Spiker named Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet finalist

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Andrew Spiker of Adamsville has been named a state finalist in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2009 Discussion Meet.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. Spiker will participate in the finals of the competition during OFBF’s annual meeting held Dec. 2 to 4 in Cincinnati.

He was named a finalist Aug. 10 after preliminary competition at OFBF’s annual Leadership Conference in Columbus, and discussed the following topics:

·         “How can agricultural producers reach out to the public to gain their support on important issues impacting agriculture?”

·         “The U.S. has the safest food supply in the world. How do farmers continue to improve the public’s perception of their products?”

Spiker, his father, uncle and brother operate a grain and cattle farm in Muskingum County, where he is a seven-year member and current vice president of the county Farm Bureau. A current agriculture education instructor and graduate of Ohio State University, Spiker has also been active as the president of the Adamsville Community Progressive Council and the Muskingum County Livestock Committee.

The Discussion Meet is hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals – singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. For more information, visit www.ofbf.org and search “young ag professionals.”


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