AgriPOWER is an elite program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals. This yearlong program focuses on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry such as consumer relations, regulations, energy, and trade policies. It helps individuals develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture by learning from experts in these fields.

This leadership and advocacy development program typically consists of seven multi-day institutes. Topics covered during institute programs will include public policy matters facing local communities, Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become an effective leader and advocate for agriculture. Two of the institute sessions will be held out of state (one in Washington, D.C. and the other location will be decided at a later date) to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.

You should apply for AgriPOWER if:

  • You want to improve your understanding of current issues and develop the skills necessary to lead and become an advocate for agriculture.
  • You have a passion for agriculture and see yourself in a leadership role in the future.
  • You are interested in the political process and/or have thought about running for office.
  • You are open to new experiences and learning.
  • You can commit the time necessary to participate in the program.

Individuals may nominate themselves or have their nomination sponsored by their respective county Farm Bureau, other agricultural organization or employer. If you are nominating yourself, you must be a Farm Bureau member.

Tuition includes lodging, meals, breaks, group travel and all course materials. Ohio Farm Bureau often offer sseveral scholarships. The contribution of those who receive scholarships will be their time, energy and commitment to make the program a success as well as a volunteer commitment after completion of the program. All participants, county Farm Bureaus and other agricultural organizations and businesses are invited to make a financial contribution to strengthen the program. Other organizations are invited to sponsor a participant, or in some cases, an individual and his/her employer may cooperate to cover the program’s tuition.

Full details and application information for the 2022-23 Institute will be available in Spring 2022.