Devin Trout from Franklin County is the editor of the Dec. 23, 2019 Growing our Generation enewsletter, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.
Hey! I’m Devin; thank you for taking the time to read my blog today!
A little bit about me: I grew up on a small hobby farm outside of Findlay. I quickly developed a love and passion for agriculture through my years in FFA. Once graduating high school, I made my way to Ohio State where I majored in agricultural communications with a minor in human and animal interactions. I met my husband Brian at Ohio State and we recently bought a house in Columbus where we also have the two cutest dogs on the planet, Finn and Ava.
Growing up on a small hobby farm I always knew I wanted to do something with agriculture. When I was younger I often thought I would be a vet, but after realizing I do not have the necessary stomach of steel to be a successful veterinarian I moved on from that short-lasted dream.
I began my love of livestock with goats, which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to start out in the livestock industry. Goats are relatively easy to care for and handle. After two years of showing goats, I moved on to cattle. I fell in love with the industry and pictured myself working somewhere within this field, maybe as a feed representative, breeder, etc.
While starting my career in showing livestock, I also started my journey into FFA. FFA held open so many opportunities for me and my passion for agriculture. Not only did I develop many friendships along the way, I also discovered I kind of like public speaking, which not many can say. I participated in Extemporaneous Speaking multiple years, Livestock Judging, Parliamentary Procedure, leadership events and held many offices in my chapter.
As graduation quickly approached I knew communicating agriculture was something I was destined for, so agricultural communications at The Ohio State University was where I was headed. After college I had the opportunity to accept a marketing position with the Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union County Farm Bureaus. In my role I am responsible for creating e-newsletters, managing social media, and coordinating events, etc. I also help manage, design and photograph a magazine owned by Franklin County Farm Bureau, called Edible Columbus.
Working for Farm Bureau has opened many new opportunities, the first one being Young Ag Professionals. The Central Ohio Farm Bureaus had been lacking a county YAP group for some time now, and a group of peers and I decided to revive it. We started with a planning meeting to cover our goals of the group and then held a kick-off event for anyone interested in joining. Since then, we have had a craft beer seminar and hope to have a small one-day conference in the near future.
I also have had the chance to be accepted into AgriPOWER XI. If you aren’t familiar with AgriPOWER, it is an elite leadership program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals. This yearlong program focuses on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry. It helps individuals develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture. Check out my blog post after the first session.
Ohio Farm Bureau has helped fill a void of belonging to a group since being involved with FFA. I highly encourage everyone to become active with Ohio Farm Bureau at a county level and participate in as many leadership developing programs as you can. We all can do better and be better; let’s start with agriculture.