Krysti Morrow

At the end of September, AgriPOWER Class XII, most county presidents and Young Ag Professionals from around the state of Ohio descended on our nation’s capital to discuss the most pertinent issues facing agriculture right now. We heard from or met with nearly all of our state’s elected officials through in-person or virtual meetings to share our stories about each of the issues and help them understand just what each might mean for the future of our farms and agribusinesses.

Although we had very informative briefings from American Farm Bureau, USDA and the Senate Ag Committee employees and members, some of the most meaningful and memorable information about the topics came from the other Ohioans on the trip with me.

Each day, I met with new Ohio Farm Bureau members who each, through their own experiences, were experts on a topic that is challenging our industry as we know it. I sat with a YAP member who is a wealth of knowledge on broadband infrastructure in rural areas and what is, or isn’t, being done with the stimulus money ear marked for rural broadband. County presidents who shared their past experiences on the trip and within their counties helped me gain valuable insight into how diverse Ohio Farm Bureau truly is.

Many of the presenters from our briefings shared that we as a group could not have come at a better time. Washington, D.C. is just starting to open up again since the beginning of the pandemic and in many cases, we were the first in-person group they have seen. On top of being the first people they’ve seen, we were in D.C. at a crucial time for Congress and many pieces of legislation they are working to pass. It was no secret that much of the work being done on Capitol Hill right now is full of tension and each side of aisle or lobbying group feels that they are doing what is best for the country and their constituents. Isn’t it amazing that our Founding Fathers designed our government so that we would have to have these in-depth, hard conversations – going back and forth what seems like endlessly – about where our country is going? I find it amazing.

AgriPOWER and YAP members at Arlington National Cemetery.

A highlight of the trip outside of our congressional meetings was the rich history Washington, D.C. has to offer. A nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments as well as our stop at Arlington National Cemetery were moving and inspiring. All of this while getting to know my peers within Ohio agriculture made this trip one I’m not likely to forget anytime soon.

As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
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Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

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Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
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Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
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Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

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Through its policies it brings together people in the agricultural community and invests in building vibrant communities that support agriculture.
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Eric Bernstein

Kalmbach Feeds

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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, D.C.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

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