Ohio Farm Bureau’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.
The nine month long program, which consists of seven multi-day sessions covering topics from public policy at all levels to leadership development.
Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher gave a leadership charge to the class during its graduation ceremony. He asked the participants how they have changed and what they learned. Answers ranged from self confidence and public speaking skills to personal and professional development.
“Those who show up set the agenda. Hopefully this last year we have helped you to be better prepared to show up and set the agenda,” Fisher said.
He also gave the class one last assignment: to email him in the next week about where they will be in their lives and what they will be doing to reach out and share their stories with society in the years 2015, 2025 and 2035.
“That is what AgriPOWER is all about. Allowing you the opportunity to network together, to pick up a few additional skills and go out and demonstrate what AgriPOWER means. We have high expectations for you; we all will be watching and we are excited about what we envision we will see,” Fisher said. “I will be watching, in a very excited way, about all the good things you will do. Congratulations on your graduating today, and good luck to all of you in the future.”
Sandy Kuhn, AgriPOWER director coordinator and OFBF director of commodity relations, said that this year was an adventure and a joy. Participants echoed this sentiment.
Beef farmer and manager of R&C Packing Jeff Moore discussed his experiences through AgriPOWER as well.
“I participated in the AgriPOWER program to learn to be a better advocate for agriculture, but through the process I learned a lot about myself and how I can use my strengths along with the strengths of others I met through AgriPOWER to help tell agriculture’s story. The connections and friendships made through the program will be useful for the rest of my life. The AgriPOWER program presented me with the opportunity to meet with leaders not only in agriculture, but in government and helped to give a better understanding of how it all works,” Moore said.
While AgriPOWER draws to a close for this class, recruitment is beginning for Class V. Graduates were challenged at the ceremony to recruit one person to apply for the next class.
Applications for AgriPOWER Class V are due May 18.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Sandy Kuhn at [email protected] or 614-246-8249.
Read more information about AgriPOWER Institute including a tentative schedule for Class IV
Download an application for AgriPOWER Class V