For Immediate Release
August 25, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Matthew Heimerl of Johnstown, Ohio, is one of 22 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2009-2010 AgriPOWER program. Matt is very actively involved with his family’s farming operation, which consists of hog production, feeder cattle, corn, soybeans and wheat.
AgriPOWER was launched last year by OFBF as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven weekend institutes that focus on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry.
Topics covered during various institute programs consist of public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to becoming an effective leader, activist and advocate, including public speaking, parliamentary procedure, social networking and communications and more. One of the institute programs will be held in Washington, D. C. to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.
“Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to developing grassroots leaders,” said Keith Stimpert, OFBF senior vice president of public policy. “The intensive training provided by AgriPOWER will equip these individuals to make significant contributions to the viability of Ohio agriculture.”
In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER partners include Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Nationwide, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, American Dairy Association MidEast, American Farmland Trust, Town & Country Co-op, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Corn Growers Association, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Soybean Council and Dairy Farmers of America.
For additional information about AgriPOWER, please contact OFBF at 614-246-8261 or [email protected].
CONTACT: David White
PHONE: (614) 246-8261 or
E-MAIL: [email protected]