Kayla Weaver is a member of AgriPOWER Class XIII and reflects on the group’s out-of-state tour of Texas.Read More
I have been looking forward to session two of AgriPOWER since I submitted my application, and I am excited to say that the session did not disappoint! From learning communication and leadership skills to learning about the diversity of agriculture in Ohio, I was able to step away from the session with many skills I cannot wait to implement in my professional and personal life.
As an avid podcast listener, I enjoyed learning about the nuts-and-bolts of podcasting and everything that is involved with producing a high-quality podcast. Beyond learning about podcasting, we learned the importance of using our authentic voices when talking with the media and how to formulate a response rather than responding quickly and regretting what was said later.
A favorite part of the session was learning about leadership and how to become a better leader in the various organizations we may be involved. We learned about the five levels of leadership and what each of the levels meant. Once we had a grasp of what each level entailed and how to reach each new level we evaluated where we all felt we ranked among the levels. We all quickly realized that we may be on different levels in the various organizations we participate. The knowledge I gained during this portion of session two is something that I have continually thought about since leaving the session.
While we learned more than what I have already mentioned in the classroom setting, we were able to visit a handful of farms and learn about the vast diversity of agriculture in the small state of Ohio.
We began our farm visits at a row crop operation that heavily monitors their nutrient application and water runoff. I happen to be one that has heard some discussion around water quality, but have never been directly affected, therefor never dug deeper to learn more and understand the problem. After visiting this row crop operation in northwest Ohio, I learned how large the issue happens to be and what farmers in the area are doing to make the situation better.
Our next stop was a Christmas tree farm, and I must say that I really enjoyed this visit. Picking a Christmas tree is my favorite holiday tradition, so getting to learn more about the behind-the-scenes operations that go into an operation that makes majority of their profit two to three months of the year was very eye-opening.
The last stop, and arguably my favorite, was a Standardbred breeding facility. For my day job, I work at a bull stud, so I found it very interesting to learn about the same sector of a different industry. Some of the similarities and differences of the two industry was astounding to me.
As I drove home from Session 2, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be able to learn from industry professionals and visit incredible farms that perfectly showcase Ohio agriculture.
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.Farm Labor Resources
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.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.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.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.Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.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.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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Reflecting on the first session of AgriPOWER, I feel excited, inspired, and open.Read More
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