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An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in Ohio agriculture, featuring local Agricultural and Business Banker Susan Gearhart, will be displayed at this year's Farm Science Review September 16-18 in London, Ohio.

Ohio State University Extension educators across the state of Ohio, the outreach arm of OSU's College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, were asked to nominate women for the display, which will be housed in the Firebaugh Building of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center at this year's Review. Gearhart was selected as the representative from Ross County by educator Chris Bruynis.

"I feel honored to have been chosen as a face of agriculture," said Gearhart. "I hope my experiences demonstrate to women of all ages that they can play an active role in providing food for the world, whether as an active producer or through one of the many businesses and industries that support agriculture. Sometimes the challenges of life may force us to change paths, but we can always find ways to express our passion for agriculture and stay involved."

In an ever-changing farming industry and to honor Extension's 100th anniversary, educators wanted to showcase the variety of roles women play in agriculture, whether in urban or rural communities.

"Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the United States," said Gigi Neal OSU Extension agriculture educator for Clermont County and co-leader of OSU Extension's Ohio Women in Agriculture team.

Having spent the first half of her life in production agriculture (dairy and grain), Gearhart is recognized for her work supporting the farming community as an agricultural and agribusiness lender, and for taking an active role in agricultural education programs in the community, especially Annie's Project, a workshop series geared towards farm women.

"We want to recognize the women who are often the backbone of agriculture across the sate of Ohio. They're really the foundation for so many things that happen in agriculture, and we want to help people recognize that," said Bruynis.

Farm Science Review is known nationally as Ohio's premier agricultural event. It annually draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts. An estimated 620 exhibitors with some 4,000 product lines will set up shop at the three-day show, organizers said. More information can be found at



CrossFit Chillicothe will be holding an Open House & Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, October 1st from 5PM to 7PM. During the Open House you will get to see an actual class taking place in the CrossFit gym. Ryan Porter, Adrienne Baker , and Brent Hoover will be available for demonstrations as well. This gym is unlike what you are used to seeing when you think of working out. There are no treadmills, no bicycles, and no stair climbers. Their equipment consists of ropes, weights, kettle bells, and tractor tires. Come and see how you work out at this gym!

Our very own Chamber employee, Bobbi Kellough, has been working out at the CrossFit Chillicothe gym and is very excited that they offer unique times for classes. Bobbi goes to class at 5AM!!! Make sure you stop in at the CrossFit Chillicothe gym located at 227 Renick Ave to check things out. Lite refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!!!



Business After Business
The third Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m., chamber members and their guests gather at a member's location to unwind for the day, learn more about the host and catch up on the latest local news and events and meet the chamber's newest members. Appetizers and beverages are always available and door prizes go to those holding the winning tickets. Here is the list of sponsors for upcoming BABs:

January 15: Chillicothe Fitness & Racquet Club
February 19: Carnes Realty, Chicago Title of Ross County at co-host Triple Crown Sports
March 19: Midwest Motoplex, Shawnee Square
April 16: Stillwater Event & Conference Centre
May 21: Quality Inn
June 18: LCNB in West Main Street location
July 16: Shawnee Lanes
August 20: Glatfelter at Adena Mansion & Gardens
September 17: WSSR and TSHD Architects at The Pump House
October 15: Chillicothe Jaycees Golf Course
November 19: Chamber Business Expo/BAB
December 17: The Reserves Network


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