Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team

Young Agricultural Professionals leaders named

For Immediate Release

September 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team: Liz and Matt Funderburgh of North Lewisburg, Terri Specht of Chickasaw, Ashton and Kyle Walls of Mt. Vernon and Karl Wedemeyer of LaRue.

As team members serving two-year terms, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.

Liz and Matt Funderburgh are members of Union County Farm Bureau, where Liz serves as board treasurer and organization action team leader. They have 800 acres of corn and soybeans and operate a 1,200 head swine nursery. They also sell seed for Pioneer. Off the farm, Liz is a loan officer for Farm Credit Mid-America.

Terri Specht is a Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member, where she has served on the board as secretary. She is a swine veterinarian with Minton Veterinary Service, a Four Star Veterinary Service partner. After graduating from Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, she was a mixed animal practitioner in Sugarcreek for two and a half years prior to her current position. When available, she also helps on her family’s farm where they have 2,400 hogs, cattle, sheep and 100 acres each of corn and hay.

Ashton and Kyle Walls are Knox County Farm Bureau members where Ashton has served as treasurer, secretary and communication action team leader and Kyle has served as membership chair. They have a small, start-up cattle operation and off the farm Kyle works as a sales district manager for Monsanto, and Ashton is a project coordinator at Rolls-Royce Energy Systems. Both are involved in Knox County 4-H and county fair.

Karl Wedemeyer is a Marion County Farm Bureau member where he serves on the board and as policy development chair and Young Ag Professionals chair. He has a herd of 110 dairy cows and 74 acres of corn, which he rotates with rye in the winter. He has an associate’s degree in dairy science and a bachelor’s degree in animal science.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To get involved contact Melinda Witten at [email protected].


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