Machining.
Dave Dotterer, District 12Wayne County
Dave Dotterer of Wayne County is a member of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees and serves as chair of the Demand Committee. Dave also served on the United Soybean Board. He farms more than 1100 acres of soybeans, corn, wheat and hay. Dave is also active in the Wayne County Farm Bureau and serves on the board of the Ohio No-Till Council. He previously served on the Ohio Soybean Association Board of Trustees.
Nathan Eckel, District 2Wood County
Nathan Eckel of Henry County runs Eckel Grain Farms and currently serves on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees where he is chair of the Research Committee. He farms nearly 2000 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat. He earned a B.S. from The Ohio State University where he studied Agricultural Business and Applied Economics. In addition, Nathan is a co-owner of Eckel Cattle Company, raising 1200 head of cattle. He also sits on the board of directors for Luckey Farmers, Inc., serves as a 4-H advisor and is a member of Wood County Young Farmers and Northwest Ohio Tractor Pullers.
Keith Kemp, Ex-OfficioPreble County
Keith Kemp of Preble County is a member of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees and serves as a representative on the United Soybean Board and North Central Soybean Research Program. Keith previously served as OSC Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. He farms nearly 1500 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat. Keith also operates a purebred swine operation and holds an associate degree from Sinclair College.
Mike Heffelfinger, District 4
Jerry Bambauer, District 7Jerry Bambauer farms nearly 900 acres on his farm in Auglaize County. Jerry serves as a member of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Board of Trustees and previously served as OSA President, Chairman, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, he served on the American Soybean Association Board of Directors. Jerry holds a B.S. in Animal Science and Agronomy from The Ohio State University. Jerry is also a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. He is active in his community as a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
Scott Metzger, District 14Ross County
Scott Metzger of Ross County is a member of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees as well as the Ohio Soybean Association Board of Trustees where he serves as Vice President. He previously served as Treasurer of the Ohio Soybean Association Board of Trustees. He farms more 3,100 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat. He received a B.S. in Agronomy and Agricultural Business at The Ohio State University. Scott is the treasurer of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau and a member of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. He has also participated in many leadership programs including Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPower and American Soybean Association’s Dupont Young Leader Program.
John Motter, Ex-OfficioHancock County
John farms soybeans and corn in Jenera, Ohio. John serves on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees, where he previously served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. He currently serves on United Soybean Board, where he was elected Vice Chair and previously served as Treasurer. John is a member of Ohio Farm Bureau and previously served on the State Extension Advisory Board. John has also held every office on the Hancock County Fair Board. He is a member and elder of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ.