AgriPOWER Class VII session 7 blogs

AgriPOWER Class VII participants traveled to Columbus one final time for the last session of Class VII that focused on how to use their experience in the future, what comes next, building community and volunteering at Highland Youth Garden. Learn more about the final session in blogs from Class members Elaine Beekman, Kayla Jones and Mandy Way.

“I saw a change in me during the program. I saw a change in my classmates. But I look forward to seeing how we continue that change because AgriPOWER really isn’t over. Our graduation wasn’t really the end – it’s just the beginning.” ~ Elaine Beekman, Lorain County.

“We have covered all aspects of government, learned about all types of agriculture and learned more about who we are and what we bring to the table. All of this was brought together in session seven and tied AgriPOWER up into a nice, neat bow ready for us to take to the next level and implement into our counties and Ohio Farm Bureau.”  ~ Kayla Jones, Licking County.

“We take with us a revived passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge for the industry, and an understanding of how just one person can truly make a difference.” ~ Mandy Way, Pike County.

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.