Welcome to Marion County Farm Bureau’s member spotlight blog! Every month, Marion County will feature spotlight blogs on board members and new members so you can get to know them a little better.
Our monthly spotlight blog features Marion County Farm Bureau’s board trustee, Margo Long. Long grew up in both western Pennsylvania and Holmes County, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication. She also received a master’s degree in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband, Nathan, reside in Waldo with two sons, Liam and Mason. She is a 4-H educator with OSU Extension in Marion County. Get to know Margo better by reading the interview below.
Meet Margo Long
How long have you or your family been in farming?
Growing up in Holmes County, my family was very active in the 4-H program and raised sheep, cattle and goats. Now, my husband farms with his boss in Delaware County.
Why did you decide to work with 4-H?
Many people have the perception of the 4-H program that it is all about the county fair and showing livestock; however, it is so much more. Youth participating in the organization have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through projects, club activities, 4-H camp and other trips, while learning valuable life skills that carry them throughout their life. Having the opportunity to work within the very program that instilled those valuable skills when I was a child is such a blessing.
What do you love about being a 4-H educator?
To answer this question, I could write a book. I can be a part of something so rewarding. I love my job because I get to see the smiles on 4-H members’ faces when they go to 4-H camp, and see them accomplish a goal through project judging. I also love having the opportunities to work hand in hand with caring adults to help develop life skills for tomorrow’s leaders.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? What do you see as the biggest benefit?
I think it is essential that people know where their food comes from. Much of my involvement with Marion County Farm Bureau has focused on agricultural literacy. I had the opportunity to help organize the organization’s first Ag Day in the Park last fall. Events like that, and especially Film on the Farm, get families involved in learning about agriculture, why farmers follow the practices they do and giving them the opportunity to experience agriculture in ways they may not have elsewhere.
What is your position on the board and what is your favorite part about your position?
When we moved to Marion County a few years ago, I immediately knew I wanted to get involved with Farm Bureau. I jumped in head first, too. I have been the secretary since joining the board and it allowed me to actively participate and learn more about the county’s organization.
Life Outside of Farm Bureau
If you could go anywhere…
If I had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, I’d immediately think of Europe or even Australia. Just having the opportunity to go someplace new and experience a different culture would be an eye-opening experience. But, as a Buckeye fan, I would absolutely LOVE to attend the next time the Ohio State Buckeyes make it to the next National Championship game.
What hobbies do you have when you’re not working?
The free time I do have is spent with my family and friends. Our sons love going to Newport Aquarium, so that has turned into an annual summer trip. I may sound crazy, but going to graduate school was considered my hobby for several years as well.