In 2019, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will select 20 individuals to participate in AgriPOWER, a leadership and advocacy development program, which will consist of seven multi-day institutes (17 total days). Applications are due April 19.
Topics covered will include public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become an effective leader and advocate for agriculture. Two of the institute sessions will be held out of state (one in Washington, D.C. and the other location will be decided at a later date) to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues. Brochure
Consider applying if:
• You want to improve your understanding of current issues and develop the skills necessary to lead and become an advocate for agriculture.
• You have a passion for agriculture and see yourself in a leadership role in the future.
• You are interested in the political process and/or have thought about running for office.
• You are open to new experiences and learning.
• You can commit the time necessary to participate in the program.
2019-2020 Session Outline
SESSION 1 | JULY 19-20 Columbus
Program orientation and getting to know Farm Bureau. Personal strengths finder assessment, evolving leadership development and public speaking training.
SESSION 2 | AUG. 8-10 TBD
Power and role of the media, spokesperson training, changing nature of communications, social media, and Ohio trade and export issues.
SESSION 3 | SEPT. 10-12 Washington, D.C.
Power of organizations, Farm Bureau’s process, national and international issues, trade, demographics and federal government basics.
SESSION 4 | NOV. 15-16 Columbus
Up close look at state government, working with statewide elected officials and politics and etiquette.
SESSION 5 | DEC. 13-14 TBD
Local (township and county) government basics, local economic development, energy issues and water quality. Leading and understanding change, activists and advocacy, divergent views, attacks on agriculture and food.
SESSION 6 | FEB. 20-22 TBD
Out of state agriculture tour. Explore current issues in food, agriculture, and the environment in another state. Gain a first-hand perspective of agricultural facilities, businesses and Farm Bureau’s role in another state. Explore ways for Farm Bureaus to work together.
SESSION 7 | MARCH 13-14 Columbus
Service opportunities to get engaged in agricultural organizations, local organizations and Ohio Farm Bureau. Review business structures and transitions. AgriPOWER graduation.
Tuition and application
The tuition is $4,500 per person, plus each individual is responsible for a $400 participation deposit.
Applications should be completed and returned to Ohio Farm Bureau postmarked by April 19, 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau will review the applications and select the 2019-2020 class. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status after May 22, 2019.
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