Paige Hunt

AgriPOWER Class XII kicked off in Columbus, Ohio on July 16, 2021. Session one focused on our personal development. We took a deeper dive into our personal strengths as well as our emotional strengths to encourage personal growth through the program.

On day one, we got an inside look at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s offices in Columbus. We also met with OFBF staff who gave us some insight on their day-to-day operation. Their passion for the Farm Bureau’s mission was both powerful and inspiring.

Elise Stoddard from American Farm Bureau Federation led three workshops. The first was Strengthsfinder 2.0 based on our Clifton Strengths. This workshop focused on capitalizing on our current strengths. In the second workshop, we focused on our emotional intelligence. We dove into what it means to be emotionally intelligent and how we can develop these skills for use in daily life. Lastly, we took some time to work on public speaking. Elise’s workshops were engaging and informative. I really enjoyed her presentations.

We had two other speakers in session one. Marlene Eick gave us an excellent presentation on defining leadership. She explained the levels of influence we have and how they may look different in all aspects of life. Marlene also encouraged us to continue growing that influence. Katy Endsley led us through an etiquette dinner. I was surprised to learn how many points of etiquette I was (and wasn’t) using. She made the dinner relaxing and enjoyable without any pressure to perform perfectly.

In conclusion, session one was a successful kickoff for AgriPOWER Class XII. Our small class of eight learned a lot of important information about ourselves. As we move through the rest of the sessions, I’m excited to see our growth as leaders in the agriculture industry.

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
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
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
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
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
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

Advocacy
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