Collegiate Farm Bureau provides an opportunity for student leaders to grow their leadership skills and connect with agricultural industry professionals, while still on campus. A new group of emerging leaders are graduating this spring. Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates their accomplishments! Congratulations to the Collegiate Farm Bureau leaders from Ohio State University and Wilmington College. 

Grace Smith – Wilmington College

Grace SmithGrace Smith, from Greene County, will receive a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and animal science. After graduation, she will work for Greene County Parks & Trails where she will be assisting in programming, events and public relations. 



Tyler Zimpfer – Ohio State University

Tyler ZimpherTyler Zimpfer, from Shelby County, will receive a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics. After graduation, he will continue his education at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri where he will be pursuing his Juris Doctor



Molly Moffett – Wilmington College

Molly MoffettMolly Moffett grew up in Ashland County. During her time at Wilmington College, she studied agricultural communications and policy. After graduation, Molly will be moving to New York to work for Oakfield Corners Dairy, where she will serve as a marketing coordinator and show heifer caretaker.



Joel Shoup – Ohio State University

Joel ShoupJoel Shoup grew up in Wayne County. While attending classes at the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, Joel studied production agriculture and economics. He will earn his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and will begin a full-time position with Sunrise Cooperative. There, he will train with their merchandising, origination and operations teams. 



Kathryn Easter – Wilmington College

Kathryn EasterKathryn Easter, from Pickaway County will receive her bachelor of science degree from Wilmington College. She pursued agricultural communications in college and will begin a full-time position with Nachurs Alpine Solutions as the company’s social media coordinator.



Mallary Caudill – Ohio State University

Mallary CaudillMallary Caudill is from Logan County and will graduate with her bachelor’s degree this spring. She studied agricultural communication and plans to work for Farm Journal as a marketing and events specialist. 



Chyann Kendal – Wilmington College

Chyann KendelChyann Kendel is from Preble County and will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in ag education with a concentration in animal science. Chyann will begin a full-time position as an agricultural educator later this year.



Collegiate students at Ohio State University and Wilmington College who are engaged and interested in the food and agriculture industry can join their respective Collegiate Farm Bureau. Collegiate Farm Bureau serves as a connection between current industry professionals and students, promotes agriculture and related fields and works to develop future leaders of the agriculture industry by providing opportunities for students in leadership and civic engagement, career development, professional development, and experiential learning.

In addition, stay connected to Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program, which offers conferences, contests and networking opportunities. Ohio Farm Bureau offers an introductory membership for those ages 18-24. Young Active Members ages 18-24 enjoy all the benefits that Active Members do, including having a voice in Farm Bureau’s ongoing advocacy and policy efforts. Farmers, agriculture students, or those whose work is directly impacted by the health of Ohio agriculture are invited to become a Young Active Member.

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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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
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
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
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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

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