The Richland County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients for this year’s scholarships.

Raegan Alsept

Raegan is the daughter of Travis and Shelley Alsept and a current student at the Ohio State University – ATI where she is double majoring in agricultural communications and community leadership. She attended Plymouth High School and grew her love for agriculture through membership in organizations such as FFA, 4-H and Junior Fair. During her college career, she has been involved in the Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Collegiate FFA, Hoof ‘n Hide, and the OSU Twirling Team. 

When asked to describe how she views her place in the agricultural industry, “I want to teach and educate the next group of 4-H members or possibly travel and put agriculture communications to use and work for a livestock-related company. I still have a few years of school left and I’m going to use the many opportunities to explore my passions in agriculture. I know working in this industry is what makes me feel whole, now I just had to find my perfect fit.”

Ethan Staley

Ethan is the son of Adam and Kelly Staley and a 2022 graduate of Clear Fork High School. During high school, Ethan was involved in FFA, National Honor Society, as well as baseball, football and track. So far in his livestock career, he has been involved in the Blue Ribbon Livestock Club, where he served as president; the Ohio Best Program; the Ohio Lead Program; the American Simmental Association and the American Maine-Anjou Association.

In the fall, Ethan plans to attend Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming majoring in agricultural business. Ethan said, “I plan to work for XL Ranch while I am out west. I plan to use these experiences to lead me to a career in agriculture with the goal of owning my own farm or ranch and being a bull buyer for a genetic company.”

Congratulations Raegan and Ethan. Richland County Farm Bureau is excited to see where your adventures take you in the coming years!

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

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.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton 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
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
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

Advocacy
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