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Welcome (back) to The Dirt!


Between 2013 and 2015, The Dirt was the place to find regular updates on a wide array of topics related to agriculture in Ohio. And now it’s back, bigger and better than ever!

ODA’s Communications Team has decided to restart this blog, making it a place you’ll enjoy visiting to learn about what’s happening across the state, while also getting to meet the people who keep ODA running smoothly 365 days a year.

So, who better to meet now than us, the Communications team!


Pictured L to R: Shelby Croft, Katie Boyer, Susan Showalter, Meghan Harshbarger

First in line is our fearless leader, Shelby Croft. Shelby was brought in as Director of Communications in May of 2019. Prior to joining ODA, she was a TV news anchor/reporter across the country for 20+ years.  Since coming on with ODA, she’s already had some amazing experiences and met some amazing people. Can you say Luke Bryan??? #herestothefarmer



Susan Showalter, Assistant Communications Director, has been with ODA since 1999. She is an expert speech writer and does amazing work with a camera, taking fantastic photos of all our fun events happening at ODA, along with pictures of her family.



Meghan Harshbarger, Media Outreach Specialist, is a lady who knows how to tell a great story on-camera. Like Shelby, Meghan worked as a TV news reporter before making the switch to ODA. Meghan loves traveling, sports and her Frenchie, Archie.



Katie Boyer (hey! That’s me!), Public Information Officer, is the writer behind the scenes. Katie loves all things Ohio, from wines, to the Bobcats (OUOH YEAH) and of course the Buckeyes! When she’s not trying out the latest restaurant in Columbus with her husband, she’s snuggled up on her couch with her pup Jolene (yes, like the song.)



As a team, we are excited to keep you posted on the latest news at ODA, along with some fun facts, interesting videos and more. Stay tuned….!