LIMA — The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce inducted Robert W. Core and Barrett D. Feigh Sr. into the Allen County Agriculture Hall of Fame Thursday night in a special dinner at the City Club in Lima.
“Both of them have done significant things in the agribusiness community. Both are involved in the farming aspects as well as some other aspects personally as far as what they’ve gotten involved in. The committee that selected them went through a rigorous process to determine not only the agribusiness that they’ve done but what else have they done to make a difference in the community,” said Jed Metzger, president and CEO of the chamber.
“Our goal with the Hall of Fame is to annually recognize local agriculturalists that have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Allen County, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field,” said Beth Seibert, chair of the chamber’s agri-business committee.
Core is a retired farmer and agricultural teacher who has resided in Allen County for over 67 years. He is a fifth-generation owner-operator of an Ohio Department of Agriculture certified century and sesquicentennial Farm near Spencerville.
Core’s 25-year career as a vocational agriculture teacher, FFA adviser and Young Farmer Association adviser began in 1962 at Shawnee High School. From 1979 to 1999 he served those same roles at Spencerville High School.
“Oh, it’s very nice. I think there’s a lot of people who deserve it, maybe more than I do, so I was surprised by it,” said Core.
Feigh is a retired farmer who still resides on the farm near Hume that his father purchased in 1942. Feigh’s grain farm acreage expanded over time to a quite considerable operation. He admits that two important keys to his success have been to surround himself with innovative farmers who would assist and challenge one another, and to continually educate himself on all facets of crop production so he could improve his proficiency and keep up with a rapidly advancing industry.
He and other area farmers developed a buying group which enabled them advantages of buying equipment and supplies. He and this group would work with Ohio State University Extension to provide agronomic test plots, herbicide application formulas, seed and chemical rates and operational methods.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.