Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER welcomes new participants in elite training program


COLUMBUS – Nine farmers and agribusiness professionals have been selected to participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2022-2023 AgriPOWER Institute.

This yearlong program focuses on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry such as consumer relations, regulations, energy, and trade policies. It helps individuals develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture by learning from experts in these fields.

Class XIII members are, Heidi Breyley of Wellington, Amanda Bush of Edison, Renee Hamilton of Mechanicsburg, Stefanie Richardson of Medina, Katherine Share of Columbus, Adam Shawhan of South Charleston, Emily Buehler of Columbus, Kayla Weaver of Upper Sandusky and Kris Weiser of Gambier.

“AgriPOWER XIII will provide these future leaders the opportunity to learn about the diversity of issues facing Ohio agriculture while learning how to be effective advocates for the industry,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director. “We are excited for these members to experience the AgriPOWER program as part of their leadership journey.”

One of the sessions will take place in Washington, D.C. to give participants a better understanding of national and global issues, and an out-of-state session will help them learn about the differences and similarities in agriculture outside of Ohio.

Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class XIII are Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, Select Sires, Freedom Freight, Crossroads Crop Insurance and Highland County Farm Bureau.