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American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher program hosts an annual leadership conference for Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals members are encouraged to attend the YF&R Leadership Conference as it is a great opportunity to meet members from around the country while developing their professional skills. Ohio Farm Bureau is offering five scholarships to the leadership conference in 2024. Those five select winners will receive free conference registration, complimentary transportation to and from the conference as well as meal reimbursement.

  • Applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age.
  • Must be a current Ohio Farm Bureau member and active in a county Farm Bureau.
  • The application is intended for individuals. A couple may apply however both spouses may not be selected. Each individual person must complete the application.
  • Current and past YAP State Committee and YF&R Committee members are ineligible to apply.
  • Current employees of Ohio Farm Bureau and any County Farm Bureau office are ineligible to apply.  

The five recipients will be announced during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience in Columbus Jan. 26-27, 2024. Those selected will receive a welcome packet of information and are expected to complete their registration and flight booking by Jan. 30, 2024. 

Event details

March 8-11, 2024 | Omaha, Nebraska

2024 YFR Conference

What’s included?

Ohio Farm Bureau will cover conference registration and transportation to and from the conference. Group dinners and some additional meals will be provided for the participants. Applicants are expected to cover some meal and tour costs. This scholarship is valued over $1,000 per participant. 

To apply

Apply online by Jan. 14, 2024 at midnight.

For more information or questions, contact Kelsey Turner at [email protected]

Online extra

Read about Holly Retaino’s experience as a scholarship winner in 2023.

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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