2021 has been called the year of change and for Knox County Farm Bureau, 2021 has been the year to jump in and be a part of that change.

Earlier in the year, Knox County Farm Bureau President Sam Fawcett, who is also a 4-H advisor, found himself in a conversation with the 4-H Extension staff about changes coming to the 2021 Knox County Fair. He immediately asked, “What can we do to help?” and was told about the remodel project of the Junior Fair booth building.

Knox County Junior Leaders then were invited to the next Knox County Farm Bureau board of trustees meeting to pitch their idea. Their vision of a community- centered area with games, displays, a phone charging station and in general a place for fair exhibitors to hang out between shows was well received by the Farm Bureau board and a commitment to the future was made.

On Saturday, June 24, 2021, the contribution was made official with a check for $5,000 presented to the Knox County Junior Leaders to fulfill their vision in 2021 and into the future. 

“We’re helping to support and recognize future generations of those that care to step up and do something for the betterment of the world around them. Agriculture and more importantly Knox County in general will certainly benefit from lending a hand to their efforts,” Fawcett said.

In addition to supporting the Junior Leaders, Knox County Farm Bureau in partnership with Kari Ball Nationwide Agency with help from Farm Credit Mid- America and The Ruckman Group provided a free T-shirt to all 4-H and FFA members. These bright yellow shirts stating “I believe in the future of agriculture” are already being seen all around the fairgrounds and throughout the community.

The Knox County Fair runs through July 31 in Mount Vernon and will feature the livestock auction on Thursday, July 29.

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

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