Fayette County Farm Bureau

On Jan. 6-11,2023, five individuals from Fayette County Farm Bureau attended the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fayette County Farm Bureau won a County Activity of Excellence award and got to showcase their efforts at the AFBF Convention trade show.

This year AFBF received more than 143 entries across all membership categories, with only 24 activities nationwide being selected to win County Activities of Excellence awards. These counties got to present their projects at the convention and 11 of those activities that were selected were from Ohio.

Representing Fayette County at the American Farm Bureau annual convention and trade show were Organization Director Ashley Rose, Bob Peterson, Lisa Peterson, Kameron Rinehart and Zach Sollars. While on this trip they had the opportunity to discuss and explain with other local and state Farm Bureaus from across the nation

Fayette County’s award-winning program is “Storytime With a Farmer.” Helping children learn where food comes from and who grows it was the goal of the program. Having farmers read books about agriculture to children at an elementary school, library, and online was a highly effective way to build awareness and understanding of the industry.

Lisa Peterson said, “Attending the AFBF annual meeting in Puerto Rico was a great opportunity to showcase Fayette County’s program, Storytime with a Farmer. We had the opportunity to share about the program with folks during the trade show. Spending time networking with farmers from across the country, attending educational sessions, cheering on the Ohio YF&R finalists, and spending a little time in the sun is good for the soul!”

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.
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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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