James F. Cavanaugh
James F. Cavanaugh, Columbus, has served the agricultural industry in Ohio from the concrete floor of a holding pen to the carpeted floor of a CEO's office. From his early work at the Kansas State University dairy barn and creamery to the 1939 World's Fairy where he worked as Borden's Elsie herdsman, to the editorial staff of Hoard's Dairymen and finally, to the American Jersey Cattle Club headquarters, Jim Cavanaugh has left his imprint of excellence.
Cavanaugh began his leadership role in dairy herd improvement in 1947 where he adopted nontraditional roles to make Jersey dairying more profitable. He served as the executive secretary of the Jersey Breed Headquarters being labeled as the most visible and vocal proponent to support the Jersey breed in Ohio.
Cavanaugh was World Dairy Expo's Man of the Year in 1977.
Entered into the Dairy Science Hall of Service at OSU, he also received national recognition from the World Jersey Cattle Bureau in 1992 for his distinguished service to the breed.
Charles H. Ingraham, Columbus, was an agricultural economist
who served the industry as a livestock marketing specialist for
eight years and as a business management specialist for 15 years.
His teaching and motivation in 4-H, FFA and OSU, and to fellow
farmers and business employees have all demonstrated his
boundless energy and his 50 year commitment to academic
He is nationally known and respected for his work with
cooperative education. From organizing and speaking at numerous
seminars, teaching cooperative education at OSU to writing many
publications, he continued to extend Ohio's agricultural reach
nationally with his work for the National Council of Farmer
Cooperatives and the American Institute for Cooperatives.
Ingraham was chairman of the Agricultural Economics
Department Alumni committee and was the first recipient of the
Outstanding Agricultural Economics Faculty Award at OSU.
He has served his community as a participant in Civitan and
Kiwanis Club activities and was a 4-H club advisor and manager
of Camp Hervida.
Robert E. Jacobson
Robert E. Jacobson, Columbus, was a professor of dairy
marketing and policy at OSU where he served at the forefront of
dairy education for more than 30 years. He spread his knowledge
and love of education through international work at the National
Chung Hseng University in Taichung, Taiwan, and at the
University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, as a visiting professor in
1992-93. He authored a book Dairy Co-op Issues in Ireland based
on those experiences.
Jacobson has distinguished himself as a preeminent dairy
marketing specialist not only in Ohio, but throughout the country.
He was instrumental in numerous cooperative mergers and Federal
Order hearings that proved to have a strong impact on Ohio's dairy
He was recognized in 1964 for the U.S. Department of
Agricultural Superior Service Award and again in 1974 for the
American Agricultural Economics Association Published Research
Robert D. Scherer
Robert D. Scherer, Circleville, has been a strong advocator for
Ohio agriculture for more than 48 years. He began his career with
farming, teaching and working as a fieldman and Farm Bureau
organizational director before reaching chief operating officer and
executive vice president of Countrymark, Inc. He was responsible
for the consolidation of supply operations where he increased
market share before joining the National Cooperative Business
Association as president and CEO. He revived the organization to
serve as a major trade association for cooperatives.
Scherer's tremendous impact on Ohio agriculture earned him
the Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award at OSU in 1983
and the Central Ohio Executive of the Year Award in 1984. He
was also recognized in 1994 to earn the National Cooperatives
Scherer displays the lasting traits of dedication and
demonstrates it to his family, alma mater and the industry, He has
been instrumental in the formation of the Pheasant Forever of
Pickaway County, a wildlife conservation program and the
Pickaway County Farmer's Club.