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10 groups receive YAP grants

Eight local Young Agricultural Professionals groups and two Collegiate Farm Bureau groups have been awarded $500 grants for educational programming or events.  

The local grants are a part of Farm Credit Mid-America’s $100,000 donation to Farm Bureau young leader programs in their four-state region of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.  A portion of the funds donated to Ohio is being used for the local grants program.

Focus on Your Future

Focus on Your Future is a first-ever event, sponsored by the Crawford and Wyandot County Young Ag Professionals. The event is designed to connect high school seniors in the two counties with industry representatives to raise awareness of local jobs available in agriculture and related fields.

Young Family Farm Connections

This event is for young families to connect with other families and learn about topics of interest, all while having fun. This is the fifth annual event, but the first time Morgan County Farm Bureau has hosted it. The event includes an overnight stay, activities for children, and sessions including Nationwide speaking about succession planning, Farm Credit Mid-America talking about business plans and balance sheets, OFBF policy staff speaking about the importance of legislative engagement, a naturalist, and goal setting.

Wayne County Young Farmer/Young Ag Professionals Kick-off event

The goal is to organize an event that will bring interested young agricultural professionals in Wayne County to a common meeting place and discuss what Farm Bureau is and what a Young Ag Professionals group could look like. This county has had a YAP group in previous years and there is interest in re-starting the Young Ag Professionals group in the county. Fifty people have already expressed interest in getting involved.

Tuscarawas River Watershed Conservation & Enhancement Education and River Float

The Tuscarawas River Water Trail Paddle will be a six-hour long event that combines education and outdoor recreation with the goal of increasing awareness of water quality. Young Ag professionals will canoe a seven-mile stretch of the Tuscarawas River bordering Stark and Tuscarawas counties. Rural Action and collaborating partners will provide a guided paddle for 50-60 participants. The education portion of this event will help participants understand their connection to the larger watershed and water quality through the identification of tributaries and riparian areas.

Outstanding Four County FFA Chapter/ 4-H Club

Henry, Williams, Fulton and Defiance County Young Ag Professionals, pictured above, will award the top two FFA Chapters or 4-H clubs in their four county region. These clubs/chapters will be judged on their community involvement, awards received, club activities, member involvement, as well as other accomplishments. The goal is to help promote both the 4-H and FFA programs in those counties. The winning chapter or club will have a display at the local county fairs which will help the visibility of Farm Bureau and the Young Ag Professionals groups.

Land as your Legacy

Medina County Farm Bureau and the Medina County Young Farmer/Young Ag Professionals group will collaborate on an event open to all active and young active members focused on Land as Your Legacy estate planning. The event would be in partnership with Nationwide Insurance.

Huron County YAP Start Up

This program is designed for all young farmers and farm enthusiasts ages 18-35 to come together to create a social group. The group will meet multiple times a year to have events that are focused on agriculture education, awareness, and bettering their own operations plus facilitate social networks and community connections.

Mercer County YAP March Meeting

During the March YAP meeting, Mercer County had a guest speaker discuss succession planning. A large majority of members are in the process of transitioning into the family farm and/or family business and are unsure the best way to go about doing so. Knowing all of the options and communicating with an expert can prove to be very beneficial for both the parents and the child in setting up succession plans.

Farm to Fork Round Table

Farm to Fork Food Round Table is an educational forum designed to bring Ohio State University students together from various backgrounds for an evening of dinner and constructive discussion. The event provides the opportunity for students of agricultural and nonagricultural backgrounds to communicate with each other and learn about hot topics in the agricultural industry and formulate a more positive perspective on agriculture.The event also allows Ohio producers to share their knowledge with the student community, as well as explain and discuss controversial topics in a respectful environment. Hosted by Ohio State University Collegiate Young Farmers.

Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience Scholarships

The Winter Leadership Experience will be promoted to Wilmington students. Members who would like to attend will reach out to their county Farm Bureau first for sponsorship. If their counties do not provide financial support, they will be eligible to receive this scholarship. Members who choose to attend will be encouraged to select sessions that will benefit them and their influence within the Wilmington Collegiate Farm Bureau. The following week, a meeting will be held on campus so those who attended can share their experience and what they have gained from the conference.

To get involved with Young Agricultural Professionals, locate a group near you or contact a county Farm Bureau office.

Photo: Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams Counties YAP.

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Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.