About 30 Young Agricultural Professionals embarked on an annual trip to Washington, D.C. in 2011 to discuss important agricultural issues face-to-face with their legislators. This year’s trip included visits to New Zealand’s embassy, American Farm Bureau Federation headquarters, hearing Congressman and past Ohio Farm Bureau President Bob Gibbs talk about serving in Congress, and to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.
Young Agricultural Professionals also fared well in Farm Bureau contests. Wayne County Farm Bureau’s Emily Krueger won the AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet early in 2011, and Ohio’s winners of the annual Excellence in Agriculture, Outstanding Young Farmer and Farm Bureau Discussion Meet contests will participate in the national competition at AFBF’s 2012 annual meeting in Hawaii in January.
OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute saw its third class of 20 agricultural advocates graduate in 2011, while a class of 19 more started during the summer. The yearlong program features seven two-to-three day training sessions focusing on public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Sessions focus on building skills including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/agripower.