Editor’s Note: AFBF has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Young Farmer & Rancher Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the health and well-being of members, staff and their families and communities. As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Nine emerging leaders have been chosen to receive a scholarship from Ohio Farm Bureau to attend the 2020 Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference March 13-16 in Louisville, Kentucky: Emily Call, Jackson County; Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga County; Matt Vodraska, Wayne County; Kayli Long, Marion County; Ryan Patton, Hocking County; Deon Morter, Champaign County and Lynne and Joshua Schultz, Fairfield County.
The event will bring together 1,200 young leaders from across the country to learn, share and grow together to build a stronger Farm Bureau.
Featured speakers are American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, a third-generation farmer from Georgia; Gian Paul Gonzalez, a former NCAA First Team All-American forward from Montclair State University now founder and executive director of Hope + Future, an organization dedicated to using athletics and physical fitness to share a message of hope and striving for excellence in inner-city public schools and juvenile jails; and Jay Hill, who recently spoke at the Ohio Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. Hill started with 10 acres and a John Deere 4020 tractor and his operation has grown into a multilayer commercial operation of 18,000 acres with highly diversified crops in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. He actively advocates for the industry he loves on social media, using this platform to give a glimpse into the life of a farmer.
Break out session topics include ag marketing, telling your story, landing a job, advocacy, volunteer engagement, mental health, leadership, risk management, and farm economy. After the conference, Meghan O’Reilly will provide a blog about her experience.