AgriPOWER Class VII learns about local government in fifth session

AgriPOWER Class VII participants traveled to Tuscarawas County in January to study local government including township and county government as well as school board and funding. They also toured local agricultural operations and toured areas of oil and gas production. Two members of the class shared their experiences in blogs. Read them below.

As a farmer, I am pleased to learn the work Ohio Farm Bureau is doing to help fix the issues with the current CAUV formula. Year in and year out, property taxes remain one of the larger expenditures that a farmer incurs. Aid in making sure we pay our fair share, and not more than our fair share, can mean the difference in a “good” year and a “bad” year. ~ Jeff Adams, Urbana


As we end our time in AgriPOWER, it is up to us to become strong agriculture advocates. We have been given the tools and information to find where we can make a difference. Local governments and schools can be a great way to start. My classmates and I are finding our strengths and will go make things happen. ~ Shelly Detwiler, Marysville

Apply for Class VIII by April 15

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.


Callie Wells 

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