Young Active Member
Why become a member?
Ohio’s food and farm community needs your support. Becoming an Ohio Farm Bureau member is a great way to get involved with the advocacy efforts of farmers in your community. Membership offers great professional development, networking and educational opportunities.
Who qualifies as a Young Active member?
Any person 18 to 24 years old directly impacted by the health of the agricultural industry will have full voting rights and access to all member benefits at a reduced membership dues rate of $25.
“I was looking for something to continue the leadership and professional development and networking opportunities that programs like 4-H and FFA provided when I was younger. Ohio Farm Bureau provides that through its Young Ag Professional program, and many other opportunities, conferences and activities.”Tim Terrill
Member benefits, savings and services
Members receive all Ohio Farm Bureau publications including Our Ohio and Buckeye Farm News and other online publications. Members also save on a variety of products and services including Nationwide Insurance, select Ford and Lincoln vehicles and Case IH tractors as well as travel, health and financial products.
Local Young Ag Professional Groups
There are dozens of local Young Ag Professional groups around the state. Some focus on education and professional development, some on community development, some on social gatherings and some of them have a bit of everything. There is also the opportunity to work with county Farm Bureaus to create your own group.
What will your dues support?
Membership funds are allocated toward a variety of programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing scholarships and grants, supporting local food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.
Programs and opportunities
- ATTEND professional development, networking and learning opportunities with the Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) program.
- PARTICIPATE IN leadership and travel opportunities if serving on the YAP State Committee.
- TAKE PART IN Farm Bureau’s local, state and national policy development process. Advocate for food and farming at the Ohio Statehouse and in Washington, D.C.
- STAY CONNECTED and even share your own story through online communities, including the Growing Our Generation e-letter.
- #TAKEOVERTUESDAY on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Instagram where members can share their stories by sharing a day in their life on the farm and job.
- REPRESENT Ohio agriculture and win GREAT prizes through the Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests.
- GROW your leadership skills with AgriPOWER Institute, an elite year-long program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals.
- CONNECT with other members at colleges across the state including Ohio State University and Wilmington College with their Collegiate Young Farmers student organizations.
“The opportunities to be involved are endless. From participating in networking events, leadership opportunities, providing a voice when lobbying or staying up-to-date on current news through Farm Bureau publications, I’ve found value as a young active member through my involvement at the county, state and national levels of Farm Bureau.”Kelly Fager
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Mission
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. This means advocating for Ohio’s farm families on issues that help them in business and, in turn, provide consumers a wide variety of food choices. Since 1919, Ohio Farm Bureau has worked to make Ohio a great place to call home—and it doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer who produces food or a customer who purchases it, there’s a place for you in Farm Bureau.