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A Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience. What does that mean?

To most people, it doesn’t mean much, but to about 150 Farm Bureau leaders from Ohio, it’s a time for advocating for their passion: agriculture. That’s just what we did Sept. 13-15 in D.C. A group of Farm Bureau County presidents, vice presidents, Young Ag Professionals, and members of the current AgriPOWER class along with state of Ohio staff were able to meet with congressional representatives and discuss inflation, and supply chain issues, along with the upcoming farm bill and the current railroad issues.

It is always great to put personal experience into the discussion. We got to hear from both Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown during breakfast each morning, respectively.

Other speakers we heard from included Sam Kieffer of the American Farm Bureau Federation, who briefed us on current issues; John Hummel, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Keith Gray and Scott Marlow, both of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We also toured the American Farm Bureau office, and some enjoyed an optional monument tour at night.

On Wednesday afternoon, we participated in a farm forum in the Rayburn Gold Room organized by Ohio Congressmen Bob Gibbs and Troy Balderson. Even though it was a little out of the usual format because of the voting that was taking place, it was still an informative opportunity.

The Washington, D.C., leadership experience for me is just that; it’s an experience that leaves an impression on your heart. To be able to visit our Capitol, meet with congressional representatives and hear the array of speakers while also meeting new Farm Bureau leaders, is just a great experience. I don’t care if you were raised on a farm, hobby farm or claim to have no tie to agriculture, agriculture impacts all our lives daily.

We all enjoy eating daily, having clothes on our backs and having our favorite spirits to drink. Without agriculture, none of that would be possible.

So I will continue to advocate for it and also hope others will see the importance of it.

Submitted by Marsha Stanhope, president of the Trumbull Farm Bureau.


OFBF Mission: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

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.
Mandy Way's avatar
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

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