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One of the sessions of the 2020 Virtual Farm Science Review was held by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, as their team focused on the Value Chains in Food and Agriculture. Our Ohio Weekly host Ty Higgins moderated that session as the panel talked about how corn, cattle, pork, milk and other sectors have adjusted to reduced ethanol production, lower prices and supply chain logistics due to COVID-19 and what the current financial situation looks like.

00:00 – Ben Brown, assistant professor of professional practice in Agricultural Risk Management, talks about how the ag economy has been impacted by COVID-19.

16:50 – Dr. Ian Sheldon, professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy discusses the impact of the coronavirus on the global marketplace.

23:50 – Meet the 2020 National Miss Agriculture USA, Ava Lonneman, “To the Beat of Agriculture”.

32:20 – Sarah Black, Great Lakes Ag Labor Services interim general manager and director of business operations at Michigan Farm Bureau, shares details about Ohio Farm Bureau’s newest member benefit.

42:20 – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose explains the deadlines coming up for those wanting to be involved in the 2020 elections.

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
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

Business Solutions
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
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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

Advocacy
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