Discussion Meet finalists

2015 Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet finalists named

For Immediate Release

February 3, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Four finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2015 Discussion Meet. They are Elaine Beekman of Wellington, Andy Korb of Oxford, Elizabeth Long of London and Jennifer Wilson of Jenera.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. These young agricultural professionals will compete in the finals at the Young Agricultural Professionals’ Summer Reach Out Conference June 27 at Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy.

The finalists were named after a preliminary competition at the annual Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Conference in Columbus where they discussed topics impacting the agriculture industry.

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

The finalists will compete for a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance and an expense-paid trip to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 10-13, 2016.

Beekman is a lifelong Lorain County Farm Bureau member, the 2015 membership coordinator and has served on several committees and in other positions. She is a science teacher at Ashland County – West Holmes Career Center and a volunteer with 4-H, FFA and Oberlin Project’s local food and agriculture committee. She and her husband raise hay and straw and dairy and meat goats.

Long is a Madison County Farm Bureau member where she serves as the communications action team leader. She also is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program Class V. She has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. Long is an agriculture and community loan officer with Merchants National Bank.

Wilson is a long-time Hancock County Farm Bureau member. She is a financial services officer for Farm Credit Mid-America in Delphos and previously worked as an organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties. She is a eighth generation farmer, raising sheep and beef cattle on 200 acres with her family in Hancock County.

Other contestants in the Discussion Meet were Adam Garman of Frankfort, Andy Korb of Oxford and Whittney Bowers of Amanda.

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. To learn more or to get involved, visit ofbf.org.


CONTACT: Joe Cornely

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PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured left to right is Elaine Beekman, Jennifer Wilson, Andy Korb (semi-finalist) and Elizabeth Long.