Pasture-Raised Livestock and Pasture Consultant Farm Tour
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Bob Hendershot began his career with the Soil Conservation Service (later changed to the Natural Resources Conservation Service or NRCS) as a soil scientist mapping soils for the soil survey program in five Ohio counties. He was promoted to a Conservation Agronomist and he and his young family moved to Circleville. He later was promoted to Resource Conservationist and finally State Grassland Conservationist in 1985.
Bob presently lives on the same pasture farm that his family moved to 33 years ago, raising sheep and cattle. He and his late wife Connie have three grown children. After retiring from NRCS, he started Green Pasture Services, a pasture consulting service that sells forage seed and temporary fencing materials.
Hendershot has received many honors including being named the nation's Outstanding Pastureland Conservationist in 1999 and inducted into the Ohio State Conservationist's Hall of Fame in 1998. He was presented the NRCS Regional Grazing Lands Conservation award in 1996. He has been president of three state organizations: the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, the Ohio Association of Pedologist (soil scientists), and the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC). He received the American Sheep Industry Flock Guardian Award in 2006 for his work in grazing systems for sheep producers and was presented the 2010 Ohio Master Shepherd Award.
He was one of the founders of OFGC and still serves on the board of directors. He helped develop the Pasture for Profit grazing schools, the Forage for Horses, and the Equine Environmental and Liability Awareness Programs. Hendershot has also been presented the OFGC Bob Evans Leadership Award for being a "champion" of forages. He is a past president and life member of the American Forage and Grassland Council and represents the organization on the National Grazing Lands Coalition Committee.
This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.
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Circleville, OH 43113
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