Editor’s Note: AgriPOWER Class XII has been canceled for 2020-2021.
In 2020, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will select 20 individuals to participate in AgriPOWER, a leadership and advocacy development program, which will consist of seven multiday institutes (17 total days). Applications are due April 20.
Topics covered will include public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become an effective leader and advocate for agriculture. Two of the institute sessions will be held out of state (one in Washington, D.C. and the other location will be decided at a later date) to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.
Candidates are those who:
• Want to improve their understanding of current issues and develop the skills necessary to lead and become an advocate for agriculture.
• Have a passion for agriculture and see themselves in a leadership role in the future.
• Are interested in the political process and/or have thought about running for office.
• Are open to new experiences and learning.
• Can commit the time necessary to participate in the program.
2020-2021 Session Outline
SESSION 1 | July 17-18 Columbus
Program orientation and getting to know Farm Bureau. Personal strengths finder assessment, evolving leadership development and public speaking training.
SESSION 2 | Aug. 27-29 Northern Ohio
Power and role of the media, spokesperson training, changing nature of communications and social media, and Ohio water quality issues.
SESSION 3 | Sept. 15-17 Washington, D.C.
Power of organizations, Farm Bureau’s process, national and international issues, trade, demographics and federal government basics.
SESSION 4 | Nov. 12-13 Columbus
Up-close look at state and local government, working with elected officials and politics and etiquette.
SESSION 5 | Dec. 18-19 Southern Ohio
Dive into issues and topics facing Ohio agriculture today and in the future.
SESSION 6 | Feb 24-27 Location TBD
Out of state agriculture tour. Explore current issues in food, agriculture and the environment in another state. Gain a first-hand perspective of agricultural facilities, businesses and Farm Bureau’s role in another state. Explore ways for Farm Bureaus to work together.
SESSION 7 | March 19-20 Columbus
Service opportunities to get engaged in agricultural organizations, local organizations and Ohio Farm Bureau. Review business structures and transitions. AgriPOWER graduation.
Tuition and application
The tuition is $4,500 per person, plus each individual is responsible for a $400 participation deposit.
Applications should be completed and returned to Ohio Farm Bureau postmarked by April 20, 2020. Ohio Farm Bureau will review the applications and select the 2020-2021 class. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status after May 4, 2020.
Meet Class XI participants.
Read Class XI session blogs.