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Young Agricultural Professionals

Who We Are

Agriculture has many faces, just like young professionals.

Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

Farmers take on the role of chemist, veterinarian, human resources director, marketing expert, mechanic, and much more. All of these are professional skills for a professional industry.

Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are full- and part-time farmers, OSU Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, former Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members, FFA and 4-H alumni, farm media communicators, livestock and equine enthusiasts, wine makers, alpaca breeders, seed representatives, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.

Whether you have a half-acre or 5,000 acres, Ohio Farm Bureau has a place for you. This brochure summarizes the opportunities available.

What We Do

Experiences and Opportunities

Young Agricultural Professionals county leaders, with the assistance of the OFBF and county staff, help to plan and organize local events that reach out to young professionals and the community. Here are some involvement ideas.

Additionally, members from each of the four state women's trustee districts are selected by the OFBF board of trustees to serve on the Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team. Members of this team serve a two-year term and are involved in planning programs and events that involve young professionals and provide involvement opportunities.

Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team

Team members assist with creating educational and leadership development programs for Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals. A total of eight positions are on the team and a position may be filled by either a single individual or a married couple. Members serve a two-year term with four returning and four new positions each year. 

Latham and Katie Farley are this year's chaircouple. Meet the Farleys and watch a video about the team.

Leadership Experience

This annual conference offers information, education, fun, and relaxation while allowing young farmers to meet other young farmers from across the state. The 2014 conference was held Jan. 24 and 25 in Columbus. Here is a Facebook photo album from the event. Here is a video recap where the current Young Agricultural Professionals Committee members share why they are involved.

Summer Event

Join the Young Ag Professionals June 28, 2014 for a day filled with tours to various agriculture entities. The YAP Summer Reach Out Event will offer three different bus tours options with one being a kid friendly tour. There will be two adult orientated tours that will stop at two to three unique agricultural related businesses. Families are encouraged to stay for a night and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Mohican State Park.

Williams County Farm Bureau member Taysha Reitzel shared her experience from the Young Ag Professionals 2013 event on her blog, which she graciously allowed us to share here as well. Here is a Facebook photo album from the event.

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

Young professionals with strong leadership potential are hand-selected each year to share their ideas with members of congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally.

The Sept. 10 to 12, 2014 trip includes a visit with the young professionals' congressional representative, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy. It is only open to Farm Bureau members. Contact your county Farm Bureau office for details.

Participant Angela Davis-Haines recounts her experience in this blog.

Brochure

Contests

Outstanding Young Farmer

Ohio Farm Bureau is looking for the top young farmers in the state. This award is designed to recognize successful young farmers, age 35 or younger, for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community.

Four state finalists will be selected from county winners in 2013 and previous years to compete at the state level. The finalists will participate in a 30-minute interview with the judges. The winner is announced at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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Contest Rules

Excellence in Agriculture

If you work off the farm and are a leader in Farm Bureau and the community, then this contest is for you. This award is designed to recognize successful young agriculture professionals (singles or couples) who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture. Four state finalists are selected from among county winners; the statewide winner is named during the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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Contest Rules

Discussion Meet

Do you have the ability to...

  • Help others express ideas effectively?
  • Be a persuasive speaker?
  • Be a productive thinker?
  • Exchange ideas and information to find solutions to challenges?
  • Involve others in conversation

Then the Discussion Meet is for you. Discussion Meet is not a panel discussion or debate, but rather an exercise in cooperative problem solving, designed to give participants experience in leading a group discussion and in chairing a committee.

Bailey Elchinger of Deshler is the 2013 state winner.

The semi-final rounds take place the first day of the Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, 2014 Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Experience in Columbus.

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Discussion Meet Manual

Want to see what a Discussion Meet looks like?

Watch the 2012 American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Final Four contest.

State winners in all three contests receive cash prizes and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention to represent Ohio in the national competition.

For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau office.

Ohio Farm Bureau Goals

  • Explore new membership models for future strength
  • Build Farm Bureau's financial base to better achieve our mission
  • Grow membership through a comprehensive campaign that involves all members and partners
  • Expand member contribution and engagement opportunities
  • Partner to create excellent agricultural education programs
  • Develop an organization model for the future that engages the entire food chain
  • Advocate for Farm Bureau's priority issues
  • Seek solutions to Ohio's water quality challenges
  • Champion grassroots policy initiatives