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OHIO FARM BUREAU FEDERATION PRESENTS AWARDS FOR SERVICE

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recognized five Ohio leaders for their service to agriculture during the organization's 75th Annual Meeting Dec. 1-3 at the Columbus Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel. The presentations took place at the Anniversary Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 2.
 Receiving Distinguished Service Awards were Chalmers P. Wylie, William Hoewischer and Darwin Bryan (posthumously). Receiving the Agricultural Cooperator Award was Robert Scherer, and Ned Bell received the Agricultural Communicator Award.
 Wylie became a representative to Congress from the 15th Ohio Congressional District in January 1967 after three terms in the Ohio legislature. Before his retirement, he served as the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, as a member of the Joint Economic Committee and the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs. He has been a friend to agriculture throughout his government career by voting for ag legislation such as casting the deciding vote establishing the National Cooperative Banking Association and also helping to establish the Farmer Mac program. A World War II veteran, Wylie earned many medals including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
 Since his graduation from The Ohio State University in 1940, Hoewischer has held numerous leadership roles including a 25-year stint as Ohio State Fair beef cattle superintendent, a past member of the National Livestock and Meat Board, president of the board of Producers Livestock Association for 12 years, president of the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and has held various leadership positions in the Shelby County Farm Bureau. He was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame in 1980.
 Bryan served as OFBF youth activities director from 1938 until his retirement in 1973. A native Hoosier, he joined Farm Bureau at a time when it had no formal youth organization. During his 36 years with Farm Bureau, he saw approximately 12,000 rural youth enjoy the program. His regional and state youth schools placed emphasis on citizenship, leadership training, public speaking, cooperative education and recreation. In 1983 the Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund was established by the OFBF board of trustees in his honor. Since its establishment, 41 youth have receive $500 scholarships. He was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1977.
 Scherer was president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) representing America's 45,000 cooperative businesses which includes credit unions, mutual insurance companies, rural electric and telephone co-ops, agricultural marketing and supply co-ops, HMOs and health care co-ops. Prior to joining the NCBA, he was executive vice president of Countrymark, Inc. A native of Scioto County, he has served as president of the OSU Agriculture College Alumni Association and is a member of OSU's President's and Buckeye clubs.
 Bell, a 40-year journalism veteran, has been the farm editor of The (Toledo) Blade since 1986 and has covered agricultural issues of statewide significance as well as featured interesting farm families and how they cope with today's pressures. As a true friend to agriculture, he always strives to convey to non-farm readers the trials and tribulations of today's farmers.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Jeanneret of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, 614-249-2479 or 800-937-4567/


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