John Bolte of Tiffin is one of 17 farmers and agribusiness professionals who will be participating in Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2019-2020 AgriPOWER Institute. The goal of the elite yearlong training program is to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture.
Bolte is a grain and ingredient merchandiser for Kalmbach Feeds. He grew up on a grain farm, which he helps out with in his free time. Bolte is a member of Seneca County Farm Bureau and St. Mary’s Church and active with the local Young Ag Professionals.
During the course of the AgriPOWER program, participants will attend multiple sessions to learn about public policy matters important to their communities as well as the state of Ohio, nation and world. They will develop important skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. One of the sessions will take place in Washington, D.C. to give participants a better understanding of national and global issues and another out of state so they can learn about the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state.
“For more than 10 years, AgriPOWER has helped develop passionate and influential leaders who work hard to improve and preserve both agriculture and their local communities,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.
Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class XI are American Farmland Trust, Cargill, OSU Extension Delaware County, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, members of AgriPOWER Class X, Southern Ohio Ag and Community Development Fund and Farm Bureaus in Clinton, Coshocton, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton and Knox counties.
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