McGlinch draws from past, looks to future
VERSAILLES — For Ohio Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture winner Greg McGlinch, 32, of Versailles, a passion for agriculture comes pretty naturally.
“I’m the fifth generation of our family on the farm, so you might say it’s just tradition,” said McGlinch. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and something I want to share with our kids. I also want to do what I can to let everyone know what’s going on in agriculture.”
The award, which McGlinch won at the recent Ohio Farm Bureau Convention, recognizes successful individuals, 35 or younger, who are involved in production agriculture, but for whom farming is not their primary occupation. The Excellence in Agriculture Program, which is sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, recognizes farm involvement as well as participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations. McGlinch will compete with other state winners for national honors at the American Farm Bureau Federation National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. that begins Jan. 13. For winning the Ohio award, McGlinch received a John Deere Gator, compliments of Farm Credit.
McGlinch is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural education. In his position as a manure
and nutrient management/urban technician with the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District, he works with livestock producers and crop farmers to develop best practices on their operations. Increasingly his role includes educating them about emerging conservation practices, such as cover crops. He also advises municipalities on storm water management and related practices. McGlinch is currently working on a master’s degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University.
In addition to his SWCD responsibilities, McGlinch and his wife Janet farm with his parents, Gary and Sharon McGlinch. The farm produces corn, soybeans, wheat, rye and clover, but McGlinch also uses the farm as a laboratory of sorts to try different cover crops and conservation practices. This helps him in his SWCD responsibilities to be able to assist other farmers from his own firsthand experience.
In addition, McGlinch raises hogs for freezer pork, as well as chickens and eggs for local customers, and uses the opportunity to teach non-farm customers who like to buy local about today’s agriculture.
“It brings people closer to the farm, and we tell them what we’re doing on our operation, explain how we use GPS and other technologies, and even give an occasional tractor ride,” he said. “It really helps them connect with agriculture.”
McGlinch has been active in a number of community activities, Farm Bureau being primary, where he has been a board member.
“Farm Bureau has been a real help to me,” he said. “As a result of Farm Bureau, I have a network of contacts across Ohio and the nation, which is a great resource to me in my work.”
Angie Otte is a financial services officer with Farm Credit’s Versailles office, and she said that she and McGlinch frequently find themselves at the same farm events, with McGlinch working the soil and water aspects, and she, ag financial services.
“Greg is very deserving of winning this award for excellence,” she said. “He’s a great resource to farmers in this community.”
While McGlinch has a passion for agriculture, conservation and educating others—both in and outside of agriculture—he has some significant other reasons for the things he does.
“We do a lot of conservation practices on our farm, and part of that is because that I want to protect our resources for future generations,” he said. “I want to leave our farm in better shape than we found it so that our kids (he and Janet just had their fourth child) can look forward to a good future.”