Young Agricultural Professionals contests offer opportunities, rewards

Buckeye Farm News

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is seeking individuals 18-35 who are interested in pursuing new opportunities offered by several annual competitions. In addition to gaining valuable experience, winners will receive an expense-paid trip to compete at the 2012 American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Hawaii. 

Discussion Meet Competition

This is a formal version of what naturally happens during Farm Bureau Community Council meetings or County Board Committee Meetings. It is not a panel discussion or debate, but an exercise in cooperative problem solving designed to give experience in leading group discussions and chairing committees. The competition helps individuals sharpen critical thinking skills, share ideas concisely and directly and use problem solving techniques to tackle real issues facing agriculture.

Outstanding Young Farmer Competition

This award is designed to recognize successful young farmers for achievement in the business of farming and leadership and involvement in the agricultural community, particularly within local and state Farm Bureau. In addition to offering farmers recognition for their accomplishments , the program helps young farmers strengthen business planning skills, develop new marketing opportunities and network with others who love agriculture. New this year, the four state finalists chosen will give judges a short PowerPoint presentation about their farm, Farm Bureau involvement, leadership and passion for farming.

Excellence in Agriculture Competition

This program recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. The program helps individuals highlight their strongest leadership strengths, sharpen valuable communication skills and promote diverse careers within agriculture.

This year, all contestants will have an opportunity to show their excitement for agriculture and Farm Bureau by making a one-to-three minute video, “What’s Your Story” in which they introduce themselves, talk about their passion for agriculture and the value of Farm Bureau membership.

Young Agricultural Professionals are people who are 18 to 35 and are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.


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