2023 Young Ag Professionals in DC

Kacy HummelKacy Hummel of Franklin County Farm Bureau, recently attended the YAP 2023 Washington D.C. Leadership Experience

“I had the opportunity to attend the Young Ag Professionals 2023 Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience on Capitol Hill as a Franklin County Farm Bureau member. We met with legislators and talked about the farm bill and had a chance to meet with leaders within the British Embassy to further explain our network and build upon connections with the agricultural community,” she said.

“It was a great experience to grow personally and professionally, and I was able to learn more on how to get involved with Farm Bureau following the trip. Gaining different perspectives from my fellow ag advocates as well as legislators was an eye-opening experience that I hope other young ag professional members will take advantage of someday because your voice matters!”

Troy Balderson meeting 2023
Meeting with Rep. Troy Balderson

Thank you Kacy for your involvement with Farm Bureau, and helping advocate for agriculture!


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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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