Charlie and Casey Ellington, Stark County, 2020

Casey and Charlie Ellington of Stark County have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for a two-year term. The YF&R Committee is composed of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States. Committee members are responsible for program planning, which includes the coordination of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s convention each January, and the Harvest for All program, which is a nationwide food drive program.

National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus.

The Ellingtons most recently served as chaircouple of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Committee. They own and operate Ellington Farms, raising beef, pork, chicken, hay and grain crops, balancing direct to consumer and commercial sales. Charlie is the director of feed sales at Heritage Cooperative. Casey is the executive director for the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Both are graduates of Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive leadership institute AgriPOWER. They have three children.

The Ellingtons will be the fourth Ohio YAP members to serve on the national committee (in a row). They succeed Latham and Katie Farley, Brad Heimerl and Greg and Theresa Corcoran.

“Ohio Farm Bureau could not be more proud of the Ellingtons as they represent our young professionals at the national level. We grow great leaders through Farm Bureau, and Charlie and Casey have made the most of the opportunities available through our organization,” said OFBF President Frank Burkett III.

“Casey and Charlie have been involved at the county level for years. Charlie is a board member and serves on various committees. Casey has been our membership campaign chair, county fair building chair and has helped on many more committees. They both give back to the Stark County Farm Bureau constantly and are seen as strong leaders for our county Farm Bureau. They will be a great additions to the AFBF YF&R Committee,” said Nick Kennedy, organization director for Stark County Farm Bureau.

Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. The group includes full- and part-time farmers, OSU Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, former Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members, FFA and 4-H alumni, farm media communicators, livestock and equine enthusiasts, seed representatives, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more. 

Upcoming YAP involvement opportunities

Ohio Farm Bureau members ages 18-35 with an interest in serving on the 2022-2023 Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee should apply by May 7.

Ohio Farm Bureau offers two contests for members ages 18-35 to showcase their leadership journey, professional experiences and farming involvement. Applications for both the Excellence in Agriculture and Outstanding Young Farmer contests are being accepted through June 11 at noon.

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
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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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