In recent years, Ohio Farm Bureau members engaged in an “envisioned future” process that established a roadmap for the organization. Ultimately, we saw that success would be shaped by strong relationships, strong organization, a viable future and a balanced ecology.
These concepts not only frame our beliefs, they define community. They drive us to grow more connected as our world grows more complex.
At its roots, being a Farm Bureau member means you are helping to build a resilient food community. It means you are expanding our capacity to grow together.
In this new Buckeye Farm News feature, we will regularly showcase efforts leading us toward this goal.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute program is designed for highly motivated young farm leaders and professionals. It focuses on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food system. The program consists of seven multi-day institutes (17 days total) and covers public policy matters facing local communities, Ohio, the nation and the world.
The program has been effective in preparing participants to move into leadership positions in state organizations, local boards, churches, state and county Farm Bureau boards and chambers of commerce. The number of applicants continues to increase with several on a waiting list for the most recent class.
Experts help class members develop the skills to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture.Classes have included spokesperson and media training, social networking, working with elected officials, local and economic development, leadership training, activists and advocacy, building community capital and opportunities to get engaged in agricultural organizations.
AgriPOWER has had a variety of partners including the Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Growers Association, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Monsanto Company, Ohio Beef Council, Farm Credit Services of Mid America, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Trupointe Cooperative, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Nationwide, AgriPOWER alumni and county Farm Bureaus.
Photo Credit: Sandy Kuhn