Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. Whether you have a half-acre or 5,000 acres or work in the food and farming industry, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals has a place for you! Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are full- and part-time farmers, OSU Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, former Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members, FFA and 4-H alumni, farm media communicators, livestock and equine enthusiasts, wine makers, alpaca breeders, seed representatives, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.

 

Funding for local YAP and Collegiate Farm Bureaus

County Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals groups and Collegiate Farm Bureau groups can obtain funding for local projects thanks to the generous support of Farm Credit Mid-America. The 2021 grant application process has concluded. Winners were announced during the Winter Leadership Experience in January.

Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience

January 28-29, 2022 | Cincinnati

Attendance at the Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience is just one benefit of being an Ohio Farm Bureau member.  If you are not yet an OFB member, learn more about membership or join now.

The State YAP Committee is currently working on the agenda American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall has been announced as the keynote speaker. Registration will open in October.

 

Involvement Opportunities

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County level Young Ag Professionals groups are popping up across the state. Each group’s activities are driven by those who participate, with some focusing on educational activities, some on social activities, and some combine both. Find out where these local groups are, and if there is not a group near you, contact your county Farm Bureau about starting one! Interested in starting your own local YAP group? Download your Local YAP Start-Up Manual HERE.
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There are a variety of ways to get involved with Young Ag Professionals including:

  • Winter Leadership Experience
  • Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
  • State Committee
  • Excellence in Agriculture Contest
  • Discussion Meet Contest
  • Outstanding Young Farmer Contest

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YAP Activities and Opportunities

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The Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience is an annual conference with the opportunity to build personal and professional skills, network with agricultural leaders, and learn how to make a difference in your community, Farm Bureau and agriculture. Conference sessions cover topics ranging from traditional agriculture, niche farming/marketing to consumer education topics.


Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

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Young professionals with strong leadership potential are hand-selected each year to share their ideas with members of congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. The trip takes place each September and includes a visit with the young professional’s congressional representative, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you are interested in the annual trip. An in-person trip is being planned for September 2021.


American Farm Bureau Federation FUSION Conference
The 2022 FUSION Conference Feb. 25-28, 2022 will take place in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme is “The Triple Crown of Agriculture – Food, Fiber, Fuel.”  The majority of the conference events, meals, sessions and Collegiate Discussion Meet competitions will take place at the the Omni Louisville Hotel. There will be great speakers, breakout sessions and evening events to bring together volunteer leaders from the Promotion & Education, Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers & Ranchers programs.

 


State Committee

 

State Committee members assist with creating educational and leadership development programs for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals. A total of eight positions are on the team, and a position may be filled by either a single individual or a married couple. Members serve a two-year term with four returning and four new positions each year. Meet the current committee members. 


Outstanding Young Farmer

Kyle Stockton of Allen County, is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2021 Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

The Outstanding Young Farmer Contest is designed to recognize successful young farmers, age 35 or younger, for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. Applicants should have a majority of their income subject to normal production risks as well as ownership (or part ownership) of the operation/business.

Stockton won expense-paid trips to the Winter Leadership Experience and Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, a media package and a $3,000 prize of choice. Prizes are courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau. He also will represent Ohio at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Atlanta in January.


Excellence in Agriculture

Joe Everett of Shelby County is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2021 Excellence in Agriculture Award.

If you work off the farm and are a leader in Farm Bureau and the community, then this contest is for you. This award is designed to recognize successful young agricultural professionals (singles or couples) who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture but do not have the majority of his or her income subject to normal production risk. Each year, the top three applicants will have a 25-minute presentation before a panel of judges in September.

Everett receives expense-paid trips to the Winter Leadership Experience and Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, a media package and a $3,000 prize of choice. Prizes are courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau. He also will represent Ohio at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Atlanta in January.


Discussion Meet

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Stacie Anderson of Bowling Green is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals 2021 Discussion Meet competition.

If you are a good conversationalist, then this contest is for you. The Discussion Meet is a competitive event designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

Anderson received a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide, an expense-paid trip to the Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December 2021 and an expense-paid trip to represent Ohio at the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Atlanta in January 2022.

Applications for the 2022 Discussion Meet are due Oct. 8.

National Awards: These three competitions enable members to showcase their leadership experience, communication skills and successful business plans as they compete against the best of the best from each state Farm Bureau.

As part of the 2022 national YF&R competitions, the top four competitors in the Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Ag awards will receive:

Winner (1st Place): a new Ford vehicle (up to a value of $35,000) and paid registration to the Farm Bureau FUSION Conference, courtesy of Ford.

Runner-up (Second Place) receives: Case IH Farmall 50A, courtesy of Case IH.

Third Place receives: Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH, a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Inc. (AFBIS) plus $1,850 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise (PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox & Irwin), courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.

Fourth Place receives: Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.

Young Agricultural Professionals is a part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. If you are not an Ohio Farm Bureau member, find out more about membership or join now. We’d love to have you as a member.

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