Four inducted into Ag Hall of Fame 09.01.2010

Written by David Green.

Four Fulton County residents were inducted last month into the Fulton County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Charles S. Riegsecker

Chuck Riegsecker has been a dairy and crop farmer in Pike Township since 1963. He knows the dairy business from front to back—that is, he worked in the front office of Sterling Dairy Co. as a bookkeeper, and at the back end of a dairy cow, milking for 41 years.

Chuck has been an active promoter of the dairy industry and farming throughout his career. He has been involved with the Fulton County Dairy Stand as a board member, and helped build the first milk shake stand in 1971. He served many years and in many roles as an active member of the Fulton County Dairy Service Unit (now the Fulton County Dairy Association), serving as president from 1989 to 1992.

Chuck has also provided leadership to the Delta Farmers Elevator Board where he served for nine years and also on the Fulton County Extension Advisory Committee. He has also offered his farm to the Delta FFA for Dairy and Soil Judging contest preparation.

He was honored in 1997 as one of Farm Futures “100 Best Managed Farms,” as well as an Ohio Master Farmer. He has also been selected as Honorary Chapter Farmer by the Delta FFA.

James Rufenacht

Jim Rufenacht is a livestock and grain farmer from German Township. He farms in a family partnership and more recently a co-owner of Pettisville Grain. He has been an innovator with a passion for agriculture and a drive to be a good steward of the resources with which he has been entrusted. He views agriculture not just as a career, but as a gift that allows him to do what he loves every day.

Jim is a founding member of the local Steer Feeding Project through the Food Resources Bank which mobilizes and increases the resources needed to support small holder, agricultural food security programs in some of the world's poorest villages. The project has raised more than $125,000 in the past seven years, and he and his wife Linda took a trip to Africa to see this money in action.

Jim is a co-founder of Walt’s House, which helps individuals who have been released from prison return to work and the community with supervision. He also coaches eighth grade basketball.

Jim has provided his leadership to a number of boards and committees in the community including the Farm Credit Advisory Board, Township Zoning Committee, Farm Service Agency, Pettisville FFA Adult Education Committee, and the Pettisville Advisory Committee. He is also a member of several statewide groups including Farm Bureau, Ohio Cattlemen, Ohio Corn Growers and Ohio Soybean Growers, and is a life member of the National and State FFA Alumni.

Jim has been honored with the Mennonite Mutual Journey Award and Honorary FFA Degree from Pettisville FFA.

He is willing to share his knowledge and has hosted several high school classes leading discussions about farming and helping students better understand the business of farming.

Randy Crowl

Randy Crowl has provided leadership to the Delta FFA program for more than 29 years. The agriculture education program at Delta High School has steadily increased over the years to reach more than 100 students annually. Randy’s agricultural teaching and personal example have encouraged many students to further their education and remain in Ohio, becoming leaders in their community.

Since 1980, under Randy’s leadership, the Delta FFA program has had 155 District placing judging teams including 34 top-10 placing teams at the state level; 16 top-5 placing teams; four state placing envirothon teams; and one eastern state regional placing team. The program has also ptoduced 12 State FFA Degrees and nine American Degrees.

Jerry McDonnall

Jerry McDonnall has been an active farmer in the Delta area for more than 43 years. Commodities grown on the farm include corn, soybeans and tomatoes, plus a vegetable harvester business. The farming operation has adopted and adapted many technologies over the years, keeping the farm growing and improving. Much of this information has readily been shared with farmers throughout the area.

Jerry has been a member of Farm Bureau, his local Farm Bureau Council, and has served on the Fulton County Farm Bureau Board. In 2005, Jerry was honored with an Honorary Chapter Farmer award from the Delta FFA chapter.

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