Young Farmers in Washington DC

The Washington, D.C., Leadership Experience. You might wonder what that would have to do with agriculture. Let me explain a little bit about how it does.

It was a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where 120 Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents or vice presidents, along with Young Agricultural Professionals and AgriPOWER participants were able to meet with congressional representatives, hear from US senators, get issue updates from American Farm Bureau and also network with peers. As my first time participating, this trip was an amazing experience, to be on Capitol Hill advocating for issues important to agriculture.

The key issues we discussed were broadband, climate change, stepped up basis (capital gains taxes) and farm labor issues. One thing that impressed me as a Farm Bureau member was someone saying, “Ohio Farm Bureau was leaving D.C. in March 2020, when the door was closed on Capitol Hill due to COVID-19, and we were there in late September to open it back up.”

We were supposedly the biggest group to be in D.C. since the closure. Something that was different with this trip was that the presidents were not alone. We were joined by the YAPs (Young Ag Professionals) and AgriPOWER class. It was a unique experience and also a great mentoring opportunity, as I was with three other county presidents and two YAPs.

Concerns were voiced, and we heard from speakers from various platforms including the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture as well as USDA. I often hear that “farming doesn’t pertain to me,” so I don’t need to be a Farm Bureau member. Farming pertains to all of us for reasons we may take for granted. If you are a member, I want to thank you and let you know that this is one of the ways your membership is working for you behind the scenes.

Our voice is heard by numbers, and having the opportunity to advocate for our farmers was awesome.

If you would like information about joining Farm Bureau or would like more information about AgriPOWER or Young Agricultural Professionals, feel free to contact the office at 440-426-2195.

OFBF Mission: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

 

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

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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