Bernie Scott tapped for Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 18 May 2013 08:08
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Bernie Scott. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bernard J. "Bernie" Scott, of Tontogany, was one of four people recently selected to be inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony to be held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center on Aug. 2. The 48th annual event will attract approximately 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio agriculture.
According to the release from the Ohio Agricultural Council, Scott has dedicated more than 37 years to the advancement of agriculture by teaching hundreds of students through agricultural education at Otsego High School.
"It's awesome," he said of the honor.
Scott added, "It is a little un-nerving for me to see my name mentioned and to soon be enshrined with names of people, that were once my agricultural heroes like Harold and Richard Anderson, Louis Bromfield, Bobby Moser, Earl Kantner, Jim Dugan, Ed Johnson, Bob Evans, and even A. B. Graham."
Despite all of Scott's achievements over the years, he is really not one to seek the spotlight, but it does seem to find him.
The announcement of his coming induction notes how he helped convert the agriscience curriculum into semester courses that were taught by subject matter. Always looking to the future, Scott and his FFA chapter constructed the FFA Time Capsule that was opened at the 75th FFA Convention.
Scott notes the interesting fact this is the 50th anniversary of the Vo. Ed. Act of 1963 which allowed more then farming to be taught. That was the legislation which allowed vocational education to grow.
The news release also noted how Scott also advised his students in the design and construction of the first "grain rescue tube" that was available for the public to use.
After retiring from teaching, he helped establish the Agricultural Incubator Foundation to facilitate research and educational activities for the advancement of the industry. Since the creation of this Foundation, numerous opportunities have been made available to residents with entrepreneurial ideas for food and agriculture.
Through the Ag Incubator, Scott also assisted in funding for the building of Penta Career Center, the largest high school building ever built in Ohio.
Scott says he shares this honor with Otsego, the Wood County community, and of course his wife, Jean and his entire family. "But for Otsego and Wood County ...," he stressed.
"They all deserve much or most of the credit and accolades for this Ohio Highest Agriculture honor," Scott said, adding he will be accepting "this wonderful seal of approval" on behalf of the entire community.
"We very much appreciate this noted celebration of school and community achievement for the few successes we have experienced and the overlooking of our several shortcomings," Scott said.
The four new inductees were collectively called, "visionary leaders in Ohio's agricultural community" in the release from the OAC. Joining Scott in the induction will be Shirley Dunlap Bowser of Williamsport, Louis M. "Mick" Colvin of West Salem and Doug White of Manchester.
"OAC is privileged to honor these four individuals who have made significant contributions to Ohio's number-one industry," said David Barrett, OAC president.  "We are proud to recognize this deserving class of hard-working professionals for their unwavering commitment to protecting and advancing Ohio's food and agriculture community, promoting agricultural education, and serving others in their local communities and beyond."
For further information about sponsorship in honor of the inductees, or to obtain tickets to the Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Ohio Agricultural Council at (614) 794-8970 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.ohioagcouncil.org
 

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