Applications for AgriPOWER Class X due April 20

Applications for AgriPOWER Class X, a leadership and advocacy development program, are now available and due April 20, 2018. Twenty individuals will be selected to participate in AgriPOWER.

Topics covered during the seven multi-day institute programs will include public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture.

Two of the institute sessions will be held out of state, one in Washington, D.C. and the other location will be decided at a later date, to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues. The sessions will encompass 17 total days. Download the program brochure for complete details about the AgriPOWER program.

You should apply for AgriPOWER Class X if:

  • You want to improve your understanding of current issues and develop the skills necessary to lead and become and advocate for agriculture.
  • You have a passion for agriculture and see yourself in a leadership role in the future.
  • You are interested in the political process and/or have thought about running for office.
  • You are open to new experiences and learning.
  • You can commit the time necessary to participate in the program.


SESSION 1 | JULY 13-14
Program orientation and getting to know Farm Bureau.
Personal strengths finder assessment, evolving leadership
development and public speaking training.

SESSION 2 | AUG. 9-11
Location TBA
Power and role of the media, spokesperson training,
changing nature of communications, social media, and
Ohio trade and export issues.

SESSION 3 | SEPT. 11-13
Washington, D.C.
Power of organizations, Farm Bureau’s process, national
and international issues, trade, demographics and federal
government basics.

SESSION 4 | NOV. 15-16
Up-close look at state government, working with statewide
elected officials and politics and etiquette.

SESSION 5 | DEC 14-15
Location TBA
Local (township and county) government basics, local
economic development, energy issues and water quality.
Leading and understanding change, activists and advocacy,
divergent views, attacks on agriculture and food.

SESSION 6 | FEB. 21-23
Location TBD
Out of state agriculture tour. Explore current issues in
food, agriculture, and the environment in another state.
Gain a first-hand perspective of agricultural facilities, businesses
and Farm Bureau’s role in another state. Explore
ways for Farm Bureaus to work together.

Service opportunities to get engaged in agricultural organizations,
local organizations and Ohio Farm Bureau. Review business structures and transitions. AgriPOWER graduation

2018–2019 TUITION
The tuition is $4,500 per person, plus each individual
is responsible for a $400 participation deposit. Tuition
includes lodging, meals, breaks, group travel and all course

List of Class IX participants