Never before in the history of agriculture has there been the urgency there is today for leaders and advocates for agriculture. With that in mind, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) launched an elite program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals: AgriPOWER. This yearlong program focuses on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry such as animal activists, energy, and trade policies. It helps individuals develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture by learning from experts in these fields. Additionally, the program is respectful of today’s busy farm and family calendar.
OFBF is currently looking for 20 select individuals to participate in this leadership and advocacy development program, which will consist of seven multi-day institutes (17 total days). Topics covered during institute programs will include public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become an effective leader and advocate for agriculture. One of the institute sessions will be held in Washington, D.C., to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.
Individuals may nominate themselves or have their nomination sponsored by their respective county Farm Bureau, other agricultural organization or employer. If you are nominating yourself, you must be a Farm Bureau member (contact your county Farm Bureau for membership information). Applications are due May 18, 2012.
“Through the AgriPOWER program I have gained insights into every aspect of agriculture – from the working of a hog farm to the political issues of Washington, D.C. At the same time I have forged lasting friendships with individualswho will undoubtedly be the future leaders of the industry. The experience has made me a better advocate foragriculture, while making me a better leader in my community and in Ohio agriculture.”– Kristin Reese (CLASS IV) realtor, caterer and small diversified farmer
Attached is more information about the program. If you would like to apply, please contact Anna Hall at [email protected] or call the office at 740-474-6284