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.
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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.
Brandie Finney of Crawford County is the editor of the May 2023 Growing our Generation enewsletter, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.
Hannah DiVencenzo of Lorain County is the editor of the April 2023 Growing our Generation enewsletter, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.
attendees were able to network with others around the state of Ohio as well as attend a variety of sessions that included business and production agriculture, niche marketing, and career/leadership development topics.