Meet a New Preble County Farm Bureau Trustee

Amanda Badger is a new Preble County Farm Bureau board trustee. She operates Wild Hearts African Farm & Petting Zoo in Lewisburg. It is a USDA-licensed educational agritourism farm that focuses on wildlife conservation and education. Amanda’s farm is home to over 40 animals and 27 different species. She is passionate about helping other agritourism ventures navigate zoning issues. She  routinely assists farmers throughout Ohio by sharing challenges, resources and solutions. Amanda is married to her husband of two years, Brian Badger, a British conservationist. He was working in Africa with local farmers and wildlife when they met abroad. Amanda and Brian enjoy live music and taking long walks with their dog, Peanut. Amanda’s passion and drive will certainly lead the way for a successful journey as a trustee in Preble County.

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

Advocacy
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