Emerging Ag Leader Initiative of North Central Ohio

Are you looking to take that next step in professional development in agribusiness and farming?  Are you new to farming and agribusiness?  Recently out of college and looking to improve your network? Curious how to make a difference in your community?

If you answered yes to any of these you should sign up for the Emerging Ag Leadership Initiative of North Central Ohio. After identifying a need within the area to develop community and leadership development skills for the new and upcoming ag professionals, Crawford, Marion and Wyandot County Farm Bureaus developed this program to improve leadership skills, increase community ag awareness and foster a sense of community engagement within north central Ohio. 

Attend three or all six sessions for a discounted rate. Scholarships available to employees of Farm Bureau’s business group members  Call the county office at 800-327-6055 to sign up or for more information.


Three Fall Sessions at $50 per person

Three Winter Sessions at $50 per person

All six sessions at $75 per person ($100 per couple)

Attend one session for $25

Up to five scholarships for each group membership (only redeemable with a three sessions commitment) 


Sponsoring Partners:

Crawford, Marion and Wyandot County Farm Bureau



Each session will begin with a light breakfast and networking with area agribusiness leaders from 7:30 am to 9 am. Sessions will run from 9 am until about noon.

Fall Sessions

Aug. 21, 2015Diversity in Area Agribusiness Ag Credit Foyer, Marion – Host Libby Bender

Reps from POET Marion – Duane McCombs

Central Ohio Farmers Co-op 

Hords Livestock – Janel Hord

RS Hanline -Cody Grandamin

Field Component: Tour of new Morral Co. Fertilizer Plant and NACHURS plant


Sept. 18, 2015Consumer EngagementHoliday Inn, Bucyrus – Host Rose Hartschuh

Jennifer Osterholt, Ohio Pork Council

Ken Ruprecht, United Soybean Board Engaged Speakers Bureau and Center for Food Integrity

Field Component: trip to Coopers Mill to meet with the owners, then to PIckwick Place 


Nov. 20, 2015Board and Leadership DevelopmentShotzy’s Viceroy Room, Upper Sandusky – Host Kayla Weaver

Kathy Grasz, Upper Sandusky Area Chamber of Commerce 

Chip Nelson OFBF

Dr. Paul Johnson, Crawford Unlimited Leadership program


Dates, Locations and Topics for Winter Sessions 

Jan. 15, 2016  Personal Brand, Social Media and Blogging – Marion

Feb. 19, 2016  Risk and Financial Management – Bucyrus 

March 18, 2016  Policy and Grassroots Advocacy – Upper Sandusky 



Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.