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Help plan next year’s Young Ag Professionals conference

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program is accepting applications for its state committee. The committee is comprised of 16 members who suggest, develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young farmers and ag professionals including planning the yearly leadership conference and hosting Young Agricultural Professionals in a variety of in- and out-of-state events.

An application process is used to select committee members and is based on Farm Bureau involvement, leadership potential and community service. Committee members serve a two-year term that begins at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in December and expires two years later at the Young Ag Professionals Leadership Conference in January. Four new couples or singles are appointed each year.

Applications are due to county Farm Bureau offices or regional supervisors by May 20.

To be eligible to apply for the Young Ag Professionals state committee, applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 34 and not have reached their 34th birthday before Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Current Ohio Farm Bureau member and active in county Farm Bureau.
  • Past participant in one or more of the following Young Ag Professionals activities:
    • Leadership Conference
    • Washington D.C. Leadership Experience
    • Excellence in Ag, Outstanding Young Farmer or Discussion Meet contests
  • From a county not currently represented on the committee.
  • May not participate in a Young Agricultural Professionals contests while currently serving on the committee.

Committee members are expected to be present at all meetings and activities conducted by this committee. Anticipated committee meetings are as follows:

  • One-day orientation meeting with all other new team members and leadership conference planning (Sept. 18, tentative).
  • Two days during the Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
    • Committee duties are finished after the Harvest Banquet on Thursday (Nov. 30-Dec. 2).
  • Young Ag Professionals Leadership Conference. The committee meets on Friday morning and returns home Saturday afternoon (Jan.27-28, 2017, tentative).
  • Optional –  Attend American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting (second year committee members only, January).
  • Optional – Attend the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference  (Feb. 11-13, 2017, Location TBD).
  • One day committee meeting to plan next Winter Leadership Conference. (Early March)
  • Optional – Attending the Young Ag Professionals Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience (second year committee members only, September 2017).

Download more information and the application for more.

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Meet current committee members

Second year members

Chair couple Matt and Liz Funderburgh

Co-chair couple Kyle and Ashton Walls

Secretary Terri Specht

Karl Wedemeyer

First year members

Greg an Theresa Corcoran

Eric and Shelly Prysi

Doug Toops

Jennifer Wilson

Callie Wells 

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