Learning about the Ohio Farm Bureau-Nationwide partnership — AgriPOWER Session 1 blog

The first session of AgriPOWER IX got off to a great start at the Ohio Farm Bureau offices in Columbus.  The session began with introductory presentations from each class member that detailed their connection to agriculture, and it was interesting to see all the different ways that people can be involved in our industry.  

We toured both the offices at Ohio Farm Bureau and the historical archives of the Nationwide Insurance Company. It was fascinating to learn the history of Nationwide Insurance and how it began business as the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. While in the archive “vault,” we were able to view the original ledger that detailed the first policy sold by the company. Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide still have a strong partnership with several Ohio Farm Bureau members serving on the board of directors for Nationwide Insurance.  

Prior to our meeting we all took the StrengthsFinder assessment to determine our top 5 talents. By focusing on your strengths, you can begin to accomplish much more than by spending lots of time trying to shore up your weaknesses. Because everyone has different strengths, it was interesting to discuss each other’s results and figure out ways to work more collaboratively with those individuals.

There are 6 more sessions left in Agripower IX and I am looking forward to learning about different ways I can promote agriculture.  Our next meeting is in Findlay where we will tour an ethanol production facility, as well as the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network.  


JD Bethel of Mechanicsburg is an agronomic consultant for Integrated Ag Services and helps his parents on their corn and soybean farm. He is a member of Champaign County Farm Bureau.

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