Each year, Ohio Farm Bureau employs 20 to 25 individuals as State Fair Ambassadors at the Land and Living Exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building. These individuals are from across the state and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Through this spotlight series, I hope to shine a light on some of our best and brightest that are beginning their journey as a young professional in agriculture. ~ Haley
Name: Courtney Heiser
Hometown: Attica, Ohio
High School / College: Seneca East / Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute
Major: Ag communications
Favorite Commodity: Wheat
Favorite Fair Food: Fresh-squeezed lemonade
What interested you about becoming an ambassador?: There are many reasons I was interested in becoming an ambassador! I love meeting new people that share my passion for agriculture, and I also enjoy “Ag”vocating for the industry that allows us to survive!
What is your background in agriculture?: I was born into a farming family that raises corn, soybeans and wheat. I was also actively involved in FFA for the past four years, where I participated in many CDEs, and even served as chapter president.
Why is it important engage with the public about agriculture?: Many people tend to overlook the importance of this industry that allows us to survive: agriculture. Wear clothes? Agriculture. Eat food? Agriculture. Live in a house? Agriculture! Everyone should be literate about the ag industry!
How does being an ambassador impact your future goals?: In my future career, I would like to work with marketing/ public relations at an agricultural cooperative or company. I believe serving as an Ohio Farm Bureau Ambassador will provide me with a great experience that will kick-start my career in ag communications.