RFD-TV Reality Star Guest Speaker at Conservation District Annual Meeting


He is known on RFD-TV as the “Beast.” Cory Atley has emerged as a dominant name in high yield farming competitions. Atley is a multi-year state champion and has competed on the RFD-TV reality shows Corn Warriors and The Podfather. Atley will be the featured speaker for the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet on August 19th.

Tickets are $12 per person. You can make reservations at the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District website www.rosscountyswcd.org or call 740-772-4110 extension 3. The RSVP deadline is August 12th.

Atley placed second on the most recent season of Corn Warriors and this summer is competing in the current season of The Podfather, a soybean yield competition. The shows air on the cable channel RFD-TV as well as Amazon Prime and other streaming outlets. Contestants try to outdo each other by harvesting the most crop.

Atley has been winning competitions in Ohio ever since he has been trying. First entering in 2017, Atley has won both corn and soybean statewide competitions four years in a row. The Ohio competitions are sponsored by the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association.

Atley will share behind the scenes stories about filming a reality TV competition show and tips for high yield production of corn and soybeans. The sixth-generation farmer from Cedarville, Ohio in Greene County has been farming on his own since 2008 and has been advising other farmers about increasing production since launching his business called Advanced Yield consulting services in 2018.

Atley is appearing at the annual meeting of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District. The district provides technical assistance to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and encourage the stewardship of Ross County’s natural resources. The annual meeting and banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on August 19th at the “Sunroom at the Brick” banquet hall at 113 East High Street in Frankfort. Call the district at 740-772-4110, extension 3 to make reservations or email admin@rosscountyswcd.org or visit www.rosscountyswcd.org.

The soil and water district will provide residents with the district’s annual report, recognize the district’s cooperator of the year and launch its election season. The district receives county and state funding and is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Supervisors. Candidates running for the open supervisor seats are Philip Gray, incumbent supervisor Pamela Petzel Snyder, and Beth Workman. Voting begins at 5:30 that night.

The district will recognize the Kelvin and June Putnam Farm for the Cooperator of the Year award. This award is meant to show appreciation for farmers who practice conservation to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality. The Putnam’s have steadily installed and improved various conservation practices over the years, their farm has been included on Ohio’s list of historic farms, and Kelvin and June are currently hosting test fields for an exciting district research project to locate existing underground drainage systems.

Formed in 1947, the district provides free technical assistance to landowners implementing conservation practices through the farm bill or for the CAUV tax program. The district is engaged in a broad range of services related to geographic information systems, residential neighborhood drainage and runoff, wildlife and habitat. Residents can find more information about education and outreach programs on the district website www.rosscountyswcd.org or call the district office at 740-772-4110, extension 116.


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