Ohio Farm Bureau Field Training Specialist Melinda Witten said this program exposes Young Agricultural Professionals, ages 18-35 with leadership potential, to the national political scene and motivates them to become more involved in the legislative arena and Farm Bureau.
“We fly into D.C. on Wednesday and hit the ground running,” Witten said. “We will take time to teach all participants how to lobby, how to engage their politicians and how to get their points across, and then we will go and visit with our congressmen.”
Other activities during the program include a briefing on Ohio and national farm issues by OFBF and American Farm Bureau staff and a session to teach the leaders about the inner-workings of government. Several tours will also be a part of the trip including a tour and briefing at the American Farm Bureau office, Capitol building, an embassy and national monuments.
“Not only did I get to meet a ton of wonderful Farm Bureau members from all over Ohio and the U.S., I also was able to spend some time discovering different parts of our gorgeous capital,” said Lyndsey Murphy, 2010 Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Ag Professional Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience participant.
“It’s a great experience for any college student,” Murphy said. “Networking is crucial at this point your career and there is no better way to do that than mingle with already accomplished professionals like you will on this trip.”
County Farm Bureaus can nominate one Young Ag Professional to attend the Sept. 12 to 14 program. Not every county sends someone each year; there is a four-year rotation, based on OFBF’s state trustee districts. One member from each of the 22 trustee districts and one from each of the four women’s trustee districts are selected to travel each year.
“Every fourth year a county will be up to send someone to D.C.,” Witten said. “We have the four-year rotation set. Even if your county is not up this year, the rotation is set through 2015.”
Those interested in the program should contact their county Farm Bureau office by July 6.
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