Spiker a Finalist in Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

For Immediate Release

November 25, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Andrew Spiker has been named a finalist in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2009 Discussion Meet. The annual contest tests young professionals’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communication skills.

Spiker will participate in the finals of the competition during OFBF’s annual meeting held Dec. 2 to 4 in Cincinnati, discussing the following topics:

• What can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry?

• How can we continue to bridge the gap between farmers and lawmakers in order to have an influence in the changing political environment?’

Spiker operates a grain and cattle farm with his father, uncle and brother. He is a seven year member of Muskingum County Farm Bureau and currently serves as the county Farm Bureau vice president. He also teaches Agriculture Education and is a graduate of Ohio State University. Spiker has been active as president of the Adamsville Community Progressive Council and the Muskingum County Livestock Committee.

The winner of the contest will receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. The winner will also receive $1,000 courtesy of Nationwide Insurance, $500 courtesy of Dodge Trucks and a chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.


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