Feeding Farmers in the Field 2014

Dale Minyo and Bart Johnson originate the midday broadcast from their
trailer while farmer Ryan Lee and AgriGold representative Dave Kress listen.

The 2014 edition kicked off May 28 in Union County, OH, courtesy of Ohio Ag Net and AgriGold.  Lee Farms was this spring’s first farm to be selected. The 1,000-acre corn and soybean operation was provided lunch and joined by staff of the Ohio Ag Net and AgriGold Hybrids. Dale Minyo (Ohio Ag Net, Columbus, OH) did his midday broadcast from the farm.

Also, the broadcast included interviews with brothers, Ryan and Greg Lee, each heavily involved in the farm operation.  Ohio Ag Net and AgriGold will be going out to the fields three more times in the coming weeks, joining Ohio farmers to give them lunch and to broadcast from their locations. Interested farmers apply by going to  www.OhioAgNet.com for a chance to be selected as one of this spring’s Feeding Farmers in the Field locations. Joining Dale in covering this first farm visit was intern reporter Joel Penhorwood (Ohio Ag Net).  Joel said the brothers commented on the lengthy planting season and their efforts to get seed into the ground. Like many Ohio farmers, they say weather on May 9-10 really set them back. They are challenged with planting previously worked fields along with some untouched ground. Cold rain combined with standing water and low soil temperatures have been the Lee’s biggest enemy this spring, stunting growth and forcing some replanting.  Joel joined Greg Lee in the fields to get a planting update. You can watch Joel’s cab cam video by going to https: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=yO2-1fP4WZ0.

Ohio Ag Net’s parent company Agri Communicators was founded by the late Ed Johnson in 1972, to serve Ohio farm families, and is currently owned and operated by Johnson’s son, Bart. Agri Communicators Inc. founded ABN Radio and TV. It produced daily radio reports for the ABN Radio Network and the weekly television show Agri Country. Currently, Agri Communicators publishes Ohio’s Country Journal, the only farm newspaper dedicated exclusively to Ohio.
Bart Johnson has been with the company since 1984 when he started working part time in the radio studio while in college.  Holding many positions and responsibilities over the years, he took over ownership of the company after his father Ed Johnson passed away in 2001. Bart is the publisher of Ohio’s Country Journal and oversees the daily operation of the Ohio Ag Net.  Bart and his wife, Sheryl, have four children and reside on a farm in southwest Delaware County where Bart farms and is also a township trustee for Concord Township.
Bart JohnsonDale Minyo is a farm broadcaster for the Ohio Ag Net serving as the anchor for the morning and midday broadcast. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Economics. Dale’s career in radio began in sales, and then in 1995, he joined the broadcast team working alongside Ed Johnson.  Except for a five-year stretch working for Clear Channel Radio, he has worked for the Johnson Family and Agri Communicators.  Dale lives in Morrow County with his wife, Cynthia, and sons, Kyle and Ryan.