2009 AgriPOWER graduating class.

Ag advocates complete training

Buckeye Farm News

An inaugural class of 20 selected individuals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute. The intensive leadership training program was launched last summer to help farmers and agribusiness professionals gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses. During the past year, participants engaged high-level government officials, activists, media insiders and farm leaders on pressing local, state and national issues. Among the topics were government structure and spending, regulations, the environment, animal welfare, international trade, state education reform and public relations. Prior to graduation, participants developed goals for utilizing their training to effectively impact public policy. OFBF is currently seeking applicants for next year’s class. Information is available at www.ofbf.org or e-mail [email protected].


Caption: Participants and county

1st Row (from left): Chuck Wildman, Clark; Lane Osswald, Preble; Matt Boyert, Medina; Rïse Labig, Darke; Debra Hogue, Muskingum; Jake Wolfinger, Fairfield; Seth Teter, Knox.

2nd Row: Brock Schmaltz, Franklin; Ryan McClure, Paulding; Matt Vodraska, Wayne; Denise Percival, Greene; Jon Miller, Fairfield; Korre Boyer, Ashland; Robert Moore, Coshocton.

3rd Row: Bill Myers, Lucas; Marcie Williams, Licking; John Buck, Marion; Bob Morrison, Jefferson; Gretchen Mossbarger; Ross, Alan Brinker, Coshocton.


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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