Staley named Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet finalist

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Kelly Staley of Fredericktown 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. Staley will participate in the finals of the competition during OFBF’s annual meeting held Dec. 2 to 4 in Cincinnati.

She 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?”

An eight-year member of Richland County Farm Bureau, Staley is a sixth-grade teacher at Clear Fork Middle School in Bellville. Staley holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and animal science, and a master’s in education from Ohio State University. She and her husband Adam live on a hay and cattle farm with their children Ethan, 5 and Dawson, 2.

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 and search “young ag professionals.”


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