By Craig Pohlman, AgriPOWER Class IX participant

Farm Bureau has afforded me the opportunity to visit my leaders in D.C. several times as president of my county Farm Bureau. In September I got to go on one of their other trips. The AgriPOWER leadership class that I am in joined Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals in a 3-day whirlwind tour of our capital and most importantly, some lobbying for our industry.

Advocating 101, monument and memorial tours, embassy visits and issues briefings from American Farm Bureau — we certainly had as much packed into our days as they could find the minutes for. Armed with everything that we learned, each of us got the opportunity to visit with our congressman or one of his aides.

Speaking of these aides, did you know that the world is kept organized and on time by a whole bunch of 20 somethings working their tails off to serve our country and their congressman and senators? I always find it fun to chat with these men and women when possible because they are constantly getting phone calls or visitors into the office.

Whether or not you agree with everything your representative in Columbus or Ohio is up to, I highly encourage you to get involved, get in contact with them and let them know how you feel. All I ask… remember that they are people too, and we all deserve a little respect even in disagreement. And if it is one of these fine young aides that you get to talk to, trust me they care, and they get a lot of anger. Try the respectful approach with discussion; they enjoy talking to other people about issues — especially when they are treated like people too!

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Eric Bernstein

Wyandot County Farm Bureau

Future employees, leaders
As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Policy Development
If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
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Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

Hansen's Greenhouse
Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
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Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
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Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

Event Calendar
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, D.C.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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