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File. Ohio State University Extension Agent Alan Sundermeier.

Wood County’s longtime extension educator and contributor to the Sentinel-Tribune has been awarded an Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association service award.

Alan Sundermeier is a Wood County extension educator and program leader in the Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, based in Bowling Green.

The service award recognizes outstanding service in support of sustainable agriculture, and the Advocate of the Year Award recognizes exceptional contributions to sustainable agriculture policy advocacy. The awards, which also includes stewardship, are announced each year as part of OEFFA’s annual conference.

Sundermeier specializes in sustainable agriculture, including cover crops, soil quality, organic grain production, and tillage. He has provided strong support for organic agriculture within OSU and has worked closely with organic farmers throughout his career.

He regularly attends and presents at OEFFA’s annual conference, offers trainings for organic farmers, and is active with OEFFA’s Grain Growers Chapter. He has conducted extensive research on the certified organic land at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research Agriculture Incubator Foundation in Northwest Ohio.

He is a certified crop adviser with the American Society of Agronomy, a former co-coordinator for Ohio’s SARE program, and a contributor to the Sentinel-Tribune, Farms.com, Ohio’s Country Journal, Ohio Ag Net, Corn and Soybean Digest, Ag Fax and No-Till Farmer.

David Bell of Logan County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community.

The announcements were made Feb. 14-15 in Dayton as part of OEFFA’s 41st annual conference, A Climate for Change.

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