Licking County Agricultural HOF celebrates new inductees

Four new Licking County Agricultural Hall of Fame members were celebrated at Ohio State’s Newark campus on Friday, March 18.

The OSU Extension typically host a ceremony every year in honor of new inductees, but pandemic complications prevented them from doing so in each of the past two years. Thus, this year’s event commemorated the farmers chosen in 2022, 2021, and 2020: Tim Shipley (2022), Fred Hendren (2021), Jim Kiracofe (2021), and Phil Watts (2020).

The late Shipley headed dairy and grain producer Shipley Farms in Newark, where his family continues to care for 500 cows and farm for corn, beans, wheat, and alfalfa. They take pride in being environmentally-friendly.

“The farm practices good conservation by utilizing no-till planting, cover crops, and manure management,” said a representative for the Licking County Agrarian Club, the group that nominated Shipley for Hall of Fame induction.

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A “strong advocate for agricultural education,” Shipley hosted farm tours for field–tripping schoolchildren and worked with Denison University environmental science students. In addition, he took on leadership roles within the local farming community, having spent tenures as president of both the Licking County Dairy Directors and the Licking County Agrology/Agrarian club.

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