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There are four new members in the Fulton County Agriculture ‘hall of fame’ following a ceremony Monday night.   This was the 31st induction class, that included Chris Liechty,  Jeanne Johnson, Robert Frey, and Richard Henricks.

Chris Liechty was a pioneer in the large scale poultry business, where he founded a hatchery in downtown Wauseon in 1930.  That operation continued to produce eggs and chickens through the 1960’s.  During its peak, as many as 50,000 chicks were hatched per week.

Jeanne Johnson served Fulton County as fair-board secretary for 19 years.   During her tenure, the fair attendance would swell to over 243,000, keeping Jeanne in the office for up to 16 hours a day.  She was named fair supporter of the year in 2011.

Robert Frey supported Fulton County agriculture as an auctioneer at the junior fair auction, through real estate auctions, and at Yoder and Frey farm machinery auctions.  Yoder and Frey provided a marketplace for local and regional farmers to buy, sell and liquidate farm machinery.

And Richard Henricks was involved in the dairy breeding operation for over 40 years in Chesterfield Township.  His farm has been host to field trips for students, and FFA dairy judging.  For years, his dairy operation has utilized conservation tillage, and solid nutrient management practices.

            With these four new inductees; there are now 124 members in the Fulton County Agriculture ‘hall of fame’.


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