The Ohio Agricultural Council recently announced 2016 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees, including J. Richard (Dick) Isler of Delaware.
Isler and three others will be inducted as the 51st class on Friday, Aug. 5, during a breakfast ceremony at the Ohio Expo Center.
“Our board is extraordinarily pleased to be honoring such an outstanding group of inductees into this year’s class,” said Jim Chakeres, council president. “Each inductee stands out individually for his exceptional contributions to Ohio agriculture, but together they represent the passion, creativity and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience.”
Born and raised on a livestock farm, Isler has devoted his entire career in service to Ohio agriculture, according to council officials. For more than 40 years, Isler served as the executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council. Under his leadership, the Ohio Pork Council was considered by many as one of the top state pork associations in the country. Farmers, 4-H, processors, marketers, elected officials, researchers, fair managers and consumers have all benefited from Isler’s commitment and leadership to agriculture with an emphasis on swine.
Isler has received many awards and recognitions, including the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame, Animal Sciences Department Hall of Fame, and the National Pork Producers Council Executive Professional Award.
Other inductees are John C. (Jack) Fisher of Columbus, Dr. Keith Smith of Hilliard and Timothy White of Lancaster.
Induction will take place in the Cardinal Hall on the fairgrounds, which will feature an expanded Hall of Fame display and salute to Ohio’s agriculture community. The following four inductees will join 217 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program began.
The annual event is expected to attract 500 guests.
For more information, contact the Ohio Ag Council at 614-794-8970 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for this story was provided by the Ohio Agricultural Council.