Western Ag in the Classroom Conference

June 14, Mercer County Farm Bureau hosted the first Western Ohio Agriculture in the Classroom Conference at MVP Dairy in Celina. This one-day event offered teachers new learning opportunities to share with their classrooms while experiencing new opportunities in agriculture. Keynote speaker was Jeanne Gogoiski, CEO of EducationProjects.org. Breakout sessions included:

Strong as an Egg: What does an egg have to do with architecture and strength? by Lisa Kahlig, Cooper Farms;

Food Science: Learn several hands-on food science activities you can incorporate into the classroom by Michelle Langmeyer;

My Plate: A lesson on nutrition and agriculture by Karen Bakies, registered dietitian; and

Agriculture Literacy: Spend some time learning where to find accurate agriculture books, and how to best incorporate them into your curriculum by Lindi Kocher, education coordinator, Indiana Farm Bureau.

Thank you sponsors

Gold Sponsors: American Dairy Association Mideast, Farm Credit Mid-AgAmerica, Homan Inc., and St. Henry Bank.

Silver Sponsors: Mercer Landmark

Bronze Sponsors: Maria Stein Grain, Wendel Poultry Service Inc., and Ohio Poultry Association.

Special thank you to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation for awarding Mercer County Farm Bureau a grant for the program.

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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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