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Why Ohio's cheesemakers came to Yellow Springs this week

Members of the Ohio Cheese Guild attending a tour of Young's Jersey Dairy, led my Dan Young.
Shay Frank
The CEO of Young's Jersey Dairy, Dan Young, speaking to the Ohio Cheese Guild on a tour on Monday.

Young’s Jersey Dairy kicked off National Agriculture Week with a visit from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Brian Baldridge and a meeting of cheesemakers from around the state.

The cheesemakers came for the Ohio Cheese Guild’s Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Baldridge’s visit. The Ohio Cheese Guild is a trade group that supports the state’s cheesemaking community.

Baldridge came to the meeting not only to support the guild’s efforts, but also to bring awareness to National Agriculture Week.

“As we travel the state, looking and visiting and just lifting up so many different great agricultural areas that Ohio has to offer. I mean, we produce, more than 200 grains and different livestocks and just all aspects of agriculture whether there's cheese, milk products and so forth,” Baldridge said.

Young’s CEO Dan Young spoke with the Guild and led a tour to demonstrate how a family run dairy farm can succeed with entertainment as a focus.

Baldridge also made a visit to Central State University and planned to visit the Mid-Ohio Food Collective this week.

Shay Frank was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Before working at WYSO, Shay worked as the Arts Writer for the Blade Newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to working at the paper, she worked as a freelancer for WYSO for three years and served as the vice president of the Toledo News Guild. Now located back in the Dayton area, Shay is thrilled to be working with the team at WYSO and reporting for her hometown community.