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Meet Ohio Direct Marketing Team Members

The Ohio Direct Marketing team includes core members who help set direction, affiliate members who contribute to specific projects, and informational members who want to contribute and receive information. Team members represent various colleges and universities; industry associations; and other groups who influence direct marketing in Ohio. 

Advancing direct marketing in Ohio involves a variety of facilitators and community leaders.  The Direct Marketing team provides resources to support those who provide leadership and assistance to connect consumers, producers, markets, and communities.

The word "facilitator" includes individuals representing organizations that support small farmers and farmer direct marketing.  This term (facilitators) was used in  USDA's publication, Direct Marketing Today Challenges and Opportunities, to refer to representatives from state agriculture departments, state and county Extension specialists, and nongovernmental groups with a variety of relevant interests.

Ohio Direct Marketing Team Members

Emily Adams

Core Member

Extension Educator
Ag and Natural Resources, County Director
OSU Extension Coshocton County
740-622-2265

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Cottage Foods
  • Farm & Farmers' Markets
  • Farm-based Food Businesses
  • MarketReady
Emily Adams

Eric Barrett

Core Member

Extension Educator
Ag and Natural Resources
OSU Extension Mahoning County
330-533-5538

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Branding the Farm
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers' Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • MarketMaker
  • Market Ready
  • Merchandising
  • Mobile/Social Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Agriculture
Eric Barrett

Brad Bergefurd

Affiliate Member

Extension Educator
Ag and Natural Resources and
State Horticulture Specialist
OSU South Centers, Piketon
740-289-2071 Ext. 136

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • CSA's
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • MarketReady
  • Social/Mobile Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Agriculture
Brad Bergefurd

Christy Eckstein

Affiliate Member

Executive Director
Ohio Grape Industries Committee
614-728-6438

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • MarketReady (Wineries)
 

Rob Leeds

Core Member

Extension Educator
Ag & Natural Resources, Director,
OSU Extension, Delaware Co.
740-833-2030

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • MarketReady
  • Social/Mobile Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Ag
Rob Leeds

Lori Panda

Affiliate Member

Senior Program Manager
Ohio Proud & Specialty Crop Block Grant Programs
Ohio Department of Agriculture
614-466-8798

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • MarketReady
  • Meet the Buyers
 

Eric Pawlowski

Affiliate Member

Sustainable Agriculture Educator
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
614-421-2022 Ext. 209

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • CSAs
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Urban Food & Ag
 

Rebecca Singer

Affiliate Member

Vice President
Director of Ag Programs
Center for Innovative Food Technology
419-535-6000 Ext. 109

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • CSAs
  • Marketing Plans
  • MarketMaker
  • MarketReady
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Merchandising
  • Marketing Research
  • Start-up Food Business
  • Urban Food and Ag
Rebecca Singer

Christie Welch

Affiliate Member

Program Manager
Ohio Cooperative Development Center
OSU South Centers
740-289-2071 Ext. 234

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Farm & Farmers Markets
Christie Welch