Youth in Agriculture
Learn more about the programs we are hosting to nurture a passion for agriculture in the next generation of farmers.
Ohio Leadership Camp
Ohio Farm Bureau partners with Ohio FFA to offer Farm Bureau youth a great leadership experience at the Ohio’s Leadership Conference (OLC) held at Camp Muskingum. Ohio Leadership Camp offers specialized and advanced programming delivered by the National FFA as an Advanced Leadership Development Conference-360 Influence Conference. The conference focuses on the development of the individual student. Students will be challenged to push the limits in their leadership.
2023 camp details will be shared in Spring 2023.
ExploreAg introduces high school students to various careers in science, engineering, and technology in the food and fiber industry and engages them in actively pursuing career paths that can help them become a part of the sustainable future of agriculture. ExploreAg is open to students from varied backgrounds, with diverse skills and interests, and provides them with an opportunity to explore and understand available career paths in the agriculture and food industries. Our goal is that student’s time at ExploreAg will lead them to discover a passion they may not have considered yet.
Applications for the 2023 camps are open. Apply by April 10, 2023.
Ohio State Fair Interns and Ambassadors
Be a part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair while gaining leadership experience and making life-long friends. Connect fairgoers to Ohio agriculture through highly interactive exhibits and messaging, provide agricultural education activities the whole family can enjoy, educate how to care for animals on the farm, inform fairgoers how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing our environmental resources, provide information on how scientists are researching solutions to the biggest food and farming challenges and illustrate how young people can have careers in agriculture.
Ohio State Fair interns assist in hiring and providing direction to State Fair ambassadors. Interns are responsible for planning, executing, and staffing the exhibit. This program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture and Ohio government.
This is a paid internship for college sophomores or above, and is part-time March through mid-May and full-time late May through mid-August in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State Fair ambassadors assist Ohio Farm Bureau in staffing interactive exhibits and educating fairgoers. The program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture and Ohio government. This is a paid position, mid-July through mid-August at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
Ohio State Jr. Fair Board
The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. As ambassadors for Ohio Farm Bureau, students are able to share their experiences and emphasize the value of the Junior Fair with patrons throughout the 12 days of the fair.
Liberty Center High School junior Adrianna Meyer of Henry County and Lima High School alumni Zachary Zwiebel of Allen County served on the board in 2022. Read about their experience.
To apply for the 2023 Ohio State Fair Jr. Fair Board
Interested applicants to serve on the 2023 Junior Fair Board should submit the official Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board application through the online application portal between Jan. 1 and March 1. Ohio Farm Bureau will have two representatives on the board, with one returning member and one new.
There is a virtual information session Feb. 1. Learn more
The Ohio State Fair takes place Jul 26-Aug. 6. Jr. Fair Board members receive a stipend for their service.