Brittany Nemeth

By Brittany Nemeth, AgriPOWER Class IX participant

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program and entered the program last July with anticipation and curiosity. Never could I have imagined the experiences, industry insights and emotions that this program has brought to me.

My leadership skills were tested and refined as we broke down our strengths and pushed ourselves to be influencers within our communities. The process and channels through which we communicate was challenged and enriched. I’ve developed a strong curiosity for social media marketing as I grow my personal farming endeavor and brand.  

We’ve been able to travel throughout the state to gain a deeper understanding of Ohio agriculture as well as the opportunity to visit with our legislators in Washington D.C., to share our personal experiences with farming. Our out-of-state trip took us south in February, where I learned of the opportunities and struggles our farm friends in Florida encounter within their unique industries.

Throughout the past nine months, I’ve been immersed with a group of ag professionals with a common goal of supporting and growing Ohio agriculture. This is where the emotions really come to light. We started off as strangers, quickly became friends and then grew as a family as we made this journey together. I cannot recommend this program enough to emerging agriculture leaders. The skills, experiences and relationships cannot be replicated nor replaced. I look forward to utilizing the knowledge I’ve gained, continuing my involvement in Ohio Farm Bureau and will cherish the lifelong friendships I’ve made along the way.

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland 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
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
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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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