By Eric Reed, AgriPOWER Class IX participant

On July 14, 2017, the ninth AgriPOWER class gathered for the first of seven sessions that will focus on intensive training in leadership, policy development, and advocacy. Twenty-three individuals from all parts of the state with a variety of ag industry backgrounds spent these two days learning all about each other. This group is diverse in every sense of the word, which makes for great conversation and learning. We spent the session learning more about Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide Insurance and focused on developing our own personal strengths as leaders. We heard from Adam Sharp and other members of the OFBF cabinet, toured Nationwide Insurance across the street and listened to many other great speakers throughout the two days.

The Strengthsfinder 2.0, emotional intelligence workshop and Myers-Briggs personality activities presented by Lindsay Calvert, from AFBF, were definitely a highlight of the session. We were able to see people work and think in different ways to accomplish the same goal. It is important for leaders in agricultural to understand people operate in their own unique ways. In this diverse industry, this is certainly something to remember.  

While learning all about each other and ourselves, I really enjoyed our leadership discussions. I look forward to implementing the “Building Strong Communities” project. Over the coming months, everyone will be working towards developing a plan to address an issue in their respective communities. This session was a great foundation to build on!

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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