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Farm Tour 2008: A Success

On Thursday, July 17, 2008 40+ participants boarded the bus for a tour of rural Van Wert County, Ohio. Stops included: Pure Line Elevator, Hempfling Dairy Farm, Bockey Conservation Area, D&D Ingredient Distributors, Oberlitner Wetlands, and Agracola Farms. Here’s a breakdown of the stops:

  • Pure Line: A grain elevator in Middlepoint, Ohio
  • Hempfling Dairy Farm: A working dairy farm between Middlepoint and Delphos, Ohio
  • Bockey Conservation Area: Owned by Steve and Joan Bockey, this is a wetland mitigation project
  • D&D Ingredient Distributors: Primarily a transloader for feed, they also have vitamins, minerals, fertilizers, clay, etc. etc. A very cool place to visit if you are ‘in’ to agriculture like I am
  • Oberlitner Wetlands: A wet farm converted to a wetland
  • Agracola Farms: Dale and Trent Profit provided the group with a detailed overview of farming through the eyes of top grain farmers

The planning committee hasn’t made plans for 2009, but we’re definitely going to do something. Send your suggestions to me at or post a comment to this post.

Chuck Hempfling, second from left, gives a verbal discussion of dairy farming prior to the walking tour of his dairy farm.

July 21, 2008 at 7:00 am

National Public Radio — Popcorn Story

National Public Radio aired the popcorn story today on All Things Considered. I had a vested interest in this story, since I worked with Andrea Hsu to arrange the interview with Charles and Dale Profit as well as giving her background information on popcorn and the contact for Weaver Popcorn. It was great to meet Ms. Hsu and Mr. Robert Siegel in person; they are both very nice people. I am amazed at how much work Ms. Hsu and Mr. Siegel put into the story for a 10-minute on-air piece. They spent nearly two hours interviewing the Profits, not to mention the time they spent interviewing the movie theater owner, Will Weaver, and Chris Hurt.

You can hear NPR’s popcorn story here:

My original post on the interview:

July 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm

National Public Radio in Van Wert

On Monday, July 7, 2008, I had the pleasure of participating in an interview between National Public Radio (NPR) and Agracola Farms. This was a great experience!

Andrea Hsu, producer of NPR’s All Things Considered, contacted Ohio State University’s Corn Specialist, Dr. Peter Thomison, in late June asking for some information on popcorn. Dr. Thomison deferred Ms. Hsu to me, primarily because the area I am based (Van Wert County) is the largest popcorn producing area in the state of Ohio, and one of the largest popcorn producing areas in the U.S.

Robert Siegel, senior host of All Things Considered, spent nearly two hours interviewing Charles and Dale Profit. Charles, Dale and Dale’s son Trent co-manage Agracola Farms, Inc. The Profit’s are one of the most progressive, innovative and respected farm families in Ohio, let alone Van Wert County. Charles and Dale have been successfully growing popcorn for two decades, and know a thing or two about the popcorn industry. The interview focused primarily on the economics of raising popcorn from the farmer point of view, and the subsequent effect of the economy on the agriculture industry.

Following the interview with the Profits, Mr. Siegel and Ms. Hsu interviewed the local movie theater owner about popcorn in the movie theater business. On Tuesday, Siegel and Hsu wrapped up their popcorn trip with a tour of Weaver Popcorn in Van Buren, Indiana. Weaver Popcorn is one of two large popcorn contracting companies in Van Wert County (ConAgra being the other) and is known for the Pop Weaver brand of popcorn.

NPR Interview

From l to r: Robert Siegel, Andrea Hsu, Dale Profit (back to camera), and Charles Profit

Dale Profit being interviewed by Robert Siegel with Andrea Hsu producing

Dale Profit (center) being interviewed by Robert Siegel with production by Andrea Hsu. The interview is taking place in a field of Weaver popcorn.

Post interview discussion

The group enjoys some post-interview conversation. Mr. Siegel discussed what it was like to be in Chengdu, China when the earthquake hit in May, 2008.

July 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm


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