Mark retired from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting, in February 2015. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and operated his mixed grain and livestock farm for 38 years. His previous off-farm work experience included agronomy sales and environmental responsibilities with Country Star Co-op; manure management specialist with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and pipeline consulting work with Land Stewards, LLC. He is a Certified Crop Advisor in good standing and since 2017 has served as the Outreach Coordinator with the Ohio 4R Certification Program.
Mark resides north of Willard, Ohio, in Huron County, with his wife, Susan. They have two grown children and 4 grandchildren who keep them very busy.