Ohio Farm Bureau's 2015 AgriPOWERClassVII

AgriPOWER Class VII session one with Vicky Shaw, Angela Shoemaker

See a list of Class VII participants here.

The next session will be held Aug. 13-15 in southwest Ohio where the session will focus on effectively communicating with policymakers, stakeholders, industry professionals, consumers and public; explore important issues facing the Ohio ag industry; and gain a first hand perspective of agricultural facilities and businesses in Ohio.

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII participant Angela Shoemaker of Louisville discussed her experience in the program’s first session and learning to step out of her comfort zone.

“This was a great experience and we received a lot of tips from how to organize a speech to how to stand in front of a crowd. For me, it was the most impactful part of the session. I am not as comfortable with speaking in front of a crowd as I would like. The public speaking session will be put to good use. In my career I do have to get up in front of large groups of folks to present about my employer, Weaver Leather; this will help me to be better prepared with more of a flow to my speech that will be easier for the audience to follow.”

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII participant Vicky Shaw of Medina discussed her experience in the program’s first session learning about her strength and picking up public speaking tips.

“Everyone who went through the first session can return to their personal lives and careers with a better understanding of why we do things the way that we do, how we interact with others, and why other people behave in ways different from us. This type of self-awareness training can increase our own effectiveness in working and interacting with others. I know that I have already put these new understandings to use. Most importantly, we have set our class approach to be that of building on our own strengths to make the most progress, rather than trying to force ourselves to make weaknesses into strengths.”

Apply for AgriPOWER Class VIII by April 15.

Read more from other AgriPOWER Class VII participant

Session 1 blogs

Vicky Shaw discussed her experience in the program’s first session learning about her strength and picking up public speaking tips.

Angela Shoemaker discussed her experience in the program’s first session and learning to step out of her comfort zone.

Session 2 blogs

Chris Kick blogged about interacting with the media and being an effective spokesperson.

Sara Campbell wrote about using storytelling in conversations with consumers and visiting Turner Farms.

Session 3 blogs

Josh Henderson blogged about truly having a voice in Washington.

Libby Bender shared her experience meeting with the authors of the EPA’s WOTUS rule and meeting with her congressman.

Heidi White wrote about learning more about trade at the New Zealand Embassy.

Session 4 blogs

Lara Staples wrote about learning what state government and the people who run it are really like.

Stephanie Leis blogged about the speakers from session 4 and their connection to agriculture.

Jenny Meyer discussed inspiration to share her story more.

Session 5 blogs

Jeff Adams blogged about learning more about tax law and CAUV.

Shelly Detwiler wrote about local government, school funding and oil and gas production.

Session 6 blogs

Matt Schlegel wrote about some of the  peanut and cotton harvesting equipment the class saw on their trip to South Carolina.

Steven Ruggles shared what he learned about vegetable farming in South Carolina and the similarities and difference between vegetable farming and grain farming.

Jami Willard of Columbus wrote about the whirlwind tour of South Carolina’s agriculture that Class VII experienced.

Session 7 blogs

Elaine Beekman of Wellington blogged about this final session not being the end of the learning from AgriPOWER.

Kayla Jones of Newark wrote about volunteering at Highland Youth Garden during the final session.

Mandy Way of Chillicothe blogged about her experience in AgriPOWER reviving her passion for agriculture.


Meet other Class VII graduates.


AgriPOWER is an elite training program designed to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture.

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Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.