Leadership Clinton’s Class of 2023 hit the road last week to learn about Clinton County’s most defining industry — agriculture.
The class toured Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, Nutrien Ag Solutions, the World Equestrian Center, Schappacher Farms, and the Wilmington College Academic Farm.
In addition, the class also heard from the Clinton Soil and Water Conservation District and the Clinton County Farm Bureau.
There was no better way to start off Ag Day than driving down a long lane, lined with trees, while watching the sun rise on Cherrybend Pheasant Farm.
Beth Ellis, owner/manager, led a great discussion about the history and roots of the pheasant farm dating back to 1954. In addition to their 600-acre hunting preserve, the Ellis family also operates a large corn, soybean and wheat farm in Clinton County. We are lucky to have this family-run business in our backyard.
The next tour was conducted at Nutrien Ag Solutions’ new facility on Gleason Road. This location, which is scheduled to be fully functional in 2023, will be a vital part to the ag community. Many farmers in the area rely on Nutrien for their agricultural solutions which include nutrients, crop protection products, seed, service and digital tools.
From here, the class experienced a unique tour of the World Equestrian Center. Adam Bray, Sponsorship Manager at WEC, gave the group a behind-the-scenes look at Ohio’s premier equestrian venue. This remarkable location plays host to horses and riders from all over the world. Wilmington’s best-kept secret is that these shows are open and free to the public!
The group then made the trip to Schappacher Farms where Butch Schappacher talked about the joys of running a successful fall destination hotspot for those in and around Wilmington. Butch plants six pumpkin patches that provide a variety of specialty pumpkins, gourds, and squash to choose from. With a free corn maze and hayride, this is a great place to experience a day on a Clinton County Farm.
The group’s last stop of the day concluded at Wilmington College. Here, they learned about Wilmington College’s robust agricultural program, and about how valuable that program is to Clinton County, and by extension, to the whole world. Young farmers are important, and a solid agricultural education is a key factor for the next generation to continue carrying the torch.
Leadership Clinton’s 35th class will meet again on Thursday, November 17 for “Modeling the Way Day.”