Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) are Farm Bureau members ages 18 to 35 who work either part or full time in Ohio’s largest industry. We’ve made it easy to meet others who share your passion for agriculture and stay connected all year long, with signature events like the Winter Leadership Experience and Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience, and programs like AgriPOWER and Collegiate Farm Bureaus. For students pursuing education in ag-related fields, there are a variety of scholarships available through our foundation and county Farm Bureaus. American Farm Bureau also offers an annual Leadership Conference.

Check here to see if there is a YAP group near you. Find us on Facebook and sign up for our Growing our Generation e-newsletter for insights and ideas directly from young farmers.

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Activities and Opportunities

Strong agriculture communities start with strong leaders. Find programs and experiences designed for Young Ag Professionals.

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Competitive Events

Contest and awards celebrating Young Ag Professionals.

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Leadership Events

Opportunities to grow and develop skills such as public speaking, networking, advocacy, and media relations. Learn how to share your agricultural story.

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Growing Our Generation

Insights and ideas directly from members of the Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee.

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Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
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

Business Solutions
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
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
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
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

Advocacy