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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

This award program was developed in 2011 to honor the outstanding women in Ohio agriculture, with the first honorees named in 2012. Administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady, the program seeks nominations of women on the basis of their contributions to Ohio agriculture, leadership and advocacy in the agriculture community and significant impact on the agriculture industry as a whole.

2013 Nomination for Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards

The 2012 recipients were announced by the First Lady in a celebration at the Governor's Residence in Bexley, and their names were engraved on a plaque for permanent display at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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2012 Women of the Year Honoree

Amy Sigg Davis
2012 Women of the Year Honoree

Stephanie Jolliff
2012 Women of the Year Honoree

Karen Oberst
2012 Women of the Year Honoree

Bev Roe

Amy Sigg Davis
2012 Women of the Year Honoree


Amy has successfully managed her family farm since 1987, growing soybeans, corn and wheat, and is a licensed real estate broker specializing in farm brokerage. She is a member of the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Soybean Association and United Soybean Board. She is past president of both the Warren County Farm Bureau and the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a board member of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Music Festival Association.

Amy was instrumental in the development of the Ohio Soybean Council’s research program for new uses of soybeans, which has resulted in national awards and multiple patents. She has also worked to expand export opportunities to Japan, and played a pivotal role in the development of an Ohio trade office in China.

Stephanie Jolliff
2012 Women of the Year Honoree


Stephanie raises beef cattle, hogs and chickens on her family farm in Hardin County. As an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Ridgemont High School, Stephanie empowers her students to make a difference in the school, the community, and the world by creating innovative learning opportunities. She has secured more than $200,000 in grants to extend her agriculture education program and enhance student experiences.

Under Stephanie’s leadership, Ridgemont High School FFA was twice named the winner of the National Chapter Model of Innovation and Ohio’s top chapter. She has served on the Ohio FFA Board of Directors, Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators Executive Committee, Global Impact STEM Academy Governing Board, and is the Ridgemont Education Association President. She has also been named the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor of the Year.

Karen Oberst
2012 Women of the Year Honoree


Karen started her own commercial dairy farm in 2007, the first dairy start-up in Hancock County for more than 35 years. She promotes natural resources conservation and environmental stewardship on her farm. Karen was the first woman to serve on the board of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District. She has worked as a field environmental scientist for the Ohio EPA, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Findlay, and offered education programs at the Hancock Park and the Historic McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods Farmpark.

A public speaker and author of several published articles about her farm, Karen mentors University of Findlay pre-vet and animal science majors, mostly young women, through an internship program designed to teach about dairy farming.

Bev Roe
2012 Women of the Year Honoree


Bev operates Pedro’s Angus farm in Butler County, a seedstock operation which uses the latest technologies for genetics improvements, and previously operated Pedro’s Angus Steakhouse restaurant chain. Bev is a member of the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee, and served on the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Dedicated to Ohio agriculture, she hosted a media tour of her farm in 2011 and advocated the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board in 2009. Bev is a respected member of the beef industry, receiving the 2012 Beef Industry Excellence award from her peers.