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Animal Science Hall of Fame 2013

April 22, 2013

Frank Phelps, Class of 1974, was inducted into The Ohio State University Animal Science Hall of Fame April 20 at the Department of Animal Sciences Recognition Banquet, An Evening of Excellence. Frank was born to Don and Joan Phelps and was raised on a grain and cattle farm in Van Wert County. As an OSU student, Frank was a member of Saddle and Sirloin, the OSU Collegiate Livestock Judging Team, and the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Frank graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Agriculture. Frank operates the O'Connor-Phelps Limousin Farm near Indian Lake in Logan Country. The farm includes a 250 head seedstock operation that markets Limousin breeding stock and feeds the balance of their own calves. In addition to his involvement in the beef industry, Frank also raises 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans. Maintaining their farming operation in an environmentally sustainable manner is a high priority for the O'Connor-Phelps Limousin Farm. For 25 years, Frank has served as a supervisor for the Logan Country Soil and Water Conservation District and has chaired the Indian Lake Watershed project since 1990. As a direct result of Frank's hard work and innovation, the O'Connor-Phelps Limousin Farm has been recognized many times over the years. The farm received the Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Environmental Stewardship award in 1998 for its groundbreaking conservation efforts. The O'Connor-Phelps Limousin Farm was also recognized as the OCA Seedstock Producer of the Year in 2007, and Frank was named the 2010 recipient of the OCA Beef Industry Excellence Award. Contributing his time and talents as a leader for the beef industry, Frank has been actively involved as a member of the Logan County Cattlemen's Association. Frank was twice appointed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture to represent Ohio's beef industry as a member of the Cattlemen's Beef Board. In addition, Frank served for many years on the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee and was chairman of the Beef Council. Currently, Frank is the Vice President of the Ohio Cattlemen's Association.