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Ohio Farm Bureau strengthens relationship with FFA
Thousands of Ohio FFA members traveled to Columbus May 3-4 for the annual State FFA Convention. Two Ohio Farm Bureau programs used this opportunity to reach out to FFA members, and the Farm Bureau state office hosted two chapters as well.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals (YAP) and Collegiate Young Farmers (CYF) organizations teamed up to have a booth at the state FFA convention trade show.
“Convention provided a great way for us to connect with some of our target audience members and those who are going to be the most involved in agriculture,” said Kayla Weaver, chair of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals advisory team. “They are the ones we need to connect with now, to ensure our program and the Farm Bureau organization remains strong in the future.”
Mike Hannewald, president of Collegiate Young Farmers, said that there were two benefits to CYF’s involvement with the booth at the FFA convention.
“Our club thought that this would be a great opportunity for us because it would allow our members to work with YAP and learn about their organization while also providing a recruitment opportunity for our club,” he said. “The goal was to promote our club among the senior FFA members who will be coming to Ohio State next fall. We hoped to show them that CYF can help them to transition into college and still be involved in learning about current agricultural issues like they do in the FFA.”
“FFA is one of those longstanding traditions of agriculture and their organization has a long history of youth leadership development, and those are our future members,” said Darrell Rubel, Ohio Farm Bureau's director of learning delivery.
While FFA members were in Columbus, the state Farm Bureau office hosted two FFA chapters, Lucas and Mechanicsburg. They learned about Farm Bureau, met the staff and heard about the organization’s purpose.
These relationships between FFA and Farm Bureau in Ohio are a continuance from the announcement that the two organizations would team up on a summer camp for youth.
The camp will help youths improve their leadership skills and is open to high school students (must have at least finished freshman year). The camp is June 22-25 and the cost is $130 with limited scholarships available. Ohio Farm Bureau staff and national FFA officers will be providing leadership training. The deadline to register is June 1.
"Ohio Farm Bureau is proud to collaborate with Ohio FFA in support of these fantastic young leaders.” Rubel said.
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