Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Outreach Fellowship Program

Hello, my name is Micaela Wright and recently began working as part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s new Policy Outreach Fellowship Program.

I grew up in Arcanum, Ohio (Darke County) where my family always had a garden and encouraged my three brothers and me to be involved in 4-H. I was a 10 year 4-H member and helped my family start raising Shetland sheep.

While working toward a bachelor’s degree in sustainability at Wilmington College, I was able to get involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau.  In conjunction with my major, which I was able to focus on agriculture and political science, collegiate Farm Bureau gave me the opportunity to learn and get more involved in the agriculture community in many ways, such as advocacy trips to Washington, D.C.

Since then, Farm Bureau has helped me grow professionally and personally through the opportunity to participate in the Young Ag Professionals conference, the Discussion Meet competition, and the Young Farmers and Ranchers Fusion conference recently held in Pittsburgh. Now, as the Policy Outreach Fellow at OFBF, I am excited for the opportunity to gain experience related to what I would like to do in the future and to support Farm Bureau members along the way.

The fellowship program is a new and exciting initiative for Farm Bureau. It will both provide pathways to leadership for young agricultural professionals, and work toward the organization’s mission of forging partnerships between farmers and consumers.  The yearlong program is research-intensive, but also features educational opportunities to help participants grow their skill set as professionals in the field of food production and agriculture.

Last week, I was part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s staff who worked at the state FFA Convention.

I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for me as I work #togetherwithfarmers to build partnerships with consumers.