Within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Welch serves as the Direct Food and Agriculture Marketing Specialist to assist Ohio’s agricultural and food producers increase their profitability and sustainability through best marketing practices, increase marketing efficiencies, and market diversification. Ms. Welch has a strong interest in the economic development of rural Ohio and is especially interested in family farms and agribusinesses within this region.
Since July 2003, Welch has been a member of the OSU South Centers’ Business Development Network. Welch has contributed major effort to apply for and subsequently manage grant-funded programs, worked with Ohio farmers markets to establish the statewide network, and provide training and resources for farmers market managers, vendor, and stakeholders, and help expand the number of Ohio farmers markets who accept SNAP and other food assistance benefits.
She and her husband are the third generation on their diversified family farm. They currently produce small fruits which they direct market from the farm. She was actively involved in the Chillicothe Farmers’ Market where she served on the board for 8 years.