Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is seeking a Young Ag Professional member to serve on its board of directors. This 16th seat on its board is specifically created for an active Young Ag Professional member who has a passion for fundraising and is interested in further developing their leadership skills.

This position is a one-year term as a voting member of the foundation board, with the opportunity to serve a second year as appointed by the board of directors. The YAP foundation director will attend the foundation board meetings, engage in special events like the Foundation Golf Outing, and participate in YAP State Committee meetings during their term. This opportunity is open to any active Young Ag Professional who is looking to grow their leadership skills while serving on a state board of directors.

Applications are due May 3 by 5 p.m.

Applicant eligibility

Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age. Applicants must not have reached their 35th birthday before Dec. 1, 2024. 

Must be a current Ohio Farm Bureau member and active in their county Farm Bureau. 

Past participant in one or more of the following Young Agricultural Professionals activities: Winter Leadership Experience, Washington, D.C. Leadership Trip, Young Ag Professionals contest applicant, or Special 10 participant.

Ineligible applicants include:

  • YAP State Committee members from Class 2026 and Class 2027.
  • Current AgriPOWER Institute participants.
  • Current employees of Ohio Farm Bureau and any county Farm Bureau office are ineligible to apply. 
  • Current Ohio Farm Bureau Federation state trustees are ineligible to apply for this position. 

If selected to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors, you are still eligible to participate in the YAP award contests including Discussion Meet, Excellence in Agriculture, and Outstanding Young Farmer. 

Application details

Applications close May 3, 2024 at 5 p.m.

During the week of May 20, the top three applicants will be notified that their application is moving forward to the Foundation Nominating and Governance Committee. The three individuals will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with the Nominating and Governance Committee during the week of May 28. An announcement of the new YAP Foundation director will be made in early December 2024. 


For more information, contact Melinda Witten, [email protected], or Kelly Burns, [email protected].

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Mandy Way

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Matt Aultman

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Jenna Gregorich

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