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Buckeye Farm News
Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture. This year, a class of 20 more Ohioans are participating in the yearlong program focusing on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry on a local, state, national and global level.
Seven two-to-three day training sessions will help the third AgriPOWER class develop important skills necessary to becoming effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, social networking, communications and more. An institute session in Washington, D.C. will also help the class gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.
“This class is a diverse group of future leaders that represent 20 counties throughout Ohio. After just two sessions, they have formed a very close bond that will enhance their AgriPOWER experience as well as contribute to Ohio agriculture now and in the future,” said Sandy Kuhn, AgriPOWER director.
In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER partners include Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, American Dairy Association Mideast, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Corn Growers Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation, United Producers, Inc., Washington State Community College, Washington State Community College Tech Prep, Brown County Farm Bureau, Butler County Farm Bureau, Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau, Franklin County Farm Bureau, Geauga County Farm Bureau, Hamilton County Farm Bureau and Wood County Farm Bureau.