Brian Baldridge

Friday, March 3, the agricultural community of Highland County, local business leaders and area youth filled the shop on Boeckmann farms. The Highland County Farm Bureau is a proud sponsor of this incredible Ag is Everyone’s Business event. The morning kicked off with an opportunity to speak with those gathered, network with multiple businesses and area agencies, and reconnect with old friends. The room was filled with handshakes, laughter and great conversations!  

Once everyone was seated, Highland County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jamie Wheeler welcomed everyone. The newly appointed Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Brian Baldridge, (pictured above) shared his excitement in his new role and what lies ahead for his department.

Ty Higgins
Ty Higgins

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Communication and Media Relations, Ty Higgins, spoke next. Higgins had everyone laughing, then connected with each individual on a personal level as he candidly shared his childhood experiences from growing up on the family farm. In addition to sharing the struggles he personally experienced, Higgins’ story included his story of perseverance. He did an excellent job of encapsulating the value of an Ohio Farm Bureau membership, the progress of H2O Ohio and the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI).  Lastly, Higgins touched on the sensitive subject of mental health and specifically the awareness that Ohio Farm Bureau continues to bring to light surrounding this topic. 

In the last eight weeks alone, Ohio has lost four farmers to suicide. Higgins reminded everyone that they are not alone and there is help available. Visit or to access local resources.  

Lastly, Amanda Radke shared her story as a fifth generation rancher from South Dakota.  She has spent years advocating for agriculture in rural America. She is an author dedicated to sharing the story of agriculture with our nation’s youth as well as celebrating the people behind our food, fiber, and energy who make it possible. She believes food security is national security, and her work is focused on keeping producers on the land and ensuring every citizen has access to safe, affordable and nutritious food in this country.

2023 Ag is Everyone's BusinessThe morning concluded with a catered lunch served by local FFA chapters. A huge thank you to Highland County Chamber of Commerce for allowing the Highland County Farm Bureau to play a small part in a great event!

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

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.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

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.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

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.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

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.
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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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