Ashley Phillips

Phillips selected to participate in elite agricultural leadership program

Ashley Phillips of Warsaw 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.

Phillips is program director of the Knox County Health Department. She and her husband operate a 75-acre hay farm, and she helps with her family’s agronomy crop service business. She’s active with the Coshocton County Farm Bureau board and Knox County 4-H Planning Committee board. She’s a volunteer with the United Way and American Red Cross, Danville High School FFA and Teen Advisory Council.

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 TrustCargillOSU Extension Delaware CountyOhio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, members of AgriPOWER Class XSouthern Ohio Ag and Community Development Fund and Farm Bureaus in ClintonCoshoctonDelawareFayetteFranklinFulton and Knox counties.

For additional information about AgriPOWER, visit


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