By 1808Delaware; Ohio Corn & Wheat

Ohio Corn & Wheat, based in Delaware, has hired two individuals to fill key positions.

Wendy Osborn is the new Director of Market Development.

In the position, Osborn will serve on the OCW leadership team. In this role, she will administer programs to maintain and expand both domestic and international markets for Ohio corn and small grains. She will also be responsible for administration of OCW’s market development for livestock,  oversight of the organization’s transportation initiatives and development of relationship efforts with first purchasers of corn and wheat.

Osborn is an experienced industry leader with a breadth of knowledge in agricultural business and finance. Previously, she spent 20 years with Farm Credit Mid-America in various roles, most recently serving as senior vice president of commercial agriculture.

“We are continually looking for market retention and expansion opportunities in the best interest of our Ohio Corn & Wheat grower-members,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCW. “Wendy has the professionalism, industry knowledge and relationship-building skills needed to further advance our market development work.”

Osborn co-owns Osborn Farms with her husband Jake, where they farm row crops, produce hay and buy and sell show cattle. She is an active member of the Ohio agricultural community and has volunteer experience with Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, 4-H and FFA. She received her B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and her M.B.A. from Ohio University.

“One of the most crucial functions of Ohio Corn & Wheat as an organization is making sure that corn and small grain growers have a seat at the table wherever new markets and growth opportunities are available,” said Osborn. “Agriculture is a part of my family and professional life, and I’m thrilled to give back by serving on the OCW leadership team.”

Meanwhile, Ohio Corn & Wheat’s new Manager of Communications is Jessy Woodworth.

As manager of communications, Woodworth will work closely with OCW’s director of marketing and communications, Marlene Eick, in implementing the organization’s communications initiatives. Her responsibilities will include capturing onsite photo and video content, managing OCW’s social media channels and overseeing communication campaigns on behalf of Ohio’s corn and small grains community.

Woodworth is a well-rounded communications professional with experience in internal and external marketing campaigns, social media, photography and writing. She joins the team following her time as a communication specialist for Madison Township in Franklin County, Ohio. Woodworth is also a contributing writer to AGDAILY.com.

“It takes a knowledgeable, creative individual to tell the story of Ohio’s corn and small grain producers,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCW. “Jessy is a great fit for that task, and we look forward to having her communications expertise on the Ohio Corn & Wheat staff.”

Woodworth graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU), majoring in agricultural communication and minoring in animal sciences. While at OSU, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Upsilon sorority, earned her American FFA Degree and received a Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement certification.

“Being able to combine my passion for agriculture and my experience in writing, photography and communication is truly a dream come true,” said Woodworth. “I’m honored to join the Ohio Corn & Wheat team, and I look forward to sharing corn and grain producers’ stories in this role.”

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