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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Davlin Appointed Manager of OARDC’s Western Ag Research Station

October 17, 2011

SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio -- Joe Davlin has been appointed manager of the Western Agricultural Research Station in South Charleston, Ohio, one of nine outlying research farms operated by Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

Davlin had been a research assistant at Western since 1995. He replaces long-time manager Clarence Renk, who retired last June after 36 years of service to OARDC. 

“Joe demonstrated his ability to manage multiple research projects in his previous position at the Western Agricultural Research Station,” said Ken Scaife, assistant to the OARDC director for research operations. “The research activity at Western has grown significantly in recent years, partially due to Joe’s skills as research assistant. I look forward to working with Joe as he provides leadership to the station in the coming years.”

Davlin grew up on a farm in Sandusky, Ohio, where his family planted corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. He is a graduate of Perkins High School; earned a B.S. from Ohio State in agricultural mechanization and systems in 1993; and obtained an M.S. in crop production and management in 2001, also from Ohio State.

Before joining OARDC, he interned for DowElanco in Greenfield, Ind., assisting field research in agronomic, fruit and vegetable crops (1993-94); and worked for Wensink Seed Farm of Monroeville, Ohio (1994-95). He is a member of the Clark County Farm Bureau, the American Soybean Association and the Ohio State University Extension Agronomic Crops Team.

“I want to continue the growing success we have at the station and move more into the technology and informational era of the 21st century,” Davlin said. “I enjoy working with all of the different researchers and their staff. We have a broad range of research projects that go on at Western, and it is very interesting to see new products and cropping systems being tested.” 

Located on 428 acres in Clark County, the Western Agricultural Research Station plays an instrumental role in supporting the field crop, specialty crop and swine industries that are critical to the economy of farm-rich western Ohio. Learn more about the station at

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Mauricio Espinoza
Ken Scaife