Kristin Reese recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute. The intensive, yearlong leadership training program was launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses.
Reese works as a Realtor with Real Living HER, owns her own catering business, Local Flavor Foods, LLC, and is a Fairfield County Farm Bureau member. With her husband and children, she raises Horned Dorset sheep, meat chickens, layers and rabbits.During the past year, participants engaged government officials, activists, media insiders and farm leaders on pressing local, state and national issues.
Among the topics were government structure and spending, regulations, the environment, animal welfare, international trade and public relations. “Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to the success of AgriPOWER and believes that there has never been a more important time for people to stand up for agriculture and tell their stories,” said Sandy Kuhn, AgriPOWER director. “This is really the purpose of AgriPOWER as graduates are trained to become the future leaders and advocates for agriculture.”
Prior to graduation, participants developed goals for using their training to effectively impact public policy. At graduation, AgriPOWER Class IV presented Kuhn with a $1,000 scholarship to help with the funding of Class V. “They have truly learned the power of paying forward,” Kuhn said.In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Monsanto, Agri-Trac Equipment, Pioneer, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Trupointe Cooperative, Inc., Stark County Farm Bureau, Franklin County Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER alumni and AgriPOWER Class III.