2018 Youth Capital Challenge

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering on the 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge program, giving teens the opportunity to get involved in issues affecting Ohio communities and take part in a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities better.

In Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, youths ages 14 to 18 from around the state discuss community concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.

Following an initial kickoff meeting in Columbus in March, the 41 youth selected for the challenge were assigned to teams. The teams continued to meet to work through a public policy issue of their choosing and present their solution.

The following four teams are semi-finalists and will be competing for cash prizes in the finals during the Ohio State Fair. They are pictured clockwise:

Team 1: Whitney Bauman, Carlie Cluxton, and Bonnie Simpkins, all from Adams County

Team 4: Olivia Langwasser and Madison Withrow, Delaware County and Cori Lee and Aubrey Moser, Union County 

Team 6:  Cassidy Vanderveer, Fulton County and Megan Mawhorter, Emilie Fisher and Reegan Kehres, Lucas County

Team 8: Andrew Moyer, Clinton County, Shelby Nicholl, Logan County and Kyra Davidson, Clermont County.

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2017 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners

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

Advocacy
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