Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020


Hyatt Regency
350 N. High Street | Columbus, OH 43215
REGISTRATION – To register click here
Early Bird by Dec. 20
Costs increase Dec. 21
One-day: $100
 | $125 (no hotel room)
One person: $180 | $205
Student: $160  | $180
Two people: $225 | $275
Registration closes Jan. 3, 2020
Many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for this conference. Discounts available for Group Membership participants. Contact your county Farm Bureau for details.


Friday, Jan. 31
2 p.m. Early Registration
3 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions
5 p.m. General Registration & Partnership Showcase
6:30 p.m. Discussion Meet
7:15 p.m. General Session
8 p.m. Keynote Speaker Jay Hill
9 p.m. Entertainment
10:30 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, Feb. 1
7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Family Feud
8 a.m. General Session- Discussion Meet, YAP awards
8:45 a.m. Partnership Showcase
9:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 2
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 3
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker Amberley Snyder
2 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions
3 p.m. Adjourn

Workshop Tracks

Track 1 – Traditional (On the Farm)

Water Conservation Technology

What’s next in seed technology?

Cover Crop/Soil Health

Breaking the Stigma with Mental Health

Economic Impact of Agricultural Diversification

Nutrient Management

Track 2 – Niche and Specialty Growers

Sheep and Goat Emerging Markets

Beekeeping 101

Insect Management using Biopesticides

Hemp in Ohio: What you need to know

Will solar energy shine on your farm?

Alternative Species,  as  an alternative revenue stream?!

Track 3 – Consumer Engagement

What you need to know to sell your farm products

Connecting with Skeptical Consumers

Food Labeling

Entrepreneurship within 21st Century Agriculture

Agritourism, is it right for you?

Agriculture Social Media Advocacy

Track 4 – Business Management

New Year, New Rules — Farm Bill

Farming Finance Essentials

NRCS — programs to build your operation

Magnetic Marketing

Tax implications for your business

Are you covered for contract farming?

Track 5 – Young Professionals (Professional Development/Collegiate)

Priority Issues

YAP Programming

OFBF and AFBF Leadership Opportunities

There’s an App for that

Ag Career Demands

How-to guide: Running for an elected office

Extended Learning Sessions

Session 1:
Know to Grow
Networking and Etiquette
Risk Assessments and Coverage
Communications Boot Camp
North High Brewery Tour $

Session 2:
Paint and Sip
Give back!
Grain Markets: Making the Most for your Farm
Farm Fit
North High Brewery Tour $

Attendee Information

Download the conference app to stay up-to-date on the activities at the event.(Coming soon)


Where can I get a list of workshops being offered at this year’s event? There are 40 unique sessions to choose from during the conference. Take a look at our tracks here.

What is the registration deadline? Early-bird deadline: December 20, 2019 (Registering by this date will save you $$)
Late registration deadline: January 3, 2020

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? The conference is for current, paid Ohio Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35. If you are not a current Ohio Farm Bureau member, please register under the nonmember category so you can register as a member.

When will I receive confirmation of my registration? You will receive a confirmation email for your event registration when you register. If you do not receive it, check your spam filter. Still don’t see it? You can contact [email protected] for help.

What’s the refund policy? Registration cancelled before January 3, 2020 is eligible for a full refund. After January 3, 2020, please contact [email protected]

Will I have a roommate? Due to the space restrictions, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY that you will be assigned a roommate, unless you have indicated otherwise on your registration form. We would encourage you to come with a friend or challenge yourself to meet someone new!

How can I contact the organizer with additional questions? Send an email to pdavis@ofbf.org.

Are you an event speaker, sponsor or part of an OFBF group membership? To register, please contact pdavis@ofbf.org.


Down Home Friday Night

What better way to spend a Friday night than listening to a live duet cover 90’s country songs with 500 of your closest friends? Friday night entertainment will also include a competitive round of Euchre, mechanical bull, and some of your favorite country music. Join your friends for a low-key Friday night.


Jay Hill

Jay Hill seeks to inspire the less than 2% of us in agriculture to keep fighting for what we believe in. His story started with 10 acres and a 4020 John Deere and is now over 17,000 acres with 120 employees. Jay claims it was not him that grew the farm, it was finding the right team of people to push him deeper into agriculture and the absolute love of it. His message is about tolerance between the farmer and consumer, and gaining understanding between the two sides: the importance of when to share information from the farm and when to listen to the consumer, finding the right time and message to send, and when and when not to respond. Jay wants people to walk out of the room full of energy and fresh ideas that they can use on their operations.

Amberley Snyder

Amberley shares her experience from living the perfect life to it all crashing in an instant. A rollover accident leaving her paralyzed changes everything. She learns how accepting help and serving others can be such an important part of life. Amberley shows how life knocked her down, but with the help of her family, friends and faith she has worked to “get back on the horse.”


Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. Whether you have a half-acre or 5,000 acres or work in the food and farming industry, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals has a place for you!

Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are full- and part-time farmers, OSU Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, former Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members, FFA and 4-H alumni, farm media communicators, livestock and equine enthusiasts, wine makers, alpaca breeders, seed representatives, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.

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Young Agricultural Professionals is a part of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. If you are not an Ohio Farm Bureau member, find out more about membership or join now. We’d love to have you as a member.

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