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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!

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 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
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
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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