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Editor’s Note: Olivia Rinesmith is serving as the Central Ohio Farm Bureau Fellow this summer. She is writing a blog about her experience.


Hello everyone! I am Olivia Rinesmith. I am serving as the Central Ohio Farm Bureau Fellow focusing on membership and marketing for Delaware, Franklin, Madison & Union dounties. 

A little bit about me: I am from London, Ohio where I grew up on our family farm. I was heavily involved with agricultural youth organizations growing up and those helped pave my path today! I am a rising senior at The Ohio State University majoring in agricultural communications with a minor in production agriculture. On campus, I am a member of the Livestock Judging Team, active in several clubs as well as an Ambassador for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Outside of school, I am a 4-H advisor and an active volunteer within my community. In addition, I am the 2021-22 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador!

I am excited to continue this journey with Farm Bureau to improve and maintain membership, educating others through events, and working with all of you!

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

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