Joe Cornely

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For more than 40 years, Joe Cornely has dedicated his time to improving the agriculture industry through communication - cementing his name as a true guide and trusted news source for Ohio agriculture. Joe began his communication career at WKTN in Hardin County, serving local farmers through his broadcast. He later joined the WRFD radio stations, developing the station's 90-minute mid-day farm program that reached 80 Ohio counties.

In 1998, Cornely was hired as the director of media relations at the Ohio Farm Bureau. As the voice of OFB for more than 20 years, he made numerous contributions to the organization: helping to create the Our Ohio magazine, developing the radio program Town Hall Ohio, and launching OFB's social media accounts. Cornely retired from OFBF in 2019, leaving a legacy that will last for years to come.

Cornely has been recognized at both the state and national level. He has twice been awarded the Ohio Farm Bureau agricultural communicator award - the only two-time recipient of the award. He was chosen by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture John Block to accompany the U.S. Delegation to the European Union Economic Summit. Cornely was president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in 1995 and was voted the National Farm Broadcaster of the Year by his peers in 1996.