For Immediate Release
August 22, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Pataskala resident Jeff Heimerl is one of 19 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2011-2012 AgriPOWER program. Heimerl works with his family on their grain and livestock operation, Heimerl Farms, Ltd. where he manages the crop and maintenance sides of the operation. He is a Licking County Farm Bureau member and also has his own sign and decal business.
OFBF launched AgriPOWER in 2008 as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry.
Topics covered include public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Specific sessions help class members develop important skills necessary to becoming an effective leader and advocate, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, 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.
“As farmers, we have always known what our business is and how we do it, but when it comes to communicating this to others, that is not our strength,” said Ryan McClure, a Paulding County grain and livestock farmer who was a member of the initial AgriPOWER class. “Through AgriPOWER, I was able to gain the tools and comfort level needed to be able to convey my messages to others.”
In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER sponsoring partners include Nationwide, AgriPOWER Class III, AgriPOWER alumni, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Monsanto, Cargill Animal Nutrition and Stark County Farm Bureau.
For additional information about AgriPOWER visit tinyurl.com/agripower, contact OFBF at 614-246-8249 or e-mail [email protected].
CONTACT: Joe Cornely
PHONE: (614) 246-8230
E-MAIL: [email protected]