Don Diefendorff, right, received the OLC Neighbor of the Year Award.

COLUMBUS -- Don Diefendorff, of Seville, recently received the 2010 Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) Neighbor of the Year Award at OLC's 13th Annual Meeting. The annual award recognizes two rural residents -- one farmer and one non-farmer -- who have positively developed and enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio's farm communities. Diefendorff is the recipient of the non-farmer award.

"Being a good neighbor means being responsible, courteous and respectful of others," said David White, OLC executive director. "While there were many solid nominations this year, Don was chosen because of his tireless efforts to educate neighbors about the farming community."

Through the years, Diefendorff has assisted neighbors with landscaping projects to increase property values in the community. In addition, he regularly picks up litter from the roadways to keep the community looking neat and clean.

Diefendorff devotes time to assist nearby farmers with outside chores. He has also helped with many group farm tours and makes it a priority to educate suburban neighbors about modern agriculture practices.

In addition to Diefendorff, Maken Bacon Farm of Nevada, Ohio, was the recipient of the farmer Neighbor of the Year award. Both recipients received a plaque and a $250 cash donation to an organization of their choice courtesy of OLC and OFBF.