AgriPOWER Class VIII final thoughts

Twenty-four farmers and agribusiness professionals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute Class VIII. Started in 2008, AgriPOWER is an intensive, yearlong leadership training program that helps participants develop important skills so they can become effective community leaders and advocates for agriculture. Over the course of the year, they learned about local, state and federal public policy topics important to the agricultural and food industry. Sessions took place in Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Georgia.

Several class members shared their experiences, what they learned and how they grew personally and professionally as a member of AgriPOWER Class VIII. Applications for Class IX are due April 14, 2017.

Linda Ayers-Louiso, AgriPOWER: One of the greatest leadership events I have experienced

Nate Bair, Developing the next generation of leaders

Ryan Conklin, Fun, but not done

Paul Dorrance, What I found at Ohio Farm Bureau surprised me

Jessica Draganic, Focusing on our strengths

Charlie Ellington, Advocate for agriculture

Tracy Emrick, A rich, valuable experience

Britta Fenstermaker, Coming together to promote agriculture

Jerri Furness, Grassroots is the heart of Farm Bureau

Bennett Musselman, Taking an in-depth look at ourselves, agriculture

Rita Myers, Building on my ag background

Racine Ramsey, Various student viewpoints welcome

Jan Shannon, Building unity in agriculture

Macy Staggs, Standing up for agriculture, with confidence

J.D. Winteregg, The power of networking