Experiences and opportunities
Youth Leadership Conferences and Events
Ohio Farm Bureau believes in providing youth opportunities to grow in areas of leadership, teamwork and personal development. Youth leadership development is a key component of Ohio Farm Bureau.
Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is an exciting program for 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau with a primary goal of increasing youth citizenship knowledge and participation.
Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau successful organizations. These groups are partnering on this program. Participants are between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2015/2016 school year.
Participants travel to Columbus in March for Phase One of the challenge where they learned about government processes, how to make a difference and building teams. They interacted with state leaders at a legislative luncheon and began work on a local plan.
In Phase Two, participants worked within teams and with mentors on a local community issue and develped a presentation on their topic.
Presentations are made in Columbus May 14 in Phase Three, and final presentations for the top three or four winning teams take place July 30 at the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio State Fair Jr. Fair Board
The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of 22 individuals (16-20 years of age) who represent youth from organizations across Ohio. They are appointed by a committee to serve a two-year term. Members must be positive role models in attitude, dress, conduct, integrity and accountability.
Ohio Farm Bureau selected two individuals to serve as its ambassadors to the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. Meet Seth Finton of Coshocton and Kelsey Rumburg of Chardon.
Ohio Leadership Camp
Each summer, Ohio Farm Bureau joined with Ohio FFA to offer Farm Bureau youth a new leadership option -- Ohio FFA’s “Ohio Leadership Camp” held at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio. This exciting experience allowed youth to develop leadership skills in an outdoor camp setting. High school freshman through seniors were invited to attend.
County Farm Bureaus have the opportunity to organize their own local youth councils. Local youth council activities may include experiences such as assisting with county Farm Bureau activities, commuity service projects, social activities, as well as personal and professional development that builds self-esteem and confidence.
Contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information.
Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program
The Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 in honor of Darwin R. Bryan whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to the organization has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. The scholarship fund assists students who have been active in the Farm Bureau youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members.
Find application information at the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation website. Appliucations are due Feb. 29, 2016.
Women's Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program
In early 2006, representatives of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee awarded the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation a special $30,000 grant to establish an endowment for the new Women's Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program. Moreover, the Fund gave an additional $6,000 grant to the Foundation to jump-start scholarship awards during the initial two years of the endowment project.
Founded in 1908 by Jacob G. Schmidlapp, the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund is the country's oldest fund solely dedicated to “ennoble, to uplift and to strengthen the lives of young women.” After losing his daughter in an automobile accident, Mr. Schmidlapp channeled his grief into the creation of the Fund to allow other young women, unlike his daughter, to realize their lives' dreams. The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Provides grants for female education, recreation and service. Over the years the Fund has supported academic institutions, social service and charitable organizations operating in a variety of metropolitan areas in several Midwest states. The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation award is the first given specifically to an organization dedicated to the field of agriculture.
Find application information at the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation website. Applications are due Feb. 29, 2016.
Many county Farm Bureaus also offer youth scholarships. Please check the county pages for information.
To learn more about the Farm Bureau Youth program, 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.