Banquet recognizes Coffman with award

MARIETTA – A longtime farmer in Washington County was recognized at the 37th annual AgriBusiness Planning and Analysis banquet on April 3 at the Washington County Career Center Adult Technical Training.

APA coordinator Marty Clark presented Hugh Coffman with a plaque in appreciation for the 41 consecutive years he has served on the APA Advisory Committee.

Coffman, who spoke on “The History of Washington County Agriculture,” Coffman manages the family dairy farm in Washington County that was purchased in 1855 by his great grandfather, George W. Coffman.

The fifth generation in the Coffman family – David, Allen, and Mike – operate the current farm and are the seventh generation of Coffmans to farm in Washington County.

Coffman has been involved with agriculture all his life including teaching vocational agriculture, school administration, and active service on many agriculture related committees.

Superintendent Dennis Blatt welcomed the group to the Career Center and Levi Morrow from Ohio State University extension offered the invocation. Blatt said the importance of agriculture to Washington County and thanked the group for supporting Adult Programs at the Career Center.

Thirty businesses are enrolled in the APA program. Twenty-four of the participants submitted detailed financial and enterprise information for analysis. Organizations from the community supporting APA, Career Center staff and administration also attended.

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America has sponsored the annual event for 37 consecutive years. They were represented by Melinda Roberts, Michele Way, and Sara Bonnette from the Marietta office. Farm Credit donated food, drinks and supplies for the dinner that is served to 85 in attendance.

Other donations to the evening were received from Broughton Foods Co., Dairy Farmers of America, Farm Service Agency and individuals enrolled in the APA program.