Martin Luther Howell

Martin Luther Howell, 1882-1944, formerly of Seneca County, is most remembered for his work with the dairy industry. In 1939, he began promoting the concept of improving local herds by using a few selected bulls of known genetic superiority-with the then new methods of artificial insemination. This eventually led to the organization of NOBA, Inc., which he managed for the first three years. After World War I, he became the first County Agent in Henry County and in 1934, he transferred to the Seneca County Extension Office. There, he introduced hybrid corn and new strains of wheat and barley to the county farmers; helped develop local 4-H Clubs and spurred the formation of steer clubs and livestock judging teams; and helped to develop the Seneca County Horse Breeders Association.