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Together with Farmers for the next generation

Feeding today’s youth with agriculture education, experiences and opportunities

Educating today’s youth

Through county programs and strong partnerships with FFA, 4-H and other youth-focused organizations, Ohio Farm Bureau helps young members and their communities learn about the importance of Ohio agriculture by providing educational resources and hands-on experiences.

County Farm Bureaus have been leading the effort to bring the farm to hundreds of students in Carroll, Cuyahoga, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties through the Farmtastic Agventures series. The series gives teachers and students a way to meet farmers and learn about where their food comes from. Through Google Hangouts video technology, schools are provided an affordable way to take classrooms on virtual field trips to learn about dairy, bees, Christmas trees, apples, pork production, soil and water, and more.

Last summer, Jefferson County Farm Bureau planned a Merit Badge Day for its local Boy Scout Council. A group of members worked together to meet the merit badge requirements for four merit badges that relate to agriculture: soil and water conservation, surveying, farm mechanics and animal science. The event assisted 40 scouts in connecting with leaders in agriculture and natural resources.

Getting into classrooms to give kids an up close and personal look at agriculture was the goal of Auglaize County’s Agriculture in Your Backyard program. More than 700 students and all five county FFA chapters participated in the 2016 event. Volunteers were active participants in agriculture-related school projects, provided virtual and live farm tours to classrooms and engaged students in activities that taught them about their food and how it is grown.

Want to help your kids step away from the screen and get their hands dirty this spring? Here are some suggestions for easy-to-grow crops for kids.

Experiences and opportunities for young members

Your membership dollars help prepare Ohio’s young adults to become tomorrow’s strong, conscientious leaders. Here are recent spotlight articles about Ohio Farm Bureau’s young members who are making a difference in communities across Ohio.

One of our “sweet” young members, Bethany Carlson, became a beekeeper before she started high school and served as a Williams County Farm Bureau board member when she was only 20 years old. Now she runs her own business, Liberty Honey, in northwest Ohio and works to help Ohio farmers keep bees coming back to pollinate their crops every spring.   

Your membership supports Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program which provides engaging experiences to attract young professionals to a future in agricultural related fields. Make sure to connect with the YAP Facebook page to stay up to date on opportunities.

Each month young Farm Bureau members are invited to share their agriculture story through Ohio Farm Bureau’s Growing our Generation series. With membership dollars we dedicate resources to share their inspiring stories and to support their efforts through the series.

Nearly 40 students from across the state of Ohio gathered in Columbus for the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge in March. Students met with state legislators to share ideas on public policy and how to better the community.

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Shannon Powell Rodocker is an Our Ohio contributor.