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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. 

Nathan and Jennifer Brown are chaircouple of the 2015 advisory team.

Applications for the 2016 team are due May 29, 2015.

Leadership Experience

Join the Young Ag Professionals in Columbus Jan. 30 and 31, 2015 for the Winter Leadership Experience, an opportunity to build personal and professional skills, network with agricultural leaders, and learn to make a difference in your community, Farm Bureau and agriculture. Some agenda highlights include the YAP Discussion Meet semi-finals and several fantastic sessions covering traditional agriculture, niche farming/marketing and consumer education topics.

Here is a Facebook photo album from the 2014 event and a video recap where the current Young Agricultural Professionals Committee members share why they are involved.

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 trip takes place in September and  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.

Read participants' views of the trip.



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 2014 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.

Application deadline: Aug. 8, 2014

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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.

Application deadline: Aug. 8, 2014

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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.

Ohio Farm Bureau is accepting applications for the 2015 Discussion Meet. Deadline to apply is Jan. 9, 2015.

Victoria Shaw of Litchfield is the 2014 Discussion Meet winner.

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

  • We will foster a viable business climate for agriculture that will help all Ohioans prosper.
  • We will collaborate on a water resource management plan that enhances both water quality and food production.
  • We will adopt a membership model to grow membership and sustain the organization for the future.
  • We will create an OFB Foundation structure that will grow revenue and help us invest in programs that will improve the quality of life for Ohioans.
  • We will promote and grow our relationship with Nationwide.
  • We will inspire members to build vibrant communities.