Amanda Hill of Marion recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class X. The elite leadership program was started in 2008 to help agricultural advocates gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses and communities.
Hill provides leadership training through TurnKey Leadership Group and is a consultant for Groundwork BioAg, an Israeli-based agricultural company. She also works for J.M. Buck Farms as a combine operator, works at Sims Farm’s cattle operation and helps operate a greenhouse that is conducting seed research. A Marion County Farm Bureau member, she is active with local 4-H programs and her church youth group. She also is a member of the Soil Health Institute education committee and the Ohio-Israel Ag & CleanTech Initiative.
Over the course of a year, Class X participants learned from experts on how to become better leaders and advocates for the agricultural industry, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking and communications. They learned about public policy matters important to their local communities, as well as the state, nation and world. They visited Washington, D.C. where they learned about national and global issues, and they visited diverse agricultural operations in Arizona so they could better understand the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state.
Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class X were AgCredit of Mt. Gilead, Brown County Farm Bureau, Certified Angus Beef, Clermont County Farm Bureau, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Shoup Brothers Farm, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Fund and Wayne County Farm Bureau.
Applications are now being accepted for AgriPOWER Class XI. Deadline to apply is April 19. To apply and learn more about AgriPOWER, visit ofbf.org/agripower.
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Editors: A high resolution photo of Ms. Hill is available to accompany this story.
Amanda Hill receives congratulations from Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp.