Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals
Winter Leadership Experience
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020
HYATT REGENCY | COLUMBUS, OH
Agriculture has many faces, just like our young ag professionals. We are young adults, single and married, who share a passion for farming, rural living, and/or local foods. We’re full and part-time farmers, Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, media reporters, livestock and equine enthusiasts, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more! We invite you to join us for leadership experience, building personal and professional skills, networking with agricultural leaders, and making a difference in our communities, Farm Bureau and agriculture. Join us for a time of personal and professional development, meeting other young professionals from around Ohio, fun, food and fellowship!
350 N. High Street | Columbus, OH 43215
Registration is closed.
Many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for this conference. Discounts available for Group Membership participants. Contact your county Farm Bureau for details.
Orders placed before 1/22/2020 will be available for pickup at the Young Ag Professionals Conference. Teeshirts will also be sold at the conference. Any orders placed after 1/22/2020 will ship direct after the conference.
Adult: $15 | Youth: $11
Friday, Jan. 31
2 p.m. Early Registration
3 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions
5 p.m. General Registration & Partnership Showcase
6:30 p.m. Discussion Meet
7:15 p.m. General Session
8 p.m. Keynote Speaker Jay Hill
9 p.m. Entertainment
10:30 p.m. Adjourn
Saturday, Feb. 1
7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Family Feud
8 a.m. General Session- Discussion Meet, YAP awards
8:45 a.m. Partnership Showcase
9:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 2
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 3
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker Amberley Snyder
2 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions
3 p.m. Adjourn
Track 1 – Traditional (On the Farm)
Water Conservation Technology
What’s next in seed technology?
Cover Crop/Soil Health
Breaking the Stigma with Mental Health
Economic Impact of Agricultural Diversification
Track 2 – Niche and Specialty Growers
Sheep and Goat Emerging Markets
Insect Management using Biopesticides
Hemp in Ohio: What you need to know
Will solar energy shine on your farm?
Alternative Species, as an alternative revenue stream?!
Track 3 – Consumer Engagement
What you need to know to sell your farm products
Connecting with Skeptical Consumers
Entrepreneurship within 21st Century Agriculture
Agritourism, is it right for you?
Agriculture Social Media Advocacy
Track 4 – Business Management
New Year, New Rules — Farm Bill
Farming Finance Essentials
NRCS — programs to build your operation
Tax implications for your business
Are you covered for contract farming?
Track 5 – Young Professionals (Professional Development/Collegiate)
OFBF and AFBF Leadership Opportunities
There’s an App for that
Ag Career Demands
How-to guide: Running for an elected office
Extended Learning Sessions
Know to Grow
Networking and Etiquette
Risk Assessments and Coverage
Communications Boot Camp
North High Brewery Tour $
Paint and Sip
Grain Markets: Making the Most for your Farm
North High Brewery Tour $
Download the conference app to stay up-to-date on the activities at the event.(Coming soon)
Where can I get a list of workshops being offered at this year’s event? There are 40 unique sessions to choose from during the conference. Take a look at our tracks here.
What is the registration deadline? Early-bird deadline: December 20, 2019 (Registering by this date will save you $$)
Late registration deadline: January 3, 2020
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? The conference is for current, paid Ohio Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35. If you are not a current Ohio Farm Bureau member, please register under the nonmember category so you can register as a member.
When will I receive confirmation of my registration? You will receive a confirmation email for your event registration when you register. If you do not receive it, check your spam filter. Still don’t see it? You can contact [email protected] for help.
What’s the refund policy? Registration cancelled before January 3, 2020 is eligible for a full refund. After January 3, 2020, please contact [email protected]
Will I have a roommate? Due to the space restrictions, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY that you will be assigned a roommate, unless you have indicated otherwise on your registration form. We would encourage you to come with a friend or challenge yourself to meet someone new!
How can I contact the organizer with additional questions? Send an email to [email protected]
Are you an event speaker, sponsor or part of an OFBF group membership? To register, please contact [email protected]
Down Home Friday Night
What better way to spend a Friday night than listening to a live duet cover 90’s country songs with 500 of your closest friends? Friday night entertainment will also include a competitive round of Euchre, mechanical bull, and some of your favorite country music. Join your friends for a low-key Friday night.
2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Jay Hill seeks to inspire the less than 2% of us in agriculture to keep fighting for what we believe in. His story started with 10 acres and a 4020 John Deere and is now over 17,000 acres with 120 employees. Jay claims it was not him that grew the farm, it was finding the right team of people to push him deeper into agriculture and the absolute love of it. His message is about tolerance between the farmer and consumer, and gaining understanding between the two sides: the importance of when to share information from the farm and when to listen to the consumer, finding the right time and message to send, and when and when not to respond. Jay wants people to walk out of the room full of energy and fresh ideas that they can use on their operations.
Amberley shares her experience from living the perfect life to it all crashing in an instant. A rollover accident leaving her paralyzed changes everything. She learns how accepting help and serving others can be such an important part of life. Amberley shows how life knocked her down, but with the help of her family, friends and faith she has worked to “get back on the horse.”
ABOUT YOUNG AG PROFESSIONALS
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.
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