Michael L. Wagner

A 1958 graduate of Fairfield High School, Michael L. Wagner has earned local, state, national and international recognition for advocacy for agriculture, especially for the corn industry for more than 40 years.

Studying agricultural economics and animal science at The Ohio State University, Wagner earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. He began his career as an organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and later worked for the Illinois Farm Bureau where he managed the Dairy' Marketing Program and helped develop the Illinois Corn Growers Association as a statewide checkoff organization.

After a brief time with the Florida Farm Bureau. Wagner returned to Ohio to manage the Ohio Corn Growers Association. Before retiring in 2005, the organization had grown to more the 2,000 members. Under his leadership, the corn growers planned and directed the successful creation of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program in 1989, With Wagner's guidance, the OCMP has invested more than $20 million in projects and program in education, market development, promotion and research to increase corn usage in Ohio and nationally,

As chair of Governor Taft's Biofuels and Renewable Energy Task Force, Wagner oversaw an effort to bring more alternative energy to Ohio, working to champion the use and manufacturer of ethanol in Ohio, Wagner has served on and been honored by a wide variety of corn and grain industry boards and initiatives throughout his career.

Wagner has two children, Michael and Amanda, and he and his wife Carolyn live in Marion,