McKay receives dairy scholarship

WOOSTER — College students from five Dairy Farmers of America member families are the recipients of $1,000 Mideast Area scholarships for 2018. Among them is

Shelby McKay, daughter of John and Nicole McKay of Wooster.

McKay will be a sophomore at Wittenberg University, majoring in business and Spanish. McKay has been involved with 4-H, Junior Leadership Wooster, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club and more activities.

"I am lucky enough to be a part of a family who owns and operates a dairy farm. I understand the hard work that is required to be successful, especially in these trying times. I wouldn’t change the way I was raised for anything in the world," McKay said. "I believe dairy farming has given me experiences and an understanding of life that many people have never had the opportunity to experience."

Two chosen for ag leadership program

COLUMBUS — Bailey Morrell of Wooster and Katie Esselburn of Shreve are among the 17 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected to participate in the 2018-2019 AgriPOWER Institute, Ohio Farm Bureau’s training program designed to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. The year-long program consists of multiple two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues facing agriculture and the food industry.

Morrell works in marketing for Certified Angus Beef LLC. She serves as a committee member with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, is involved with Young Ag Professionals and the Wooster Chamber of Commerce and has been an industry representative for Ohio State University’s Ag Smart 4.0. Before moving from Iowa to Ohio, she served as the philanthropy chair of the 2016 Young Professionals in Ag Board of Directors.

Esselburn is a Wayne County Farm Bureau member who works as a dairy calf technical specialist who does consulting and milk replacer sales for Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products. She helps out with her family’s crop and commercial beef and cow-calf production. She is music director at St. Peter Catholic Church.

Get tickets for Farm Science Review

COLUMBUS — Tickets for the 2018 Farm Science Review, Sept. 18-20, are now available for purchase online at

This year’s show at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London will have a larger exhibit area, and improvements have been made so visitors can better access parking, the ever-popular "Ride and Drive" area as well as other offerings.

An online directory and app can assist visitors as they plan their trip. Using the app, visitors can perform a keyword search to locate an exhibit they want to see and can get walking directions to the exhibit.

The online directory now includes the educational exhibits and food vendors in addition to the commercial vendors.

The Farm Science Review app, which is available for both Apple and Android smartphone and tablet users, includes interactive maps, a schedule of events, and general information on the show and exhibitors. It’s available by download in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for "FSR 2018" or by directing your mobile browser to

Tickets for the Farm Science Review are $7 online, at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, and $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free.

Farm Science Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, visit

Wooster Native Receives Statewide Scholarship

COLUMBUS — Abbey Werstler of Wooster has received a scholarship from the Ohio Pork Council. Werstler was one of seven students selected from across Ohio. The Ohio Pork Council awards scholarships annually to a select group of students who have shown exemplary service to the pork industry and an interest in a career in the industry.

Hayhurst places at shorthorn show

MADISON, Wis. — Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts gathering from 27 states and Australia competed in the 2018 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, June 25-July 1. Not only did the juniors compete with their animals, but had the opportunity to compete in 13 individual, team, or state contests.

In the senior age division, 17 to 21 years old, Brooke Hayhurst of Wooster placed second in the team fitting contest.