Marion County Farm Bureau will reimburse registration fees up to $75 for the first seven attendees.Read More
Meet the newest committee members who make up the class of 2025: Luke and Kayla Durbin, Carly Fitz, Tim and Sarah Terrill and Greg Williams are joining the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee. They will assist with creating educational and leadership development programs for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals. A total of eight positions are on the team, and a position may be filled by either a single individual or a married couple. Members serve a two-year term with four returning and four new positions each year.
Luke and Kayla Durbin
We are Luke and Kayla Durbin, we currently reside in Coshocton County with our daughter, Finlay. We are two next generation farmers, having chosen to continue the legacy of the family farms. We raise cattle and row crops on our family farms. We bring the insight of being young producers, juggling working with family, raising cattle and crops in today’s global market, all while raising a family in rural America. Our story is becoming less common, and we hope to regenerate the drive to return to the family farm or the want to be in production agriculture full time, whether male or female.
I am Greg Williams from Scioto County. I am currently the vice president of my county board of trustees where I have served as a member for several years. I am a school psychologist for Portsmouth City Schools. I grew up on a small family farm and raised dairy goats then began raising meat goats. Growing up on my small family farm taught me a lot that I needed to know, but Farm Bureau has provided me with insight as to how I can grow and expand my operation. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in Farm Bureau to further develop the skills I need to continue to grow and expand my farm. Networking with others who have walked, or are walking, in the same shoes I am helps to give insight and a sense of hope for what the future holds.
Tim and Sarah Terrill
We are Tim and Sarah Terrill from Montgomery County. Tim and I both come to the ag community with different perspectives. Tim grew up on a farm, has raised livestock most of his life, was very active in 4-H on the local and state level and still serves our county 4-H program. He sells ag equipment and continues to farm. I did not grow up on a farm, but have been involved in 4-H and very involved in our farm since being married. With those perspectives in mind, we both have a love for sharing the importance of agriculture with others. We are looking forward to serving on the YAP State Committee.
I’m Carly Fitz from Perry County. I grew up on a small family farm raising produce and traveling to farmers markets throughout the year. I also had several FFA projects that I raised on our family farm. Today, I am a program assistant at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. I help mid-career professionals get professional development courses and certificate programs. I started my Farm Bureau journey when I was still in high school, when I served as the FFA representative on our county board. I then went on to participate in Collegiate Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau has provided me an opportunity to join my passion for policy development and agriculture together.
The Growing our Generation enewsletter features insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals. Subscribe to receive Growing our Generation each month.
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
Crawford County Farm Bureau will reimburse registration fees up to $75 for the first six attendees.Read More
Meet the oncoming committee members that will be assisting with the 2024 conference and planning the 2025 conference.Read More
Richland County Farm Bureau will reimburse registration fees up to $150 for the first three attendees.Read More
Joe and Casey Everett of Shelby County, Mike Hannewald of Lucas County, John and Kacy Hummel of Franklin County and Emily Warnimont of Hancock County are the newest committee members.Read More
Logan Eades and Renee Hamilton reside in Champaign County where they own and operate Violet View Farms, a mum and pumpkin patch they purchased to complement their freezer beef business.Read More
On this Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast, meet the presidents of the chapters of Ohio State and Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureaus.Read More
My reasons for going were that it would be a great honor to represent my county, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I will be able to report back to my county with any information learned at the capital.Read More
Meet Nick and Bailey Elchinger, Brad Weaver and Katherine Brown — Ohio’s young ag professionals contestants who will compete at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.Read More
Lauren Gardner, Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau Board member, attended the Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience in Washington, D.C. Sept. 12-14. For…Read More