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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. Deadline to apply: Dec. 15, 2017

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Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience

February 2-3, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Columbus

One day registration: $100,
One person registration: $180 (includes own room)
Two people registration: $225
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15

Keynote Speaker:
Kelly Barnes, Professional speaker and leadership coach

The Big Bang Dueling Pianos


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


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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:

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YAP Activities and Opportunities

National Young Farmers Conference Scholarships


Ohio Farm Bureau will select and cover the costs for 10 Young Agricultural Professionals members (ages 18 to 35) to attend American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Reno, Nev. Feb. 16-19, 2018. Learn more.

Winter Leadership Experience



Feb. 2-3, 2018, Columbus

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. Read a recap of the 2017 event and see photos.

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

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 Sept. 12-14, 2017 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. Learn more or contact your county Farm Bureau if you are interested in the annual trip.

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. Applications are closed for the 2018 committee. Meet the current committee members.

Outstanding Young Farmer

Christian Hoffman of Stoutsville is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 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. Each year, the top three applicants have a 20-minute interview with a panel of three judges in September. The winner will be recognized at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting in December and receives an expense-paid trip to compete in the national contest at the AFBF annual meeting the following January. The 2018 AFBF annual meeting is in Nashville.  Additionally, the winner receives 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, and a $1,000  Grainger gift certificate sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America

The 2018 application period is closed.

Excellence in Agriculture

Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore are the winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 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. The statewide winner is recognized at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting in December and receives an expense-paid trip to compete in the national contest at the AFBF annual meeting, which is in Nashville in January 2018. The winner  receives a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and $1,000 award sponsored by Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau. 

The 2018 application period is closed.

Discussion Meet

Danielle Burch of Columbiana County (left) won the 2017 Discussion Meet competition. YAP committee co-chairs Greg and Theresa Corcoran presented the cash portion of her award during the YAP 2017 Winter Leadership Experience.

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. The statewide winner is recognized at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting and receives an expense-paid trip to compete in the national contest at the AFBF annual meeting in January, which is in Nashville in 2018. The winner receives a $1,000 prize from Nationwide Insurance

The Discussion Meet semi finals will be held at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting in December 2017 and finals are held at the Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience in February 2018.

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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