OFBF awards scholarships


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COLUMBUS – Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded scholarships to recipients pursuing further education in an agriculture-related industry. Scholarships were awarded in amounts between $1,000-$2,200. Recipients receive the award after their first academic term at their listed college or university.

Dr. Jack Judy Scholarship funds assist students who are in at least their second year of undergraduate study and have been active in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and/or whose parents are members. This year’s scholarship recipient is:

  • Jacob Wenner, Delaware County, University of Wisconsin

Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund: Established in 2011, the objective of the fund is to assist students who plan to pursue careers focusing on agriculture, community service and association leadership. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Brittany Conkey, Defiance County, University of Findlay
  • Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University
  • Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay

Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund: Established in 1985, it assists students who have been active in the Farm Bureau youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Matthew Klopfenstein, Paulding County, Ohio State University
  • Sierra Jepsen, Fairfield County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University
  • Hannah Jarvis, Columbiana County, Ohio State University
  • Todd Peterson, Fayette County, Ohio State University

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar: The award recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers in rural, suburban and/or urban settings. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Garrett Stanfield, Adams County, Ohio State University
  • Clare Sollars, Fayette County, Southern State Community College
  • Rachel Cline, Jefferson County, Eastern Gateway Community College

The foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program is awarded to applicants who may not be majoring in agriculture directly, but who must explain how their chosen career field will benefit a field related to agriculture or community development, such as food production, scientific research, education/outreach, marketing, policymaking, advocacy, or leadership development. This year’s recipients are:

  • Melanie Fuhrmann, Scioto County, Ohio State University
  • Brianna Gwirtz, Richland County, Ohio State University
  • Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University
  • Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay

The John C. “Jack” Fisher Scholarship funds come from the contributions made to the Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University
  • Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay
  • Matthew Klopfenstein, Paulding County, Ohio State University
  • Todd Peterson, Fayette County, Ohio State University
  • Brianna Gwirtz, Richland County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University

The Ralph Grimshaw Scholarship is awarded annually by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Katie Frost, Fayette County, Ohio State University
  • Morgan Mazey, Wood County, University of Findlay
  • Kierstyn Wood, Wayne County, Ohio State University-ATI

The newest scholarship fund was established by the Walter family in memory of former Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Supervisor Kenny Walter. The Kenny Walter Scholarship’s first recipient is:

  • Kady Davis, Carroll County, Ohio State University

John Deere Green Fleet Rewards newest OFBF membership benefit

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are now eligible for discounts on select John Deere equipment, parts, tools and workshop equipment.

OFBF members now automatically qualify for John Deere’s GreenFleetTMLoyalty Rewards program. The Green Fleet program offers Ohio Farm Bureau members a free two-year Platinum 2 membership, which allows members to receive special equipment discounts, low rate financing, 10 percent savings at JohnDeereStore.com and 10 percent savings on workshop products. Farm Bureau members also receive monthly exclusive offers and insider tips to enhance their equipment experience.

To sign up, members should visit ofbf.org and click on the John Deere member benefit page.

“The John Deere brand is well respected in rural Ohio and we’re proud to partner with them,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. “Working with John Deere is one more way Farm Bureau is providing valuable benefits to our members.”

“John Deere is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land. Together with Farm Bureau, we are strengthening our agricultural communities and building for the future,” said Steve Geick, John Deere Director Ag Industry Relations US/Canada. “The GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program for Farm Bureau members is John Deere’s way of rewarding those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land.”

In addition to this new John Deere program, Farm Bureau members also enjoy special pricing on insurance and financial services, dining and entertainment, health needs, small business supplies, outdoor clothing, travel and recreation and other products and services.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is “Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.”

To learn more about Farm Bureau, the John Deere discount program and other member benefits visit ofbf.org.

Farm Bureau young leader groups get boost from Farm Credit Mid-America

Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals groups and Collegiate Farm Bureau groups can obtain funding for local projects thanks to the generous support of Farm Credit Mid-America.

Eight local YAP groups and two Collegiate Farm Bureau groups will be awarded $500 grants for educational programming or events. Applications for the grants can be submitted at http://ofb.ag/yaplocalgrants18 and are due Dec. 15, 2017. Winners will be recognized during Ohio Farm Bureau’s Winter Leadership Experience Feb. 2-3 in Columbus.

“Participation in our YAP and Collegiate programs is growing. This is the second year for this program, and funding from last year helped our members with projects such as connecting FFA students with young ag professionals, starting new YAP groups and offering scholarships to Farm Bureau events,” said Melinda Witten, leadership programming director for Ohio Farm Bureau.

The local grants are a part of Farm Credit Mid-America’s financial contribution to Farm Bureau young leader programs in their four-state region of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. A portion of the funds donated to Ohio is being used for the local grants program.

“Our purpose is to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture,” said Jonathan Carter, assistant vice president of Farm Credit’s young and beginning farmer program. “Since Farm Bureau’s YAP and Collegiate programs are similar in mission and values to ours, we felt we could really support their efforts and work together in helping develop leadership skills with those who desire a future in agriculture.”

“We want to thank Farm Credit Mid-America for their great support of our programs for young adults and college students. Their involvement helps ensure we’ll be able to grow our next generation of farm and food leaders,” Witten said.

To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program and its Collegiate Farm Bureau program, visit experienceyap.com.

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Information for this story was provided by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Information for this story was provided by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.