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THE BEACON 5-B www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com APRIL 4, 2018 Adams to start new position in July By Beth Scott beth@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON – Emily Adams and Jenny Strick- ler from OSU Extension Coshocton County met with Coshocton County Commissioners on Wednesday, March 28 to discuss updates to the OSU Extension staffi ng and the results of a recent survey that was mailed out to all Coshocton County citizens last September and distributed at various events, including the Coshocton County Fair and the fall foliage tour, through the month of October. Extension services are asked every fi ve years to complete a program review and needs as- sessment summary where residents were asked to respond to needed programs in extension services, their thoughts on current OSU Exten- sion programs, how they value or enjoy these programs, and also demographic data. “Th e survey looked at family and consumer science-related areas and looked at our budget and the needs in the community,” said Adams. “We also looked at current programing and feedback from the community on what pro- grams they participate in and what they valued about extension.” Adams said their goal was to get 500 people to respond and their fi nal number was 469. She said that 67 percent of people who responded lived outside of the city limits of Coshocton and demographic data showed that people from 21 zip codes responded. After reviewing results, it was decided to create a new position in the offi ce for a family and consumer science educator. Out of all the candidates interviewed, Adams was given the position, which she will begin on July 9. “I feel very fortunate to get to do this,” she said. “Th ere were a lot of well-qualifi ed candi- dates who applied for this. My degree is in food science, so I feel there’s more I can off er to the community with this new position.” Adams’ current position as the agriculture and natural resources educator is now open and will be changed to a part-time position. “Looking at the needs of the community, we feel this staffi ng will meet the educational needs of the community better,” said Adams. Adams also talked about some of the pro- grams off ered last year as part of OSU Exten- sion. Th e farm transitioning program in Feb- ruary discussed the future of farming and had 33 people present representing 21 farms. Some people attended from surrounding counties. Th ey also off ered a traditional pesticide and fertilizing training with 50 people in atten- dance. Adams announced that there are 200 private pesticide applicators in the county and close to 200 fertilizer applicators in the county. Th ere were about 20 programs off ered through OSU Extension in 2017. Ohio Ag Equipment receives recognition award BROADVIEW HEIGHTS - Ohio Ag Equipment, headquartered in Broad- view Heights, was recently recognized by AGCO Corporation for achieving a Five Star rating in its 2017 Dealer Excellence Program, AGCO’s annual dealer evaluation review. Ohio Ag Equipment was one of a small group of dealers across North America to achieve a Five Star rating in 2017. Andy Th ompson of AGCO Corporation presented Ohio Ag Equip- ment with a plaque as recognition for their accomplishments in the Dealer Excellence Program. “We are excited to earn this high honor and recognition from AGCO,” Mike Mampieri, general manager with Ohio Ag Equipment said. “I am proud working with such a dedicated and customer focused team. We work very hard to provide outstanding product support that our customers expect and deserve. Ohio Ag Equipment is proud to stand among an elite group of dealers across the U.S. and Canada.” Th e AGCO Dealer Excellence Program evaluates dealers’ perfor- mance in all areas of the business including sales, parts, service, mar- keting, training, fi nancial management and facilities with the ultimate goal of improving customer satisfaction. “Achieving a Five Star rating is diffi cult and a very small number of dealers achieve this high level of recognition each year,” says Bill Hurley, vice president aftersales, customer support and distribution development, North America for AGCO Corporation. “Ohio Ag Equipment is among a select group of AGCO dealers. We are proud of the commitment Ohio Ag Equipment has made to their customers and to AGCO. 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