Richard Maxwell of Glenford recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class XI. The elite leadership program was started in 2008 to help agricultural advocates gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses and communities.
Maxwell is a lieutenant with the Hopewell Township Fire Department. He and his wife, Margo, have a Polypay sheep and registered cattle operation. He is president of Perry County Farm Bureau, a 4-H advisor for Champion Drive 4-H Club, supervisor for the Perry Soil and Water Conservation District, FFA alumni member and public relations coordinator for the Hopewell Township Firefighters Association. He is also a honeybee enthusiast.
Over the course of a year, Class XI participants learned from experts on how to become better leaders and advocates for the agricultural industry, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking and communications. They learned about public policy matters important to their local communities, as well as the state, nation and world. They visited Washington, D.C. where they learned about national and global issues, and they visited diverse agricultural operations in Louisiana so they could better understand the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state.
In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER XI partners include Cargill, American Farmland Trust, Franklin County Farm Bureau, Clinton, Coshocton, Delaware, Fayette, Fulton, Knox County Farm Bureaus, Southern Ohio Ag and Community Development Fund, Ohio State University Delaware Extension, OFB Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council and the OFBF Water Quality Grant Program.
To learn more about the AgriPOWER program, visit ofbf.org/agripower.
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Editors: A high-resolution photo of Mr. Maxwell is available for download.