Brad Weaver of Wyandot County is a sixth generation farmer from Upper Sandusky. His family raises wheat, corn, and soybeans as cash crops and uses a wide variety of cover crops on their farm.Read More
There is always a lot to take in at the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. Plenty of educational seminars, resources for new and beginning farmers and an abundance of networking opportunities. At the event last weekend in Cincinnati, attendees also got some education and advice from a panel of more seasoned farmers, including Steve Hirsch, a fifth-generation owner of Hirsch Fruit Farm in Ross County, as well as a board member for Nationwide Insurance and Rose Hartschuh, an Ohio Farm Bureau board member who operates a dairy and raises grain crops, alfalfa and cover crops in Northwest Ohio. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear some of their advice to younger farmers.
00:00 – Hirsch and Hartschuh talk about their current farming operations and the road from when they started their careers to where they are now.
16:50 – Hirsch and Hartschuh discuss some of the new ideas they brought to the farm when they first started and what a plan for the future looks like.
23:50 – On this edition of “To the Beat of Agriculture”, hear from the recipient of the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd of the Year Award. Learn how Roger Cox comes from a long line of sheep herders and how his children are already picking up the mantle from him.
32:20 – Hirsch and Hartschuh share some of the challenges they have seen throughout their career and how important networking is to their success.
42:20 – Hirsch and Hartschuh cover some of the barriers that young and beginning farmers may experience and who influenced them the most in their careers.
I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.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.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.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.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.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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
More than 500 Farm Bureau members took part in the 2023 winter conference, where they enjoyed networking, expert sessions and inspiring messages.Read More
Local County Young Ag Professional groups to host a fun night out for family tubing fun!Read More
Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Stacie Anderson of Wood County is the winner of the 2023 American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award.Read More
Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Mike Hannelwald of Lucas County is the winner of the 2023 American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.Read More
Luke and Kayla Durbin, Carly Fitz, Tim and Sarah Terrill and Greg Williams are the newest members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee.Read More
The correlation between agriculture and the equine industries is not hard to find. Farmers provide for the horses and, in turn, those horses are a major draw at county fairs.Read More