The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.
They are Ron Burns of Milford Center, Latham and Katie Farley of Piketon, Aaron and Sarah Heilers of Anna and Duayne and Monica Wetherell of Mingo Junction.
As team members, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young people to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs. Burns produces grain, hay and straw with his family and works as a supervisor for a logistics company. He is a graduate of Ohio State University where he majored in agricultural systems management and minored in horticulture and crop science. He is a member of Union County Farm Bureau.
Latham manages the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office for Pike and Scioto counties and helps his father-in-law farm during planting and harvest. Katie works as a graphic designer. Latham earned a degree in biology from Mississippi State University and Katie graduated from Miami University with a degree in graphic design. They are members of Pike County Farm Bureau.
Aaron and Sarah operate a 1-acre vineyard and produce pork for friends and family. They both are Ohio State University graduates where Aaron earned a degree in landscape horticulture and Sarah in agricultural education. Sarah earned her master’s degree in teaching and learning from Nova Southeastern University. Aaron is a drainage technician with the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District and Sarah teaches agricultural classes at Fort Loramie Schools. They are members of Shelby County Farm Bureau.
The Wetherells both come from dairy farming backgrounds and are transitioning their farm to raise beef cattle. Duayne also works for a burial vault company and Monica works for a law office. The Wetherells both attended Hocking College where Duayne earned an associate’s degree in natural resources interpretive services and Monica in office administration. They are members of Jefferson County Farm Bureau.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and married couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.