Ohio AgriPOWER Class VII at the Ohio Statehouse

Farmers have a great headline – AgriPOWER Class VII Session 4 blog

by Jenny Meyer of Bloomingburg, AgriPOWER Class VII participant

We had the opportunity to hear State Sen. Bob Peterson speak at our fourth AgriPOWER session held in Columbus this month. Senator Peterson led a great discussion about spreading our message.

“Farmers have a great headline,” he said. “We’re so busy doing the farming and raising a family that we don’t tell people what we’re doing.”

Yes, very good point!  Being a young farmer with young children, sometimes we get so caught up in the daily chores and homemaking that we do forget to spread our message. Senator Peterson is an eighth generation farmer in Fayette County and he is telling his story through his work in local government. How am I going to tell my story?  

The first place I’m going to start is at work. Tim Hicks, Ohio Farm Bureau business development field director, spoke to our class about Farm Bureau’s group membership initiative and it made me think about all the opportunities I would have to share my story while getting the business involved. If you think about the hours you’re away from the farm and family at a full-time job, it’s the perfect place to hold a captive audience and get them involved.  

“A great benefit for the businesses would also be community involvement” Hicks said.  

I work for Cargill, and we’re always looking for ways to be more involved in the community so what better way than through a group membership with Farm Bureau.

The most recent farm bill was at the forefront of every farmer and agribusiness mind. Farm Bureau played a role in providing information with every step of the bill. As a farmer who also works for a company closely tied to grain crops impacted by the farm bill, this was beneficial because it was valuable information from a valuable source in a world where you can “Google” anything.

I’m looking forward to following through with telling my story and getting my business involved.    

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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.


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