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Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals

Winter Leadership Experience

2018 Dates Coming Soon!



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!

Hyatt Regency
350 N. High Street | Columbus, OH 43215
 TBD a person with no hotel room
TBD a person with hotel room
TBD for two people sharing a hotel room
Many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for this conference.

Registration is now closed.




Friday, February 3

5 p.m. Registration and tradeshow opens

5:30 p.m. Discussion Meet Round 1

6:30 p.m. Registration and heavy hors d’oeuvres

7:30 p.m. Welcome

8 p.m. Discussion Meet Round 2

9 p.m. Adam Garman opening for Tim, The Dairy Farmer

Saturday, February 4

8 a.m. Breakfast and hotel checkout

8:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker – Tyne Morgan, RFD-TV

9:15 a.m. break

9:30 a.m. Round 1 Workshops

10:30 a.m. break

10:45 a.m. Round 2 Workshops

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:15 p.m. General Session

The Importance of your role in influencing grassroots policy

Sen. Bob Peterson and Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Staff
1:15 p.m. Round 3 Workshops

2:30 p.m. Round 4 Workshops

3:45 p.m. Closing Session

Start your leadership journey | Tim Corcoran, Nationwide Board of Directors Chairman

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

* denotes Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits available

2017 Workshops

Round 1 Workshops

What’s Spiking Phosphorus in Ohio?*
Chris Eidson, PhD, Brookside laboratories

Explore potential causes of algal blooms across the state. Learn about Brookside Laboratories’ extensive research on how changing soil chemistry, increases in drainage tile and climatic changes may affect the spikes in dissolved reactive phosphorous and how it could affect Ohio agriculture.


Using the Basics: Ag finance to gain farm ownership
Bennett Musselman and Joel Oney, Heartland Bank

Are you considering farm ownership? If you are thinking about purchasing your first farm or transitioning into ownership of the family farm, either can be a challenge. This session will focus on financial preparation, debt structure and using all of the available tools to assist with farm ownership.

Artisan Cheese Making at Home
Abbe Turner, Lucky Penny Farms

Learn how Lucky Penny Farms makes unique cheeses from goat and sheep milk and how they market their cheeses at local farmers markets. Cheese samples will be available during the session!

Beyond time management*
TBD, American Farm Bureau

Do you feel like you’re pulled in too many directions? If only you could focus on what’s important and forget the rest! It is possible to refocus on the stuff that matters, maximizing the limited resource of time. Join this session to learn how to do more than just manage your time.

Interviewing Tips from a Pro
Cindy Westfall, M-C Farms

You have landed a job interview. Now learn interviewing tips from a pro to help you land the job! Interviewing skills are important tools that will help you throughout your career.


Round 2 Workshops

Knowing and Understanding Different Types of Farm Leases
Peggy Hall, OSU Extension

Explore different types of farm leases and how to best select the one that works best for your farming operation.


Creating More Value with the Same Resources
Mike Kasten, Quality Beef by the Numbers

Learn about different types of production, data collection and management in cow-calf operations to create and capture more value for producers.


Beginning Tips for starting a CSA
Panel Discussion: Jess Campbell of Carroll Creek Farms, Stephen King of Kings Farms Ohio, and Jamie Smith of Bluescreek Farm Meats

Learn from CSA vendors from across the state as they discuss how they got started, what opportunities and challenges they’ve faced, and how they continue to grow their CSAs.


Getting to Know Farm Bureau
TBD, American Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau is one of the largest and most influential and powerful farm organizations in America. The opportunities for involvement are endless. Join this session to see where you can make an impact and become involved today!


Understanding Personal Finance
Rebecca Stewart, Bob Smith Nationwide Insurance Agency

Personal finance. It is one of those topics that you hate to think about, yet it is the most important skillset you can learn. Join Rebecca as she explains the basics of what you should know to start your own successful personal finance journey.

Round 3 Workshops

Farm Finances 201: How analyze your business financials
Dakota Everts, Farm Credit Mid America

Learn from an expert how to better analyze your farm finances. Participants will take a more in-depth look at what a lender looks at on your farm financial sheets.


New Strategies for Maximizing Cover Crop Profitability*
Steve Groff, Cover Crop Coaching

Dig into foundational cover crop strategies as well as explore unique and alternative practices, principles, and insight to make wise cover crop decisions that will have a better chance of working on your farm and in your fields. When cover crops reward the farmer for their investment, everybody wins.


Direct Marketing: Growing food, profits & community
Lyndsey Teter, Six Buckets Farm

Whether you are new to farming or looking to add value to food you already produce, direct marketing is a great way to increase your profit margins and build relationships within your local community. Learn how to identify local needs, share your story and build your customer base with on- and offline methods.


Federal, State and Local Food Initiatives
Lisa Fugitt Hamler, Ohio Association of Foodbanks

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, a public/private partnership that links farmers and growers to foodbanks and emergency food providers. Last year, this innovative partnership provided over 40 million pounds of healthy, wholesome Ohio grown and raised food, and helped feed more than 1 in 6 Ohioans.


The Art of Negotiating Job Offers
Adam Lohrey, Wilmington College

You’ve been offered a job! Congratulations! Now what?! Learn the art of negotiating, understanding benefits and how to professionally accept or deny the position.


Round 4 Workshops

Intro to Grain Marketing
Matt Bennett, Bennett Consulting

Do you get confused on grain marketing terms? Learn the basic meaning of puts, calls, hedging, and other topics regarding grain marketing that will make you ready to tackle the market.


Contract Livestock Feeding: Is It For me?
Dale Ricker, OSU Extension

This session will focus what it takes to be a good contract grower. The many opportunities for income as well as lessons learned from growers will be discussed. Learn how to enter into contract negotiations, all aspects of the cost of buildings and operating expenses and what needs to be considered prior to looking at this option.


The Art of Home Winemaking
Russ Stewart, Home Winemaker

An amateur home winemaker who produces 500 bottles of wine a year will discuss how he got started with three vines over two decades ago with no intention or knowledge of winemaking and now has over 70 vines and produces 12-15 types of wine from grapes and other fruits. Methods, the types of grapes grown and used for wine, and the challenges and rewards experienced will be covered.


How to Start a Local YAP Group
Panel Discussion: Shane Vetter, Becca Kocher, Ashley Weaver,
Jessica Clark and Andrea Bayles

Hear from an expert panel on how to start a YAP group in your county. The panelists all have successfully started YAP groups in their counties and will discuss how you can have the same success.


Building Your Personal Brand*
Marlene Eick, Herdmark Media

You share your brand’s story every day – do you know what story you’re telling? Join Marlene Eick to discuss the opportunities and platforms to build your personal brand. Stand out in your job search, elevate your career, and expand your influence.

* denotes Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits available

Young Ag Professionals Clothing

YAP MerchandiseHelp Ohio’s Young Ag Professionals raise money for Ohio’s Food Banks. Again this year, we are selling shirts and hats at the 2017 Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. New this year, sweatshirts, hats and beanies. Order yours today!

Last year we raised $8,000, helping us meet our goal of donating $10,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

All orders placed after January 16 will be shipped Monday, March 13.

Order Yours Today!

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Tyne Morgan; National Reporter for AgDay on RFD-TV

Tyne Morgan is in her “dream job.” She’s a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as agriculture news. Although Morgan always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling.

Sen. Bob Peterson

Ohio Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. Learn how important your role is in influencing Ohio lawmakers from Sen. Bob Peterson. Peterson represents the 17th Ohio Senate District. He also has been active in Farm Bureau including state president for five years.

Tim Corcoran

Tim Corcoran is owner/partner of Corcoran Farms, a grain, popcorn and beef production farm. Corcoran was active in his county Farm Bureau, YF&R  program and then served on the OFBF board of trustees from 1994 to 2001. Corcoran was elected to the Nationwide board in 2001 and has served as board chairman since April 2014.



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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