Andrew L. Stevens

Andrew L. Stevens, Ostrander, Ohio,has devoted nearly a half-century of service to Ohio's agriculture industry, including almost three decades in editorial positions with Ohio Farmer. In 1992, he founded American Small Farm magazine.  His journalism career is just one element of his service to farming. Stevens also has served as a dairy farmer, a vocational education teacher and an instructor for the Farm Business Planning Association.

A tireless advocate for small farmers, he has encouraged the establishment of small farm centers at key agriculture events like the Farm Science Review and the Sunbelt Expo in Georgia. He has tackled issues that affect all farmers at the grassroots level and has been a strong editorial voice guiding farmers to become involved in issues that are crucial to agriculture.

A leading breeder of Ayrshire cattle, he has been president of the Ohio Ayrshire Breeders Association and was instrumental in the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders' Association moving to Ohio. He is a life member of the Dairy Shrine and the National Dairy Cattle Association.

He has held volunteer leadership positions with countless agriculture trade associations and commodity groups including serving as president of the Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio FFA Foundation, FFA Alumni and the Ohio Agricultural Marketing Forum.

He has received many state and national awards in journalism, agriculture and community service, including the Oscar in Agriculture for agriculture writing and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Soil and Water Conservation Society. 

He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of three children, Terry, Brian and Michelle.