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Names in the News for May 17, 2006
Frederick named support manager for Brock Grain Systems
MILFORD, Ind. — Roger Frederick has recently been named technical and sales support manager for Brock Grain Systems, according to Jim Barnes, sales manager for the CTB, Inc. business unit.

Frederick will be responsible for overseeing technical support training, installation and sales training programs for Brock’s grain conditioning equipment.

Frederick joined Brock in 1988 as a regional product sales manager. He has over 33 years experience in the grain industry. The last 18 years he has been responsible for the sales of Meyer® and Superb® Energy Miser® Grain Dryers.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wis., Frederick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management. A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Frederick now resides in Bloomington, Ill.

Brock Grain Systems is a part of CTB, Inc. Based in Milford, Ind., CTB is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of systems and solutions for the poultry, hog, egg production, and grain industries. For more information, visit or

Eschmeyer named new OFU governmental relations director
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Farmers Union recently announced it has named Jeff Eschmeyer as governmental relations director.

Eschmeyer, whose office will be in Columbus, will direct OFU’s legislative advocacy at the Statehouse and with state government leaders.

Prior to working with OFU, Eschmeyer served as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Mark Dayton of Minnesota, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He also worked for the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

A Shelby County native, Eschmeyer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the Northwestern University in Chicago. He and his wife, Deb, make their home in the German Village district of Columbus.

For more information, visit www.oh or call 888-610-4400.

CEO of Reinke Manufacturing retired as of May 1
DESHLER, Neb. — Ron Schardt, chairman and CEO of Reinke Mfg. Company, Inc., recently announced that he will be retiring from Reinke as of May 1. Schardt stated that he will be spending more time with his family as well as pursuing his other business interests.

Schardt graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1968. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and finance. He joined Reinke Manufacturing in 1977 and has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board since 1979. He was instrumental in overseeing the company’s domestic and international mechanized irrigation growth, as well as the launch and growth of the company’s trailer and chassis product lines during the last 29 years of the company’s history.

Bob Friehe, president, stated that Schardt’s contributions to the company over his tenure have been appreciated.

Doig to fill joint position with OSU and OCA
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association recently announced that Bill Doig has accepted the position of Beef Program Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University.

In this jointly funded position, Doig will be developing and implementing beef improvement programs on integrated management. A major emphasis will be placed on heifer development programs to benefit cow-calf operations in Ohio.

Doig received his bachelor’s of science in Animal Science from Purdue University. He received his master’s of Animal Science from the Univer-sity of Kentucky where he was the Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team coach. His master’s research area was ruminant nutrition. He was a 10-year 4-H member and has served as a 4-H club leader since 2000.

Doig will spend a majority of his time in the field working directly with Ohio’s beef producers, but will also maintain offices at both OSU and OCA. His first day as Beef Program Specialist will be May 15. For more information contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736.

This farm news was published in the May 17, 2006 issue of Farm World.