PUTNAM COUNTY — A Leipsic resident has been hired to serve as the new Putnam County OSU Agriculture Educator.
Scheckelhoff will begin her job this week at the office in Ottawa. She
will fill the position left vacant when former OSU Ag Educator Jim
Hoorman left in August to take a position as the NRCS Soil Health
Specialist for Ohio and Southern Michigan, located in Findlay.
has been an extension educator with Ohio State University since 2005
working extensively in northwest Ohio as well as with hydroponics
vegetable producers across the state.
“I have always had a passion
helping producers troubleshoot issues they are facing,’ Said
Scheckelhoff, “whether it be in developing viable business and marketing
plants, determining best management practices in the production of a
wide variety of crops, implementing pest management strategies and
navigating governmental regulations.”
An Ohio native, Scheckelhoff
was born in Dayton, but raised in Arlington, Texas. Most of her
extended family lives in Sidney and Mercer County.
attended the University of Arkansas where she majored in horticulture
and focused on agricultural business. She then moved on to Michigan
State University to pursue her Master’s and Ph.D in Floriculture
“Much of my work was in helping the greenhouse
ornament industry learn the techniques to propagate, grow and flower
herbaceous perennial plants for retail markets,” Scheckelhoff said. “I
worked as a technician for MSU’s Horticulture Department for several
years, coordinating both research projects and extension programs.”
has resided in Leipsic since 2010 and said she is very much looking
forward to assisting folks in Putnam County with their agricultural and
natural resource needs.
“Putnam County has a large agricultural
bases with 98 percent of the land in agriculture,” she said. “I think
there is a great opportunity in this county to continue to advance
agriculture productivity and bring new ideas and market opportunities to
Scheckelhoff said she is especially interested in
working with local farms ti implement best management practices,
provide farm management training, women in agriculture programs and
specialty crop resources.
“There are numerous opportunities to
reach clientele with regard to homeowner yard and garden issues,
involving youth in agriculture, expansion of the Master Gardener program
and other areas,” she said. “I’m excited to meet and learn about other
potential partners in the community that have a vest interest in
promoting excellence in agriculture here and abroad.”
Scheckelhoff said she welcomes residents to contact her at the office in Ottawa with questions or concerns they may have.
am also interested in hearing ideas and suggestions for programs and
information they feel would benefit this area,” she said. “In the near
future, our office will develop a consistent means to communicate
agriculture and homeowner topics to the community.”