DELPHOS — As part of Ohio Agriculture Week March 13-17, Ohio Department of Agriculture director David Daniels toured D&D Ingredient Distributors in Delphos on March 15, a business that specializes in producing trace mineral and vitamin mixes used in producing feed for animals.
The 40-year-old company, started as an oat cleaning company by Donald “Doc” and Dorothy Miller, works with 26 states and has dealings in 30 countries, working with such items as vitamins, phosphates, potassium and other minerals to supply the food manufacturing industry.
“This being Ag Week, what we’re trying to do here is get out and show people how agriculture affects their lives each and every day,” Daniels said. “Agriculture is the number one industry in Ohio, providing $105 billion in economic activity and one out of every seven jobs.”
Those agriculture jobs include 100 at D&D Ingredients, where 60 percent of business deals with the dairy industry providing ingredients needed in producing cattle feed.
“One thing we’ve been blessed with is good animal numbers,” Director of Operations Ted Williams said. “Ohio is very strong in the dairy, swine and poultry industries. If you look at Delphos, we’re in the center of a three-state area that is strong in livestock agriculture, so it was a fortunate place for the family to start the business.”
With B-vitamin the only vitamin produced in the United States, trade is an essential component of doing business for D&D Ingredients and for the agriculture industry in general. Much of the other vitamins are produced overseas.
“The ability to trade over our borders is very important, whether it’s incoming product or product going out the other side,” Daniels said. “We are continuing to point out that trade is the life blood of what we do.”
Daniels also emphasized that while agriculture can often be viewed as a faceless, big company industry, much of what makes agriculture work in Ohio is family-based businesses like D&D Ingredients.
“Our biggest challenge in agriculture is communication,” he said. “Here’s a business that started out by one family cleaning oats.”