Clemson, left, and Heimerl, right, competing in the Discussion Meet semi-finals at OFBF's Leadership Conference.

Ohio Farm Bureau names Discussion Meet finalists

Four finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2012 Discussion Meet. They are Lynnsey Schemrich or Orient, Brad Heimerl of Johnstown, Jon Hensler of Jackson and Christen Clemson of Cortland.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. The young agricultural professionals will participate in the finals of the competition during OFBF’s annual meeting Nov. 28 to 30 in Columbus.

The finalists were named Aug. 18 after preliminary competition at OFBF’s annual Leadership Conference in Columbus. They discussed the following topics:

  • How should Farm Bureau help prepare its members – both young and old – for transferring operations to the next generation of farmers and ranchers? What is Farm Bureau’s role in encouraging more transfers?
  • How do we reach out to associate members to provide value to their membership?

“I am very excited with the performance of the Discussion Meet finalists. Their collective talent is impressive and I look forward to watching them again at the final round in November,” said OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Coordinator Melinda Witten.

The finalists will compete for $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance and an expense-paid trip to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Jan 13-16.

Schemrick has been a member of Franklin County Farm Bureau for more than 15 years, having served on the State Youth Committee and as leader of Country Olympics at the Franklin County Fair. She raises freezer beef, pigs and chickens. She is self-employed, using her sewing and quilting skills for small Ohio shop owners, and is a Franklin County 4-H adviser.

Heimerl is a member of Licking County Farm Bureau, where he serves as a county board trustee. He works full-time on his family’s farm where they raise grain crops, beef cattle, pigs and operate a trucking fleet. Heimerl holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wilmington College, and serves as a reserve deputy sheriff for Licking County.

Hensler is a Jackson County Farm Bureau member, where he serves as a county board trustee. A graduate of Hondros College in real estate law and personal finance, he also serves as the chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party. He resides with his wife Lindsey in Jackson.

A third generation member of Trumbull County Farm Bureau, Clemson is a doctoral student in educational leadership at Penn State University, where she also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her family farms row crops and she is a 4-H leader in the county. Clemson was an NCAA All-American track and field athlete in 2007 at Penn State.

The Discussion Meet is hosted by OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals – singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.


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Learn more about the Discussion Meet contest



Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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