Brenda Mescher

By Brenda Mescher, AgriPOWER Class IX participant

In session 1 of AgriPOWER we learned about our personalities and strengths and how to employ them as leaders. Session 2 built on this knowledge and focused on communication in various forms.

We learned about blogging and podcasting from Callie Wells. Joe Cornely of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation coached on speaking with the media. Melanie Wilt shared advice on speaking in our own voice and Dr. Leah Dorman shared the importance of building trust in communication. Jack Irvin briefed the class on current issues and Kirk Merritt of the Ohio Soybean Council shared information about exports and trade.

We also toured an ethanol plant, Stateler Farms, one of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms, The University of Findlay Animal Science Building and Equine Farm and the Christmas trees at Kaleidoscope Farms. The days were packed full of informative and valuable information.

It is hard to pick a favorite part of this session; however, the bright spot for me was winning the chip shot contest during the golf lessons. The lessons were a chance to learn golf skills and interact with fellow classmates.

Theodore Roosevelt was quoted more than once throughout the session, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  I think this is the key to engaging your audience in the conversation. Having this shared value is more important than providing facts and figures.

My perspective has forever been changed because of these two sessions. It is now so very clear to me when communicating that the “Why” of what I do is far more important than the “what” that I do.

Thank you Ohio Farm Bureau for this awesome opportunity!

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

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