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
For this edition of Growing our Generation, I wanted to offer a reminder of the excellent programming and opportunities available to Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. If you are looking for leadership development, we have it. If you want to talk about the success of your farm or business, you can. If you want to brush up or develop your public policy acumen, there is a trip coming up this fall.
Below, I have shared a little bit about each program and how to take part. As always, contact the county Farm Bureau office if you have questions. Ohio Farm Bureau is passionate about cultivating the future of farming. We would love for you to get involved!
Young Ag Professionals State Committee
Young Ag Professionals State Committee members assist with creating educational and leadership development programs for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals. A total of eight positions are on the team, and a position may be filled by either a single individual or a married couple. Members serve a two-year term with four returning and four new positions each year.
Applications for the 2023-2025 committee are being accepted through May 13, 2022.
Excellence in Agriculture Contest
The Excellence in Agriculture award application is now available. If you work primarily off the farm and are a leader in Farm Bureau and the community, then this contest is for you. This award is designed to recognize successful young agricultural professionals (singles or couples) who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture, but do not have the majority of income subject to normal production risk. Applications are being accepted through May 13, 2022. To learn more about this award, be sure to register for the bi-weekly learning sessions.
Outstanding Young Farmer Contest
The Outstanding Young Farmer contest is also accepting applications for the 2022 award. The Outstanding Young Farmer contest is designed to recognize successful young farmers, age 35 or younger, for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. Applicants should have a majority of their income subject to normal production risks as well as ownership (or part ownership) of the operation/business. Applications are available online and must be submitted by May 13, 2022. To learn more about this award, be sure to register for the bi-weekly learning sessions.
Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience – Sept. 13-15, 2022
Young professionals with strong leadership potential are hand-selected each year to share their ideas with members of Congress, learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. The trip takes place each September and includes a visit with the young professional’s congressional representative, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you are interested in the annual trip.
Local YAP Grant Recipients
Each year Farm Credit Mid-America supports local YAP programming efforts by providing 10, $500 grants to local YAP groups. The following event was selected to receive $500 for the 2022 award cycle.
Earth Day | Ag Day is an annual event that the Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureau organizes. The purpose of this event is to educate attendees about the environment, agriculture and sustainability in a fun, engaging way. This year, the collegiate Farm Bureau will add a “pop-up park” fair, more broadly called PARK(ing) Day across the United States, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Members of the campus community will have the opportunity to reserve parking spaces on campus in which they can install “instant parks,” according to chapter adviser Corey Cockerill. Parks can include any non-permanent fixtures or features, such as lawn chairs, hammocks, yard games or concessions. Participants are encouraged to include interactive displays or activities that celebrate the outdoors or natural spaces. Prizes will be given for the top three most creative pop-up parks.
Members of the Collegiate Farm Bureau plan to distribute 100 free trees at their pop-up park, courtesy of the local Soil and Water Conservation District office. Other planned park themes will emphasize hands-on demonstrations in composting, horticulture, and livestock management. This event is open to the public.
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