2020 New YAP state committee members

The Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee has welcomed new members John and Sarah Bolte of Tiffin, Nick and Bailey Elchinger of Malinta, Jaclyn Krymowski of Homerville and Jonathan and Alyssa Zucker of Marion.

The committee is composed of eight members or couples who suggest, develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young farmers and ag professionals to be more involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs. Duties include planning the yearly YAP winter leadership conference and hosting Young Agricultural Professionals in a variety of in- and out-of-state events.

Committee members are selected based on Farm Bureau involvement, leadership potential and community service. Four new couples or individuals are appointed each year.  They join second-year members Megan and Tyrone Brannon of Stone Creek, Jess and Adam Campbell of Waynesville, Hannah Jarvis of Homeworth and Kameron Rinehart of Jeffersonville.

John and Sarah Bolte are starting their own farming operation in Seneca County, raising corn and soybeans. They have grown and sold pumpkins since 2017 at a roadside farm stand. Additionally, they renovated their historic bank barn and began hosting weddings there this year. John is head trader for Seneca Trading LLC, a grain and commodity trading company, and Sarah is finance director for Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber. John is a member of Ohio AgriBusiness Association, serving on the Membership Committee and Grain and Feed Task Force. He is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER leadership institute Class XI. Sarah served on the Cultivating a Cure fundraiser planning committee in 2019. 

Nick and Bailey Elchinger row crop farm and bale hay and straw in Henry County. Bailey is a regional director with StoneX in Bowling Green where she assists farmers and grain elevators with commodity price risk management. Bailey is a past Discussion Meet finalist, serves on the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Grain and Feed Committee and leads in the 4-H program. The Elchingers are involved in Sacred Heart Church and are the parents of two children.

Jaclyn Krymowski of Medina County is the calf care supervisor for STgenetics’ Ohio Heifer Center facility. She also is a freelance agricultural writer and has a blog. She has been involved with the dairy industry since college and with goats since childhood. She has a small herd of about 10 registered Alpine and Nubian dairy goats, using the milk to make soap and fudge. In addition, she is a Franklin County 4-H adviser and serves on the Franklin County 4-H Horse Advisory Committee. This year, she was a first-time 4-H goat judge in Holmes County. 

Jonathan and Alyssa Zucker of Marion County farm with Jonathan’s grandfather on their family corn, soybean, and sweet corn operation. Alyssa works at Stansbery Seed and Service as a bookkeeper. Alyssa and Jonathan also are actively involved in her family’s farm. Jonathan is a graduate of AgriPOWER Institute Class X, a 2020 Murray Lincoln award winner and is an elected member of the Marion County Republican Central Committee. They are active participants in Marion County Farm Bureau and are members of Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers and Ohio Soybean Association. They are involved with Marion Christian Center and Buckeye Ridge Habitat for Humanity.

Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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