Young Ag Professionals to meet in Columbus

Staff report

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals will hold its annual Winter Leadership Experience Feb. 3-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. The event includes 20 workshops covering a wide range of food and farming topics.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Tyne Morgan, host for the “U.S. Farm Report,” a nationally syndicated program focusing on agriculture, rural issues, and the country lifestyle. State Sen. Bob Peterson and Tim Corcoran, Nationwide Board chairman, will also address the attendees.

The conference also will feature a performance by Tim, the Dairy Farmer, who has performed comedy for 15 years.

Last year’s Leadership Experience brought together more than 700 young farmers and ag professionals interested in food and farming for a day and a half of workshops, networking, and fun. Attendees will choose from among 20 workshops including phosphorus levels in Ohio, ag finance to gain ownership of farms, starting a CSA, cover crops, artisan cheese making, fighting hunger in Ohio, contract livestock feeding, building your personal brand, direct marketing, and how to start a local YAP group, among others.

Register online at or by contacting a county Farm Bureau office. County office information can be found at

Registration cost for an individual with no hotel room is $100 or $150 with a hotel room. Two people sharing a room can get the discounted registration price of $225 for both registrations.

Conference sponsors are Farm Credit Mid-America, Heartland Bank, Nationwide, Ag Credit, Archbold Equipment Co., Beck’s Hybrids, Bob Evans, PNC Bank, Keller Meats, Ohio FFA Foundation and Wellington Equipment.

Finals of the Discussion Meet contest also will take place at the conference. For more information. and to view the full agenda, visit

Staff report