Young Ohioans participate in national Farm Bureau contest

John Schoenhals of Archbold and Caroline Weihl of Perrysburg recently represented Ohio in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet, a contest promoted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) sponsored their participation in the contest at the recent YF&R Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Schoenhals finished among the top 16 contestants. Both he and Weihl were awarded $250 scholarships from AFBF.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting and requires contestants to demonstrate leadership skills and knowledge of issues.

Schoenhals is a senior at Ohio State University where he is studying plant pathology and agronomy. He is vice president of the Ohio State Collegiate Young Farmers organization. His family has a farm in Fulton County.

Weihl is also an Ohio State University senior and is studying agricultural communications. She has been active in Farm Bureau. Her family farms in Wood County.

“We’re very proud of John and Caroline; they represented Ohio very well and we hope this experience will help them become leaders in Ohio’s agricultural community,” said Sandy Kuhn, Ohio Farm Bureau director, education and industry outreach.

Ohio Farm Bureau encourages undergraduate students to participate in its Collegiate Young Farmer organization. To learn more about the organization or the contest, contact Kuhn at or search for Collegiate Young Farmers-Farm Bureau Council on Facebook.

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