Ohio’s Top Conservation Farmers Honored

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) recognized five families as winners of the 2023 Conservation Farm Family Awards at the Farm Science Review in London.

The five families honored were: Rethmel family, Defiance County; Todd and Melissa Miller, Columbiana County; Julius (Jules) and Jodee Verhovec, Jefferson County; Brent and Jenna Clark, Miami County; and the Wickerham family, Adams County.

“Conservation of our soil and water resources is paramount to the future of agriculture and all the benefits it provides to every Ohioan,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Brian Baldridge. “I am proud to honor the 2023 Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award winners, who have made it their life’s work to conserve soil, water, woodland and wildlife on the land they farm and for their commitment to being good stewards.”

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