The Advisory Team is composed of 16 members, representing each of Ohio Farm Bureau’s four women’s trustee districts. It suggests, develops and conducts activities that provide opportunities for young couples and singles age 35 and younger to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs. It also actively recruits and encourages young farmer participation in Farm Bureau activities.
An application process is used to select team members and is based on Farm Bureau involvement, leadership potential and community service.
“Being on the team has given me so many opportunities to meet new people and gain perspective on the bigger picture of American agriculture,” said Kayla Weaver, current chair of the Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team. “It has given me a chance to see the diversity in Ohio agriculture as well as the issues that farmers in other states are dealing with. I’ve also continued to improve my leadership, networking, and (event) hosting skills through the events the Advisory Team is involved in. I am also more confident in my abilities to speak out for agriculture and share my knowledge and experiences.”
Team members serve a two-year term, providing assistance in planning a yearly leadership conference and hosting Young Agricultural Professionals in a variety of in and out of state events.
“We try to have meetings, usually in Columbus, about three times a year and also attend other events throughout the year. We stay in touch between meetings using conference calls, emails and Facebook for many of our discussions,” Weaver said. “We also try to stay involved in our county Farm Bureaus and represent Young Ag Professionals at local events.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read about the 2012 Young Ag Professionals Leadership Conference
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