AgriPOWER Class VII session 2 blogs with Chris Kick, Sara Campbell

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII met for its second session which focused on social media, blogging, media relations and connecting with consumers. They also toured Consolidated Grain and Barge, Motz Turf Farm and Turner Farms. Two class members, Sara Campbell and Chris Kick, blogged about the experience. Excerpts and links to their full blogs are below.

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

“There is much to learn and practice, whether you work in the communications field, as I do, or whether you’re just getting started. This session helped to show that nobody is complete, and we can all improve our communication skills with time and practice.”


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

Communicating authentically is a huge hurdle for agriculture today and it takes all of us to bridge this gap. We were challenged to have three conversations within the next three weeks with consumers removed from agriculture today, and I challenge you to do the same!” 

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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.