Farm Bureau selects Discussion Meet final four

Four finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Discussion Meet. They are Shana Angel of Bolivar, Danielle Burch of Salem, Katie Lee of Magnolia and Micaela Wright of Arcanum.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. These young agricultural professionals will compete in the finals at the Young Agricultural Professionals’ Leadership Experience at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus Feb. 3 and 4.

The finalists were named after a preliminary competition at Ohio Farm Bureau’s Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum in Columbus where they discussed topics impacting the agriculture industry.

“The Discussion Meet contest is a meaningful opportunity for young ag professionals to strengthen their skills in working together to solve issues facing agriculture today. I look forward to watching these finalists compete at the finals in February,” said OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Coordinator Melinda Witten.

The winner receives a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, a Polaris Most Versatile Generator, an expense paid trip to the 2017 OFBF Annual Meeting Dec. 6-8 in Columbus and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF Annual Convention in January 2018 in Nashville.

Angel, a Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member, serves on the county board and is a member of the Young Ag Professionals committee. She and her husband, Jonathan, operate a produce and egg CSA, have registered Hereford cattle and collect honey. Angel, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics from Ohio State University, is currently pursuing her master’s in ag and Extension education at Ohio State. She is also a grain merchandiser at Agland Co-op, Inc.

Burch, a Columbiana County Farm Bureau board member, is a county action team leader and served on the OFBF Young Ag Professionals State Committee from 2013-2016. Burch earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mount Union and a master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University. She is a teacher and coach in United Local School District. Burch and her husband, Andrew, have two children and operate a 250-acre dairy farm in Salem, where she is a member of the Winona Fire Department Auxiliary and Hanoverton Church of Christ.

Lee, a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, works as a herdswoman, farm manager and calf-barn manager at Lee Dairy Farm with her husband, Joshua, and in-laws, Kevin and Connie Lee. She is involved with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program and is a member of Magnolia United Methodist Church. She and her husband have two children.

Wright, a Darke County Farm Bureau member, is currently a graduate student at Ohio State University working toward a master’s degree in public administration. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College in agriculture sustainability. She and her family, parents Mark and Melissa Wright and brothers, Andrew, Joshua and Nathan, raise Shetland sheep. She is also involved with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program.

The Discussion Meet is hosted by OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals – singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. Learn more about the Young Ag Professionals program at

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Caption: (l to r) Shana Angel, Katie Lee, Micaela Wright and Danielle Burch are the four finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Discussion Meet.