Darby Welbaum

I’m Darby Welbaum, and I am very excited to serve as an intern this summer. I just completed my first year of college at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for an agribusiness and management degree. I have also picked up a minor of civic agriculture and life sciences. My plans are to continue My journey to obtain a bachelor’s degree and eventually enter law school.

I am from West Milton and have always lived in Miami County. The Farm Bureau has supported me with my livestock projects and I hopes to continue that for more generations. I have shown a number of species at fairs including hogs, goats and horses. I hope that this experience will help me be more of an advocate for agriculture and to really make an impact. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to start working and I can’t wait to meet you all and brighten your day!

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

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.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
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
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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

Advocacy
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