(Posted Fri. Aug 5th, 2011)
Aug. 5: Today, National Corn Growers Association Past President Fred Yoder was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Association Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed by the Ohio Agricultural Council. Yoder shared this prestigious honor with three other inductees also being recognized for committing their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community.
“We congratulate Fred with a strong sense of appreciation for the tireless work he has done on behalf of corn growers both in his home state and across the country,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “His dedication to agriculture is evident, and his continuous efforts benefit our industry as a whole.”
Yoder, a resident of Plain City, Ohio, distinguished himself as a state and national leader in the corn industry. First a member of the Ohio Corn Growers Association Board, he served at the state level for 18 years, including two as the association’s president. Yoder also expanded his service to the national level serving as president of NCGA in 2002-03. He continues to serve NCGA informally as an advisor by helping develop solutions to current agricultural issues. Yoder has testified on behalf of farmers before the U.S. Congress and serves as an advocate for agriculture locally, nationally and internationally while working to advance grain farming and opening world markets.
“We felt this was the ideal way to recognize Fred. He has dedicated his time to advancing agriculture in not only Ohio, but on a national and international level as well,” said Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Directors Ron Rockhold and Bill Berg, who nominated Yoder for the honor.
Yoder has farmed for 38 years and grows corn, soybeans and wheat, where he has switched to strictly conservation tillage. He also operates a retail farm seed business, selling a variety of seeds. Yoder has served as a great example to others and is a pioneer of innovation on his own family farm. The farm has become multi-generational, with the family starting Yoder Ag Services LLC.
“Fred Yoder exhibits strong character, both as a farmer and as a capable, natural leader,” said NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels, also a long-time friend of Yoder. “I, and the entire NCGA staff, congratulate him on this accomplishment, and, personally, I thank him for the 13 years I have enjoyed the privilege of his friendship.”