Terri Specht of Johnstown is one of 23 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation to participate in the 2017-2018 AgriPOWER Institute.
OFBF launched AgriPOWER in 2008 as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry.
Specht is staff veterinarian for Heimerl Farms, Ltd. Her family raises cattle, hogs and grain crops. She is a Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member, coaches the county 4-H livestock judging team, co-assists with the county 4-H Quality Assurance Hog session, is a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and serves on the Pork Safety National Committee.
“Past participants in this program have really excelled at becoming effective advocates for the food and agricultural industries. But it’s much more than leadership training — class members bond with each other as they share their experiences in the workplace, community and home,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.
In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Agland Co-op, Bayer Crop Science, Champaign Premium Grain Growers, Farm Credit Mid-America, Mid-Ohio Development Exchange, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Pork Council, Pickaway Progress Partnership, Redline Equipment, Rider Landing, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Stark County Cattlemen’s Association, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation, Wyatt Insurance and Farm Bureaus in Franklin, Mercer, Muskingum, Pickaway, Stark and Warren counties.
For additional information about AgriPOWER, visit ofb.ag/agripower.
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