Dave Anspach grew up on the family farm in Owensville, where he and his wife Pam reside today. Dave’s family has always practiced conservation on the farm, and his father Ray was the District’s Outstanding Cooperator of the Year in 1977. Installed practices include a WASCOB, several drainage/ditching projects and utilizing no-till in their operation. About 100 acres are rotated in soybeans and corn on the 125 acre farm.
Dave has a B.S. degree in Business from Miami University, and worked for the Farm Credit Services Agency for 15 years, before serving as Clermont SWCD’s Administrator from 1990-97. During his tenure with the SWCD, Dave helped oversee the development of a full-time education program and helped coordinate the development of the Agricultural Center complex and movement of the District offices to the fairgrounds facility in 1995.
Dave has served on the Clermont County Park Board for 19 years, during which time he helped plan and direct the development of the new Chilo Lock #34 Museum and Visitor Center.
In 2006, Dave rejoined the Clermont SWCD family as a Board Supervisor. He is now completing his fourth 3-year term on the SWCD Board and currently serves as secretary/treasurer. Additionally, Dave serves as the Area IV Director for the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Dave states that he would like to continue to use his conservation background and experience to serve the community.
Tim Rose is the third generation of Roses’ to operate Ohio Pike Farms located in Bethel. Starting as a young boy and following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Tim has dedicated his life to agriculture and the farming industry. Seven days a week, rain or shine, Tim can be found at the farm working on jobs anywhere from checking crops to fixing equipment or simply helping his grandmother with any tasks she needs completed that day. To say farming is a full time job for Tim is an understatement.
Family is also a big part of Tim’s life and in his downtime he has not fallen short sharing the love of the land with his family. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Amber and will soon be the father of three children. His daughters love going to the farm with their daddy and taking as many tractor rides as possible. In the fall they can be found in the combine with him and in the summer they run around the barnyard tinkering with anything Tim might be working on.
Tim’s passion and dedication for life and his farm shine through every day. He grew up learning the value of hard work and continues to work hard daily. He is well respected throughout the community and takes pride in building new relationships. He feels he would make a great addition to the Soil and Water Conservation Board.
Steve Phillips is a lifetime resident of Clermont County. He lives with his wife and family on their farm in Tate Township just south of Bethel. Steve attended the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster where he earned an associates degree in Agronomy. He has worked locally for Cargill for over 20 years. Steve and his family farm 130 acres raising cattle, and growing berries and tobacco.
Steve has worked closely with the Clermont SWCD and NRCS staff to install numerous conservation practices on his land, including a spring development and solar watering device. Steve was the District’s Cooperator of the Year in 2008 and has served as a District Board Supervisor since 2009. Currently, Steve is serving as the Board’s president, and during his term, has traveled to Columbus to meet with our state representatives to discuss District programs and funding.