John Stevenson

Circleville native, John Stevenson graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in agriculture in 1955. An innovative farmer in Pickaway County, Stevenson was a pioneer in reduced tillage corn, and built and operated Ohio's first commercial ethanol plant on his farm. He founded the Ohio Corn Growers Association and served as its first president and went on to be the president of the National Corn Growers Association. Stevenson served as the state executive director of the Agricultural Conservation and Stabilization Service and went on to be the associate administrator in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Ohio, he became the first agricultural specialist with the Ohio EPA working on livestock and drainage issues. He developed the Ohio Livestock Industry Task Force, which today is the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

Stevenson has served as President of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Circleville Chamber of Commerce and is a founder of the Premium Agricultural Commodities. He was vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade Agricultural Advisory Committee, South Central Power Rural Electric and the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation.

Currently serving as a Pickaway County Commissioner, Stevenson is widely recognized as a progressive farmer, effective leader and respected statesman. He and his wife Linda live in rural Pickaway County.