Rose Hartschuh AgOne graduation

Ohio State’s Leadership Center graduated its first co-hort of the AgOne program, a new, year-long program for agricultural industry board members which focused on self-leadership, team leadership and stewardship. Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Rose Hartschuh was among the six co-hort members. The group members earned a Foundational Leadership Certificate, developed a leadership plan, strengthened their network and their understanding of board effectiveness throughout their time in the program.

The other inaugural co-hort members included:

  • Nathan Eckel with the Ohio Soybean Council
  • Sandra Lausecker with the Ohio Poultry Association
  • John Linder with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association
  • Mike Videkovich with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
  • Chris Weaver with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

“Individuals who serve on boards want to make a meaningful impact during their time of service,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “This program allows its members to transform the individual influence they can have on their industry through leadership and boardmanship.”

Throughout the year, members completed skill and behavior assessments, attended one-on-one coaching sessions to create a roadmap of learning and leadership, attended in-person and virtual workshops, participated in group discussions about case studies, videos and articles and expanded personal networks to surface new leadership and board opportunities.

“AgOne focuses on meeting each leader where they are in their leadership journey to provide them with a unique opportunity for growth,” said Maggie Good, program manager of AgOne with the OSU Leadership Center. “Members of the program learned about their personal leadership – their strengths and weaknesses, effective listening, conflict management and influencing and empowering others, and how to utilize their skills to lead in a board setting.”

The AgOne program is a joint collaboration between the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, and the OSU Leadership Center.

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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
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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
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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

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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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