AgriPOWER Class XIV Session 2

In early December, the AgriPOWER class had the privilege of attending the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting, along with several other educational sessions.

AgriPOWER Class XIV with Dr Jeff King
AgriPOWER Class XIV with Dr. Jeff King

AgriPOWER Class XIV, Session 2 kicked off with dinner with the Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees. This was an enjoyable evening spent getting to know the trustees on a more personal level, as well as learn each individual’s role they play in their own agricultural communities. We then had pleasure to attend an educational session with Dr. Jeff King, where we discussed our “Change Style Preference” and the role this plays in our leadership style. Tips and tools were discussed to allow each of us to interact with our teams in a more meaningful way.

With the commencement of the Annual Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7, we were each able to attend a kick-off session of our choice. I attended a session on Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Literacy, led by Mary Klopfenstein. This session addressed tools and trainings we have access to as agricultural educators, as well as presented the opportunity to undergo formal training in the future to become a certified Ag Literacy Volunteer.

Following the morning sessions, we attended the opening of the General Session with a welcoming speech from President Bill Patterson, as well as the reading of officer reports. Following, we moved into another AgriPOWER session, meeting with commodity leaders such as Elizabeth Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Beef Council and Madison Layman with the Ohio Soybean Council. The class had the opportunities to ask questions and learn about their roles in the industry.

During the Kick-off Luncheon, we had the honor of witnessing the 2023 Ohio Farm Bureau Awards, featuring many inspiring stories of farmers doing amazing work around the state of Ohio. This was followed by a fireside style chat with the Nationwide Directors Jeff Zellers and Paul Wenger. The class was able to hear their experiences and stories with Farm Bureau and how they reached the positions they hold. The day ended with a class held by Melanie Wilt around Authentic Voices and how we each communicate effectively in our communities.

Session 2 was just as inspiring as Session 1, and AgriPOWER Class XIV is off to a great start!

Online Extra

AgriPOWER Class XIV participant Blake Adams shares what she learned during her experience at the annual meeting and from the professionals she met.

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: