Kayla Richter, Monroe Central FFA Instructor

The Golden Owl Award is presented by Ohio FFA, Ohio Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ag Credit and Nationwide Insurance. This award recognizes agricultural educators for their tremendous contributions in preparing the next generation of leaders who will change the world. Farm Bureau was excited to be a part of this award presented to Kayla Richter, Monroe Central FFA instructor. The Golden Owl allows Farm Bureau to extend its  support to agricultural educators who devote countless hours and often their own resources to impact their students.

In the fall there were 521 nominations received for 126 different teachers throughout Ohio. Ten teachers were selected as finalists, and we are extremely proud that Kayla Richter was selected as one of the top 10. Richter will receive $500 in support of her local FFA Chapter.

Photo: (L to R) John Ball, Kari Ball Insurance Agency; Betsy Anderson, Sr. Organization Director Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Kayla Richter, Monroe Central FFA instructor; and Jessica Parrish, Executive Director Ohio FFA Foundation.

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

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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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