For Immediate Release
August 27, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Whitehouse resident Wade Smith is one of 20 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2014-2015 AgriPOWER Institute. Smith runs Whitehouse Specialty Crops LLC, which grows greenhouse tomatoes and perennial flowers. He is vice president of Lucas County Farm Bureau and a participant in the Lucas County Ag/Econ Task Force.
OFBF launched AgriPOWER in 2008 as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry.
Topics covered include public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Specific sessions help class members develop important skills necessary to becoming an effective leader and advocate, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. One of the institute programs will be held in Washington, D.C. to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.
“The agriculture industry is constantly evolving and diversifying. Now more than ever, there is a demand for trained leaders to take the industry to the next level,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER coordinator. “This is really the purpose of AgriPOWER. AgriPOWER graduates are prepared to become the future leaders and advocates for agriculture.”
In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, AgriPOWER alumni, Wright & Moore Law, Kalmbach Feeds, Hydro Systems Co. and Farm Bureaus in Brown, Clinton, Franklin, Geauga, Licking and Muskingum counties.
CONTACT: Melinda Witten
PHONE: (614) 519-8761
E-MAIL: [email protected]