OSU Extension Educator Andrew Holden may be new to the position but he is not new to farming or to Ashtabula County. The recent AEDE graduate was recently hired to replace David Marrison, who stepped down to accept an OSU Extension position in Coshocton County.
Holden grew up on his family’s dairy farm, studied agribusiness and applied economics at Ohio State and is now poised to help community members run successful agricultural operations.
“My main responsibility is to ensure community members connect to research from the university,” says Holden. “A farm is a business operation and you need tools and on-going education to be successful.”
Holden adds that the price of commodities and stress on the dairy industry has made farming in the area an even greater challenge.
Yet, Ashtabula County is agriculturally diverse and there has been a rise in the number of wineries and green house production in the area. With two weeks under his belt, Holden looks forward to putting his education to good use.
“Being able to come back home and work with my community to make a difference is a dream come true.”