Aaron and Sarah Heilers both believe in the motto that “The world is run by those who show up,” saying it is very important for them to be actively involved in their community to show that the younger generation is willing and able to step up and lead.
Tell us about yourselves:
Aaron was raised on a small farm raising goats for 4-H projects. He attended Ohio State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He is the nutrient management technician at the Auglaize County Soil and Water Conservation District. Sarah was raised on a grain farm. She attended Ohio State University and graduated with an agricultural education degree. She is an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Anna Local Schools. We have two boys, William (2 years) and Elijah (1 year). We grain farm 80 acres on Aaron’s family farm as well as have a 1 acre commercial wine grape vineyard. We raise hogs for freezer pork and occasionally dairy steers for a local farmer.
How have you found a fit within Farm Bureau?
Sarah’s family was part of a community council for many years so she has fond memories of growing up in the Farm Bureau organization. That involvement, as well as both our backgrounds in agriculture, encouraged Aaron to get involved with the county board. Once started, Aaron became actively engaged at the local level as well as the state level. The leadership opportunities provided by Farm Bureau have been extremely valuable.
How are young agricultural professionals having an impact on Farm Bureau?
Without young ag professionals becoming involved in the organization, we believe Farm Bureau will no longer exist as we now know it due to the trends in membership. We are excited by the increased involvement by young agricultural professionals in local organizations, on state committees and conferences. This shows that the younger generation is willing to participate if given the opportunity.
Are you involved in your community in other ways besides Farm Bureau?
Aaron is a director on the Shelby County Agricultural Society, a member of the Anna Young Farmers and on the Shelby County Republican Party Central Committee. He also serves on the Wright State Lake Campus Food Science Advisory Committee. Sarah serves on the Shelby County Women in Agriculture Steering Committee as well as the Wright State Lake Campus Agriculture program Advisory Committee. Both of us are volunteers at our local Catholic Church.
Explain your involvement with Shelby County Farm Bureau.
Aaron has served on the local board for six years and has served as county president for the past three years. He has also been involved in public policy issues and the membership campaign. We are in a community council with other young agricultural professionals as well.
Watch a video of the Heilers family.