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Abigale Campbell of Washington County is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals 2024 Discussion Meet competition. The results were announced Jan. 27 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience.
The Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. It is designed for young agricultural professionals to work together to find solutions around issues facing agriculture today.
Campbell and her husband, Blake, are fourth generation farmers in their sheep and swine operation. They specialize in growing and direct marketing cut flowers, pumpkins, produce, meat, and wool products.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in agriscience education from Ohio State and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky, Campbell is currently an agriscience educator and FFA advisor at Fort Frye High School. She is also a member of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board, the Barlow Independent Fair Board, and a teaching fellow with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.
As the winner, she receives a $3,000 cash prize, complimentary registration to the 2025 YAP Winter Leadership Experience and an expense-paid trip to 2025 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in San Antonio. Her prize package is sponsored by Nationwide and Farm Credit Mid-America.
In addition to Campbell, the other Discussion Meet finalists are Kane Lewis of Scioto County, Kendall Lovejoy of Fulton County and Kameron Rinehart of Fayette County.
All finalists receive a softshell jacket and complimentary registration to the 2025 YAP Winter Leadership Experience. Finalist prizes are sponsored by Nationwide, Farm Credit Mid-America and Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals program provides leadership development and professional growth opportunities for Farm Bureau members who are ages 18-35. The program hosts the Winter Leadership Experience, a Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience and conducts the Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests. Learn more about the program at experienceyap.com.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio Farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ohiofarmbureau.org.
This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or [email protected].
Editors: A high-resolution photo of Ms. Campbell is available for download.
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