Pictured from left to right:
OLC Executive Director David White, Kyle Brown, Randy Brown,
Tom Brown, and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Center for Food and Animal Issues Vice President Mike Bumgarner.

Maken Bacon Farm, of Nevada, Ohio, recently received the 2010 Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (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. Maken Bacon Farm is the recipient of the 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, Maken Bacon Farm was chosen because they continually seek to go above and beyond what's expected of them."

Nominated by the Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC), Maken Bacon Farm is committed to being a responsible hog farmer and a leader in the local community. The farm is respectful of their neighbors and makes it a priority to keep their farm looking clean and presentable at all times. In addition, the farm avoids hauling manure on weekends and holidays to reduce odors when neighbors are home.

Maken Bacon Farm also is very active in their local community. The farm has participated in Operation Main Street, which is a National Pork Board program to encourage hog farmers to tell the industry's story of innovation, quality and stewardship to civic groups and community leaders. Additionally, Maken Bacon Farm routinely hosts open houses and tours to educate legislators and neighbors. The farm also donates pork and sausage to churches and school events each year. For the past year, the farm has also donated hogs to OPPC's statewide effort, Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Ohio, which hopes to donate 500,000 meals to foodbanks across the state by October 31, 2010.

In addition to Maken Bacon Farm, Don Diefendorff of Seville was the recipient of the non-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.