2024 Ohio Farm Bureau YAP State Committee

Ohio Farm Bureau members ages 18-34 who are interested in developing their leadership skills and enhancing programming for their peers should apply for the 2025-2027 Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee.

Application deadline is May 3, 2024 at 5 p.m.

The state committee is composed of eight members or couples who suggest, develop and conduct activities that provide networking, social and learning opportunities for young farmers and ag professionals, including planning the yearly leadership experience and hosting Young Agricultural Professionals in a variety of in- and out-of-state events.

Committee members serve a two-year term that begins in September 2024 and expires two years later after the Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience in January. Four new couples or singles are appointed each year. Members serve a two-year term with four returning and four new positions each year.

  • Between the ages of 18 and 34 and not have reached 34th birthday before Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Current Ohio Farm Bureau member and active in county Farm Bureau.
  • Individuals or couples may apply. Couples must be a union recognized by the state.
  • Past participant in one or more of the following Young Agricultural Professionals activities: an Ohio Farm Bureau YAP Leadership Experience, Washington, D.C. Leadership Trip, or a Young Agricultural Professionals contest applicant.
  • From a county not currently represented on the committee (Hancock, Franklin, Lucas and Shelby County members are ineligible). 
  • Ineligible applicants include previous YAP State Committee members and current AgriPOWER Institute participants. Current employees of Ohio Farm Bureau and any County Farm Bureau office are ineligible to apply. If selected to serve on the YAP State Committee, you are not eligible to participate in the YAP award contests until you retire from the committee. 

Members are expected to be present at all meetings and activities conducted by this team. The Class of 2027 committee term will begin Sept. 15, 2024 and conclude in February 2027. Anticipated committee meetings are as follows: July 15 and Aug. 5 (New Member Onboarding), Sept. 15, Dec. 12-13, Feb. 6-8 (Winter Leadership Experience). Committee members also have the opportunity to travel to the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in January 2026 and Washington D.C in September 2026.

Application process

Virtual applicant interviews will occur May 21 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Interview appointments will be scheduled the week prior to the interview date. All applicants will be notified by July 31, 2024 regarding the status of their application. 

Applications are due to Mary Klopfenstein, by May 3, 2024 at 5 p.m. Please contact Mary or Melinda Witten for more information.

Online extras

The 2024-2025 state committee members introduce themselves and their goals for the committee.

Emily Warnimont from Hancock County explains how her earlier involvement in Farm Bureau spurred her interest in serving on the state committee.

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.
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.
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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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