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75th Anniversary

August 18, 2022
Ross County Fairgrounds
Multipurpose Building

344 Fairgrounds Road
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Served at 6:30 p.m.

This 75-year milestone is shared by nearly 300,000 farmers nationwide. Over a million farm producers are over age 65, and in the last 40 years, the average age of a farm’s principal operator has risen from 50 to 59. With these kinds of demographics revealing an aging farm population, the district will present an informative program about family farm transition planning.

Featured Speaker
Ryan Conklin

Attorney Ryan Conklin, president of the Wright and Moore Law Firm, works with farmers and farm families to hand down their farm to the next generation, keep the farm in the family and pass on a viable farming operation. Estate planning can be especially important for farm families who are moving their family business to the next generation and looking to minimize estate tax. Ryan will discuss the options and challenges a family faces when the transition of the farm has become stressful,

Ryan grew up on his family’s small dairy farm in Plain City, He attended The Ohio State University and graduated in 2010 with his bachelors of agriculture degree majoring in animal sciences and agribusiness and applied economics. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Conklin pursued his master’s degree in agricultural education at the University of Florida. After obtaining his master’s degree in 2012, Ryan attended Michigan State University College of Law. While at law school, Ryan built upon the knowledge of agriculture and natural resource law.

Today Ryan assists clients with a variety of issues related to agritourism, wind and solar leases, farmland transactions, dispute resolution, and farm transition planning for young, new, and beginning farm families. Conklin’s greatest joys in private practice involve the work he has completed for agricultural non-profits and the numerous young farmers he has helped begin or advance their operations. Ryan lives in Delaware with his wife Anna and their assorted animals. Outside the office, you can find him playing golf, skiing, watching college football, and knocking out his to-do list around the house.

75th Anniversary

Antique tractors and a history of the district’s 75 years of soil and water conservation will be on display at the Ross County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building. Supervisors will also present the district’s annual report to residents, introduce new supervisors running for 2023, and present the district cooperator of the year award to recognize farmers who practice conservation to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and a dinner buffet will be served by Sunroom Catering at 6:30 p.m. on August 18th at the Ross County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building at 344 Fairgrounds Road in Chillicothe, Ohio.

With its history dating back to the dust bowl era of the 1930’s, and organized in 1947, the conservation district was formed to encourage and implement practices to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and encourage the stewardship of natural resources. The district receives most of its funding from the Ross County Commissioners, additional funds from the State of Ohio and is governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors.

Ross SWCD provides free technical assistance to landowners implementing conservation practices through the farm bill or for the CAUV tax program. The district provides county services related to geographic information systems, residential neighborhood drainage and runoff, wildlife habitat, and a broad range of conservation initiatives. Residents can find more information about Ross Soil and Water online at the district website or call the district office at 740-772-4110, extension 116.

Meeting Program

6:30 Dinner Buffet by Sunroom Catering

7:00 Family Farm Transition Planning

Cooperator of the Year

Brown Farms

District Election

Candidates for District Board of Supervisors

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