Ag Breakfast celebrates agriculture and local farmers

Mar 19, 2024 | Featured, Ottawa Outdoors | 1 comment

Several dignitaries attended the Ottawa County Agricultural Community Breakfast, including, from left, Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Coppeler, Seneca County Commissioner Bill Frankart, State Rep. D.J. Swearingen and Ottawa County Commissioner Donald Douglas. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Oak Harbor High School seniors Tait Dusseau and Tate Tomor were greatly impacted by their experiences in FFA. Through the program, they learned skills they will carry for the rest of their lives and developed a passion for agriculture that set the course of their futures. On March 15, the boys got a boost into those futures when they were awarded scholarships at the Ottawa County Agricultural Community Breakfast held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor.

The boys plan to attend Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, where Tomor will study agriculture and conservation, and Dusseau will study ag business. Both were grateful for the scholarships and for the growth they experienced through FFA.

Tait Dusseau, left, and Tate Tomor were awarded scholarships at the Ottawa County Agricultural Community Breakfast on March 15. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“With the teachers I had and the classes I’ve taken, it really shaped me into the person I am,” Tomor said. “FFA taught me leadership, problem-solving and life skills.”

Dusseau also said leadership was one of the strongest points of personal development he learned in FFA.

“FFA gives you a sense of being able to lead a group of people toward a common goal,” Dusseau said. “It also helped me with public speaking. Now, I can talk to anybody.”

Dusseau said the scholarship will relieve some of the financial burden of college, freeing him to enjoy extracurricular activities.

OSU Extension Educator Molly Avers congratulates Tait Dusseau on his scholarship. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“I’m really into livestock judging, so I’ll be able to do that,” he said. “Now I can worry less about finances.”

The Ag Breakfast was hosted by the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with help from OSU Extension staff. One of the goals of the event was to raise money for scholarships, and it also gave the community the opportunity to celebrate agriculture and honor local farmers. The event was hosted in recognition of National Agriculture Week.

The breakfast was emceed by Ottawa SWCD Program Administrator Mike Libben, who talked about the organizations’ activities, including the district’s tree sale, the Women in Conservation program that will run April through September, and the H2Ohio initiative.

Ottawa SWCD Program Administrator Mike Libben emceed the Ottawa County Agricultural Community Breakfast on March 15. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Guest speaker Quintin Smith talked about the history and future of the grape and peach industry on Catawba, and OSU Extension Educator Molly Avers provided updates on the organizations’ impact in Ottawa County.

Several dignitaries attended the breakfast, including State Rep. D.J. Swearingen; Tim Schneider, a Representative for U.S. Senator J.D. Vance; Ottawa County Commissioners Donald Douglas and Mark Coppeler; Seneca County Commissioner and grain farmer Bill Frankart; Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Frederick Hany; Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick; and Ottawa County Health Commissioner Jerry Bingham.

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  1. Scott Gresser

    A great event put on by great people for a great industry. But unfortunately there are people who think tourism is the only way to go. And what has the OCIC done to promote and expand agriculture in Ottawa County? Like with everything else, they’ve done NOTHING. They weren’t even at this event.

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