My name is Rachel Reichert and I am the Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby Counties’ Farm Bureau Intern for 2018. I currently reside in Mercer County and grew up on a family dairy farm were we currently milk 150 Holstein cows. Our family’s farm has been in our family for six generations.
I graduated from Marion Local High School in 2017, where I was very active in the Marion Local FFA program as well as the Cassella Buckeyes 4-H Club. I currently attend The Ohio State University- Agricultural Technical Institute, majoring in agricultural communications with a minor in dairy sciences. At OSU- ATI, I am actively involved in collegiate 4-H, Collegiate FFA, and Dairy Club and I plan to graduate in the spring of 2021.
I am very excited to work at Ohio Farm Bureau this summer. I am looking forward to working with many different counties to schedule events throughout the summer to promote and teach the importance of agriculture. As a member of Farm Bureau, it is important to show the community that we are actively engaged within each county.
This summer there are a lot of events planned throughout all four counties. The first event that I am excited to attend is Farm Safety Day in Auglaize County. Here I will have the opportunity to teach 4th and 5th graders from Minster and New Bremen schools about the importance of animal safety.
Another fun event that is planned for this summer is Farm to Table Dinner in Shelby County. This event is to showcase all of the food that is grown locally from farmers and families. Dinner will be provided along with local musical entertainment as well as a charity raffle to benefit the citizens of Shelby County.
In Logan County, the Farm Bureau is helping with Ag Celebration Day, which will be held at Indian Lake Schools. At this event, Farm Bureau and the Indian Lake FFA Chapter will be working together to educate the importance of agriculture to the third graders at the elementary school.
During the Mercer County Fair, Ohio Farm Bureau will be hosting the HOOF IT! Scavenger Hunt. At this event, children will learn agricultural facts such as what chickens eat or where they come from. The scavenger hunt will take place throughout the entirety of the fairgrounds.
I look forward to attending all of these events that are planned for this summer. I am also excited to promote the benefits of Ohio Farm Bureau in each county. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help such a great organization that supports the hard-working farmers and families in the agricultural industry.