Pictured from left to right:
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs,
Ohio Soybean Association Executive Director Jamie Butts,
Fred Yoder, and Ohio Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Natalie Lehner.

COLUMBUS -- Fred Yoder Farms, of Plain City, recently received the 2010 Ohio Corn Growers Association & Ohio Soybean Association's Environmental Stewardship Award at the Ohio Livestock Coalition's (OLC) 13th Annual Meeting. The annual award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio's land, air and water quality and conserve the state's natural resources.

"Fred Yoder Farms has raised grain for decades and has consistently demonstrated that their commitment to quality extends not only to the crops they raise, but also to the environmental practices they implement daily on the farm," said David White, OLC executive director. "The farm is an exemplary representation of the goals that the Coalition has for all Ohio farmers."

Fred Yoder Farms consists of 600 acres of corn, 800 acres of soybeans and 100 acres of wheat. The farm uses no-till technology to plant crops, which has substantially decreased the amount of energy used. In addition, Fred Yoder Farms has a nutrient management plan and has reduced the use of purchased nutrients as well as maintained a healthy, productive soil. Fred Yoder Farms is also very involved in their local community and serves on a variety of agriculture boards.