Ohio Farm Bureau seeking AgriPOWER leadership program participants

Applications for Class IX of AgriPOWER, a leadership and advocacy development program, are now available and due April 14. Twenty individuals will be selected to participate in AgriPOWER.

Topics covered during the seven multi-day institute programs will include public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture.

Two of the institute sessions will be held out of state, one in Washington, D.C. and the other location will be decided at a later date, to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues. The sessions will encompass 17 total days. Download the program brochure for complete details about the AgriPOWER program.

You should apply for AgriPOWER Class IX if:

  • You want to improve your understanding of current issues and develop the skills necessary to lead and become and advocate for agriculture.
  • You have a passion for agriculture and see yourself in a leadership role in the future.
  • You are interested in the political process and/or have thought about running for office.
  • You are open to new experiences and learning.
  • You can commit the time necessary to participate in the program.


SESSION 1 | JULY 14-15
Program orientation and getting to know Farm Bureau.
Personal strengths finder assessment, evolving leadership
development and public speaking training.

SESSION 2 | AUG. 17-19
Location: To Be Determined
Power and role of the media, spokesperson training,
changing nature of communications, social media, and
Ohio trade and export issues.

SESSION 3 | SEPT. 12-14
Washington, D.C.
Power of organizations, Farm Bureau’s process, national
and international issues, trade, demographics and federal
government basics.

SESSION 4 | NOV. 16-17
Up close look at state government, working with statewide
elected officials and politics and etiquette.

SESSION 5 | JAN 19-20
Location: To Be Determined
Local (township and county) government basics, local
economic development, energy issues and water quality.
Leading and understanding change, activists and advocacy,
divergent views, attacks on agriculture and food.

SESSION 6 | FEB. 22-24
Location To Be Determined – Southern State
Out of state agriculture tour. Explore current issues in
food, agriculture, and the environment in another state.
Gain a first-hand perspective of agricultural facilities,
businesses and Farm Bureau’s role in another state.
Explore ways for Farm Bureaus to work together.

Service opportunities to get engaged in agricultural
organizations, local organizations and Ohio Farm
Bureau. Review business structures and transitions.
AgriPOWER graduation.

Class VIII Blogs

Participants in Class III are writing blogs about their experience:

Session 4: Living the suite life, by Ryan Conklin

Session 4: Surprised, impressed with AgriPOWER’s agenda, by Jessica Draganic

Session 3: Mr. Smith, er Mr. Green, goes to Washington, by Dave Green

Session 3: My experience with Farm Bureau in Washington, D.C, by Carly Ratcliff

Session 3: Learning about trade, farm bill, by Nate Bair

Session 3: Partaking in the political process, by Seth Middleton

Session 2: Working as a team to move forward, by J.D. Winteregg

Session 2: Becoming effective communicators in agriculture, by Racine Ramsey

Session 2: Gaining insight from great ag producers, by Andy Hollenback

Session 1: Agriculturalists at heart, by Linda Ayers-Louiso

Session 1: ‘Leadership is influence,’ by Nathan Vandenbroek

Session 1: Sharing a passion for agriculture, by Jan Shannon

Session 1: Introductions, exploration, reflection, by Tracy Emrick

List of Class VIII participants