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Bender selected for intensive agricultural leadership program

For Immediate Release

July 22, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Libby Bender of Prospect is is one of 19 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected for the 2015-2016 AgriPOWER class. AgriPOWER is the Ohio Farm Federation’s elite training program designed to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues facing agriculture and the food industry.

Bender is employed by Ag Credit as an agricultural lender. She earned a degree in agribusiness and applied economics from Ohio State University in 2013 and is the 7th generation on her family’s small grain farm. She is a Marion County Farm Bureau board member, River Valley FFA Advisory Committee member and a 4-H volunteer.

AgriPOWER training covers local, state and federal public policy topics. Leadership training helps class members develop important skills necessary to becoming effective leaders and advocates, 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, and another program will be held out of state to learn about differences and similarities in agriculture state to state.

“There is a need now more than ever for trained leaders to take the food and farming industry to the next level,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER coordinator. “This is really the purpose of AgriPOWER; they are trained to be the future leaders and advocates for agriculture.”

OFBF launched the program in 2008. In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Farm and Dairy, Cargill, Ag Credit, AgriPOWER alumni, and Farm Bureaus in Brown, Fayette, Licking and Union counties.

For additional information about AgriPOWER, visit ofb.ag/agripower.

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CONTACT: Melinda Witten

PHONE: (614) 519-8761

E-MAIL: [email protected]

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