Land & Living Exhibit

The Land & Living exhibit has been a hub for agriculture education for years. The exhibit, housed in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, welcomes visitors to learn more about agriculture using a variety of interactive exhibits.

As your 2023 state fair interns, we look forward to sharing our biggest passion with the public and working with commodity groups around the state. Here’s a little bit about us, and we hope to connect with you at the fair! 

Ashley Tate
Ashley Tate
Ashley Tate

From the rolling hills of Holmes County to the busy streets of Columbus, agriculture has remained at the forefront of my life. I grew up on my family’s grain operation where I spent many days in the buddy seat of the tractor and playing in barns with my cousins. As I got older, I gained more responsibilities on the farm, and my passion for agriculture blossomed. Activities like 4-H, FFA, and Junior Fair Board made that love grow deeper, and they showed me how I could implement agriculture into my future. Now, I study agricultural communications at The Ohio State University and plan to work in the industry upon graduation. 

With the rise of misconceptions in the media, I believe it is our job as young agriculturists to share accurate messages about agriculture with consumers and create a positive and credible reputation for the agriculture industry. The Land & Living exhibit will give us an opportunity to connect with people who may not know where their food comes from or have never had a conversation with a farmer before. The Ohio Farm Bureau is a crucial part of our state’s agriculture industry, and I am honored to work with such knowledgeable and passionate individuals.If you see us at the fair, come say hi! We are so excited for this journey and can’t wait to see what the summer brings. We will be blogging about our experience as well as what to anticipate at this year’s state fair. Please follow us online as well as on Ohio Farm Bureau’s social media channels.

Branson Van Fleet
Branson Van Fleet
Branson Van Fleet

Whether I’m down in Appalachia on the family farm, or in Columbus at The Ohio State University, my life has always been centered around agriculture. I grew up in Noble County on my family’s Polled Hereford cattle farm. From the pastures to the show ring, my time around the herd continuously grew my passion for livestock and the agriculture industry. This passion was fueled even more once I was old enough to participate in organizations such as FFA and 4-H. This passion has led me to The Ohio State University, where I am about to enter my fourth and final year majoring in agriscience education. I hope to one day be an agricultural educator and FFA advisor.

Everywhere I go, I run into people who aren’t fully aware of where their food comes from and the importance of the industry. Unfortunately, I’m seeing this even more in younger people and young adults. As these are the people who will be the future of the industry, I decided I wanted to help. I am pursuing a career as an agricultural educator to spend my career working with young leaders in agriculture and educating to secure the future success of our industry. While I can’t be in the classroom yet, there are other ways I can start educating about agriculture right now. I am excited to work with the Ohio Farm Bureau Land & Living exhibit this year to share my love of agriculture with fairgoers. With a talented team of ambassadors, great exhibits and the help and support from our partners and sponsors, there’s no limit to the impact we can make on the future of agriculture in Ohio.

Reily Jacobs-Bell
Reily Bell
Reily Bell

Growing up in Zanesville, Ohio on my family’s hog farm, I was introduced to agriculture at a young age. By the time I was six, I was showing horses and pigs and spending hours each week feeding and caring for my animals. As I got older, I became heavily involved in FFA and 4-H, and participated in several contests and events, and showed cattle and hogs at our county and state fairs. I have always known that I wanted to be involved in the agricultural industry, but it was not until college that I figured out what I wanted to contribute. I love working with people and livestock, and enjoy both teaching and learning about the industry. Because of this, I am a rising junior at The Ohio State University, majoring in agricultural communications, and minoring in meat science and Spanish. My passion is serving people, and I believe that I can do this in my life through providing education and quality food products to my community. 

I was led to this internship due to my family’s involvement with Farm Bureau, and because of my love for learning about agriculture. I am incredibly excited to learn about more diverse fields of the industry, and to apply this knowledge in the Land & Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. During my time with the Ohio Farm Bureau and beyond, I hope to spread positivity and truth about agriculture, and teach people about who produces their food, and where it really comes from. 

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.
Mandy Way's avatar
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.
Ernie Welch's avatar
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.
Matt Aultman's avatar
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.
Jaclyn De Candio's avatar
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.
Jenna Gregorich's avatar
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.
Jared Hughes's avatar
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.
Austin Heil's avatar
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.
Mary Smallsreed's avatar
Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Suggested Tags: