2024 WLE

Young agricultural professionals from across Ohio are invited to attend the annual Winter Leadership Experience “Beyond the Fencerows” Jan. 26 and 27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. The conference features plenty of fun, great food, breakout sessions, workshops, tours and keynote speakers as well as the Future YAP Club for children K-6th grade. 

Registration is $150 per person; register online through Jan. 10. You will need payment and full contact information at registration. You are responsible for securing your own hotel accommodations. The registration page has a link for rooms at the Hyatt for $149 (a significant savings) while supplies last.

Geauga County Farm Bureau is offering scholarships to a limited number of county young ag members to attend the Winter Leadership Experience.

Young Ag Professionals (ages 18-35) interested in attending who would like a scholarship to attend must contact the county office prior to the event. Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis and may vary on the number of young ags attending.

You can register online and then notify us at the office at [email protected] or call 440.426.2195 that you will be attending. Once you attend, you will receive your reimbursement.

To learn more about the conference, click here.

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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

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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

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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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