I am a member of OFBFs AgriPOWER Class VIII. Over the past eight months we participated in seven dynamic leadership development sessions. From classroom experiences like strengthening our personal skills, to experiential opportunities to places like Washington, D.C., our time together has been rich and valuable!

AgriPOWER is a program specifically focused on the agriculture industry to build strong community leaders – and it works! If you are so inclined to take your career or passion for agriculture to the next level, this program is an excellent starting point. For me, there was no light bulb flashing, no anvil dropping on my head, but immediately after session one, I noticed subtle, but impactful, changes in my decision making, confidence and point of view.

Each session met its objectives with learning and doing activities. We discovered our personal strengths by participating in exercises like the Myers-Briggs, Strength Finder and Emotional Intelligence assessments. We began by learning our personal strengths and how to improve those on our path to leadership. As an INTJ (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging) type, I really enjoyed the classroom time and personal development work. I love learning and I am always working toward self improvement.

Through numerous field trips and speakers, we learned about the inner workings of Ohio Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau. We explored the power and process of policy creation in our industry. We witnessed this in real-time by visiting Washington, D.C. and the state capital in Columbus. A true attribute of Farm Bureau is that it grew from real, grassroots democracy in action! AgriPOWER brought this to life for me. I have a background in political science, so the Washington trip was an incredible experience for me, and it truly highlights the collective power of Farm Bureau!

We visited many amazing farms and agribusinesses during our journey. I can’t pick a favorite, but what I will say is that through AgriPOWER I discovered the enormous amount of diversity in agriculture, both in the people and the agribusinesses. This diversity is powerful. It is what feeds our world and it’s what makes our industry so important – so noble! It’s easy to look at what makes us different and use that to divide us, but I can clearly see now that what makes us different is exactly what should unite us, because no matter how different we are, like wild flowers in a meadow or pigs in a litter, we share our roots in agriculture and in the land we farm.

I am so grateful to Farm Bureau to have had the opportunity to be part of this program.

Through its policies it brings together people in the agricultural community and invests in building vibrant communities that support agriculture.
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Eric Bernstein

Wyandot County Farm Bureau

Future employees, leaders
As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Policy Development
If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
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Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

Hansen's Greenhouse
Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
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Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
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Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

Event Calendar
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington, D.C.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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