Welcome to Wyandot County Farm Bureau’s first trustee spotlight! Every month, we will feature spotlight blogs on board members so you can get to know them a little better.
Our first spotlight blog features Wyandot County Farm Bureau’s board president, Kayla Weaver. Kayla was born and raised in Upper Sandusky, Ohio where she graduated from high school. She obtained a degree in agricultural communications in 2011 from Ohio State University and returned to her hometown. To learn more about Kayla, read her interview
Why did you decide to work in agriculture? I’ve been around agriculture my whole life and couldn’t imagine cutting that connection. My day job consists of working with Payne & Brown Insurance to offer property and casualty insurance like farm, home, auto and commercial policies and running my own crop insurance agency. In the insurance industry I get to work with farmers to protect their farms, homes and businesses. It’s fun getting to know them and learn about their farms and an honor whenever a client chooses to do business with me. On the side, I’m freelance writer/designer/photographer, contracted with the Ohio Soybean Council and other small projects.
What is your involvement/what do you like about farming? I grew up on our family farm southwest of Upper Sandusky and still help my dad and brothers on occasion when things are busy. Growing up on a farm gives you an understanding and appreciation of the world around you and an experience that you really can’t find anywhere else.
Why do you think it is important to know where your food comes from?
Many people take the food on the store shelves (and the process of getting it there) for granted and don’t understand how much science and work and risk is involved in farming.
What is the biggest challenge facing agriculture?
With a vast majority of the population being so far removed from the farm, it is harder for the public to relate to farm practices and we must be transparent and proactive to foster understanding instead of criticism.
Besides Farm Bureau, how are you active in the community? In addition to Farm Bureau, I am a 4-H Club adviser, serve on the Upper Sandusky and Riverdale Ag Ed Advisory Boards, the Junior Fair Advisory Board, and am a member of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia at Transfiguration of the Lord Catholic Church.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? Farm Bureau gives me the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and work to promote and defend the agriculture industry. The biggest benefit of Farm Bureau is the legislative work being done on behalf of the industry in Columbus and Washington, D.C. Farm Bureau gives a united voice. There are so many smaller diverse sectors of agriculture, but the impact is greater when we come together.
What Farm Bureau programs are you most active in? I am an alum of the Farm Bureau Youth Program having served on the State Youth Committee and represented Farm Bureau on the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. I’ve continued to be active in the county helping with various events and served a two-year term on the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Committee including a year as committee chair. I’ve continued to attend YAP events and served on the county board several years before becoming Wyandot County Farm Bureau president in 2016.
What are your hobbies besides farming? Outside of work and Farm Bureau, I enjoy photography, traveling Ohio to meet up with friends from Ohio State and channeling my creativity into crafts, baking and fun with family including my four (soon-to-be five) nieces.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I have enjoyed traveling the U.S. and seeing the diversity in the landscape and agriculture from state to state, but would like to travel more internationally with Ireland being at the top of the list!
Stay tuned to meet more of your county Farm Bureau trustees!