AgriPOWER Class VII in Washington, D.C.

A trip to Washington with AgriPOWER Class VII

A few weeks ago, 30 Young Agricultural Professionals and 18 members of AgriPOWER Class VII traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. The trip agenda included discussions with American Farm Bureau staff about their work and current agricultural policy issues at the federal level, meetings with congressional members or their staff, a visit to the New Zealand Embassy and to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read excerpts from three AgriPOWER Class VII participants followed by photos and links to more about the trip as shared by the participants!

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

“We were able to meet with Congressman Tiberi for a few minutes and he seemed very interested in what we had to say and heard our concerns. We later found out that he brought up our discussion about taxes in his Ways and Means committee meeting later that day.”


Josh Henderson of New Concord blogged about how he learned you truly do have a voice in Washington.

“It really shows the true value of your membership and how an organized group of likeminded people are so effective in playing a part in policy decisions. These legislators want to hear our personal story, but it’s because we represent so many more just like us back home that they take the time to listen.”


Heidi White of Lebanon wrote about the opportunities this trip provided her.

“I had only been to Washington, D.C. one other time prior to this trip, in the eighth grade. Never before have I had such awesome opportunities as I did with AgriPOWER on our recent trip to D.C. along with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals.”


See photos and tweets shared by participants during their time in D.C.

The yearly Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER Institute trip to D.C. was a bit hit with lots of learning about issues,…

Posted by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals on Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Posted by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals on Thursday, September 17, 2015

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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.


Callie Wells 

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