My name is Allison Knief and I am the Auglaize, Logan, Mercer, Shelby, and Union counties’ Farm Bureau Intern for 2016. I currently live in Logan County on a grain and beef farm where my family and I farm about 1,200 acres and raise about 150 beef steers. I went to Indian Lake High School and am now attending Wilmington College, where I am studying animal science, with a concentration of animal nutrition and a minor in business administration. While attending college I am also very involved with extracurricular activities, such as Aggies and Collegiate 4-H where I hold the office of president of Collegiate 4-H. I will be graduating from college in December 2017.
I am very excited to work for Ohio Farm Bureau this summer. I have many goals that I would like to accomplish. One of my goals is to become more involved in the different counties’ events that are planned for this summer. Another goal that I would like to achieve is help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and inspire them to be more involved in their local communities and to help support farmers. As a member of the Farm Bureau I think it is very important to promote and teach people about the Farm Bureau and what it is all about. I hope to be able to achieve these goals that I have set for myself this summer.
There are many upcoming events that I am very excited about attending this summer. Already I have had the pleasure to help teach around 300 students at the Safety Day Camp in Auglaize County and at Waynesfield Goshen Schools at their Ag Day.
In Logan County, I am very excited to help plan and put on the event “Farm to Fork” where people are able to enjoy a meal prepared with some of Logan County’s finest local produce. Another event that I am very excited to help with is the Raingarden Project where we are partnering with the Indian Lake Watershed, a local 4-H club, and the Soil and Water Conservation District in constructing a rain garden on the Indian Lake bike path.
Another project that I am looking forward to is the multi-county Young Ag Professionals Event with Mercer and Auglaize counties. Union County is very busy with many events throughout the summer such as “Strawberry Picking and Wine Tasting” at Mitchell’s Berries, Shooting For a Cure, where the Union County Farm Bureau and the Richwood Gun Club help to promote gun safety and help raise money for cancer research, and different Farmers Market Demos.
Shelby County is just as busy with Conservation Day Camp, which is a three-day camp for about 125 children anywhere from second to fifth grade. Another exciting event is going to be the Shelby County Farm Tour.
I am very excited to be attending all of these future events. Ohio Farm Bureau will present at many county fairs promoting all the benefits that the Ohio Farm Bureau has to offer. This summer is going to be a great opportunity and I am very excited and blessed to be able to experience all of the many great events.