Larry Vance

Before his 2002 retirement, Larry Vance had served five directors of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and four governors of Ohio during his tenure as Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation. His contributions to Ohio's agriculture industry have focused on his soil and water conservation capacity building, and he has been a tireless advocate for local self-government and active engagement of Ohio's 88 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and their 440 elected District Supervisors.

With previous inductee Andrew Stevens, Vance helped found the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award program at Farm Science Review nearly 25 years ago. A true visionary, Vance recognized that Ohio's farmers needed to be honored for their stewardship and encouraged to preserve and protect the state's natural resources. He was an avid supporter of conservation tillage on Ohio farms, which led to significant adoption of this practice by Ohio's farm community. Vance also shared his respect for the state's natural resources with young Ohioans through his devoted volunteerism with 4-H and FFA.

He has served in leadership positions for the National Association of State Conservation Districts and has received their Distinguished and Professional Service awards. He's also received the Career Conservation award from the Natural Resources Conservation Service-USDA, the Distinctive Service to Agriculture award from the Ohio Farm Bureau and has been inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame.

He's a charter member of the Tree and Landscape Commission for the City of Dublin, as well as donated masonry restoration labor to many historic projects.

Larry resides with his wife Marian in Springfield. They are the parents of three children.