Focusing on our strengths

AgriPOWER Class VIII is about to wrap up with our final session; during the past seven sessions our group of 24 has had the privilege of growing together as a group and as individuals. As an agriculture professional, I have the opportunity to be included in numerous professional development training activities, but this experience has been one of the most rewarding programs I have participated in.

During our sessions we focused on becoming better employees and learning more about ourselves. I recognize that I have strengths and weakness, and rather than working on my weakness I will build on my strengths. Every session touched on some aspect of agriculture outreach; how can I tell my story so that the public has a chance to understand the agriculture community better?

AgriPOWER has been a commitment of time and energy. The sessions are packed with speakers and information. There is homework; sometimes before and after class, and in order to get the most out of the class and sessions, it is important to actively participate within the session and in the outside requirements. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with a group of people that did give it their all in the class.

During this program, we had the opportunity to travel within different areas in Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Georgia. We learned about local, state and national government and policy. We were given numerous chances to put into action things that we learned and trained for during our class sessions.

My greatest take away was the charge to become better within our own circle; whether that means to become a better volunteer, lead a new outreach effort or take on new responsibilities within our career. It is important to grow and focus on our strengths and I am thankful for the opportunity to take this class and spring into action.


Jessica and J.L. Draganic live in Jeffersonville, Ohio with their children Amelia (3) and John Arthur (1). They have a cow/calf operation and raise corn and soybeans. J.L. works for Ricketts Farm Inc. and Jessica is an agriculture lender with Heartland Bank.

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