Building strong communities — AgriPOWER Session 1 blog

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!


Eric Reed of Dresden works for Bell Farms Ag LLC, a farrow to finish hog and grain operation. He is a Muskingum County Farm Bureau board trustee, Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association board director and 4-H livestock sale committee member.

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