2024 Rittman Orchards

In this session of AgriPOWER, Class 14 was able to tour some unique forms of agriculture as well as dive into hot topics like CAUV, H-2A and the carbon market.

Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) affects everyone in agriculture when it comes tax time and determining what your land is valued at. As a manager, I am always looking for new ways to attain employees, so it was very interesting to learn about the H-2A program and all that it involves just to acquire an H2A employee. Personally, I learned what a carbon credit is and how 45Z could be affecting my grain elevator with the ethanol manufacturing tax credits available. This is something that I have taken back to the office to look into for our cooperative’s future.

I love to try new things, so my favorite part of Session 4 was all the new local food and drinks I was able to try. At Rittman Orchards I had apples I’d never heard of and Bent Ladder cider, then at Keller Meats the honey barbecue beef sticks and blueberry maple sausage were delicious. Of course, I brought a couple gorgeous plants home from Boyert’s Greenhouse & Farm as well.

Our hosts were wonderful to chat with and very transparent with their stories that shaped them.

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.
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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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