Conference set for young adults involved in agriculture

Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin, Ohio. This year’s conference theme is “Be an ‘Agvocate’: Speak Up for Agriculture.”

The Young Agricultural Professionals group consists of full and part-time farmers, Extension educators, teachers, consumer educators, media reporters, livestock and equine enthusiasts, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.

Participants will enjoy a selection of quality workshops including hosting on your family farm, niche farming and how to be persuasive.

Trent Loos will serve as a keynote speaker on Friday evening. Loos, a nationally-recognized radio and TV personality and writer for Feedstuffs, will talk about the importance of farmers personally telling the story of agriculture.

Ohio farmer and comedian Jay Hendren will bring his down-home humor to the conference as a speaker as well.

“Our young agricultural professionals are the future leaders of Ohio,” according to Matt and Rachel Hiemerl, co-chairs of the Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team. “This conference will help them develop important skills that will serve Ohio’s farmers and consumers.”

Registration for the conference is $150 per person and includes hotel lodging and group meals. Participants must return registration forms to their county Farm Bureau office by Feb. 19.


Lynn Snyder 

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

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