2018 Industry Dinner
December 28, 2018 Ohio Soybean Association
This year’s Industry Dinner offered the chance to reflect upon and celebrate the 2018 accomplishments of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA). This year, OSC honored John C. “Jack” Fisher with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his service as executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and as deputy director and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Dinner was accompanied by U.S. Soy Export Council (USSEC) CEO Jim Sutter’s keynote address about trade and what he expects soybean markets to look like in the coming years. The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio Soybean Association also recognized their retiring members.
Retiring OSC Board Members
John Motter grows soybeans and corn in Hancock County, and has been a member of the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees since 2004. He has served in every OSC executive committee position. In addition, John is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau and served on the State Extension Advisory board. He has also held every office on the Hancock County Fair Board. John also served for many years on the United Soybean Board (USB), including as Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair. He was the first farmer from Ohio to lead USB. During his time as chairman, John oversaw the announcement of the first commercial use of a new soybean oil-based rubber compound in Goodyear tires and helped hire a new USB CEO, Polly Ruhland.
Bret Davis of Delaware County has served on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees since 2010 and has been a valued leader, serving on multiple committees. He is a member of the Ohio Soybean Association board and the American Soybean Association (ASA) board, and was recently elected as ASA’s secretary. Bret is a Certified Crop Advisor and past president of both the FSA Board and the Delaware County Farm Bureau. He grows soybeans and corn with his stepson on his farm near Delaware.
Amy Sigg Davis of Warren County has been an active leader in the soybean industry for many years, serving on OSC, OSA and USB. Amy also recently served as OSC’s representative to the National Biodiesel Board as an executive committee member. She is active in her community as a trustee for the Cincinnati Music Festival Association and past president of the Warren County Farm Bureau. She farms corn and soybeans in Lebanon, Ohio.
Retiring OSA Board Members
Adam Graham has served on the Ohio Soybean Association board since 2010 and has held leadership positions as Secretary, First Vice President, President and Chairman. He raises soybeans and corn on his farm in Logan County.
Cindy Parker Haring of Miami County joined the Ohio Soybean Association board after completing the national ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program. She is an active member of the Ohio Farm Bureau as a past County Trustee and President. She has also served on the Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee and graduated from the AgriPower leadership program.
Todd Hesterman of Henry County farms nearly 1,000 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat, and is a Certified Crop Advisor. While serving on the OSA Board, Todd has been a leader serving as Treasurer, First Vice President, President and Chairman. In addition to his work with OSA, he is also an Ohio Soybean Council board member and current member of the Henry Soil and Water Board of Supervisors.