Ohio State Young Leaders Conference

For the fourth year in a row, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho and the women of Sigma Alpha at The Ohio State University will be hosting a Young Leaders Conference for all high school age students with an interest in agriculture. The event is geared toward helping students gain both professional and leadership skills, with a focus being in the agricultural industry.

Attached is the invitation as well as the agenda (ylc-agenda and ylc-invitation). To register students, please have them follow the link to the google form. Checks to register can be made to Sigma Alpha, with “YLC” in the memo line.

The 2017 Young Leaders Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

Please feel free to direct all questions to: ylc.osu@gmail.com

Thank you,

The Young Leaders Conference Committee

Register for the 2017 Young Leaders Conference

WinField United Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program – due February 10, 2017

Scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded to 10 high school seniors and 10 college students in their first or second year who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future.

The Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program is available to high school graduating seniors and first or second year college students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agronomy, crop production, or closely related fields.

To qualify for the program, a student must:

  • Be a high school senior, graduating in spring of 2017; or
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore;
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and academic performance;
  • Complete an application including two reference letters and official transcript; and
  • Write essays describing the importance of farmer cooperatives, and why he or she is interested in an agricultural career.

Since its formation 26 years ago, the Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program have awarded more than $500,000 to young adults who share the same commitment to agronomy, excellence and the cooperative system.

Applications are available by clicking here. All applications must be postmarked by Feb.10th, 2017. Winners will be notified by mail in April 2017.

National 4-H Summer Program Assistant Positions – Apply Now!

Know a student passionate about government, history, political science, education, speaking, or leadership? Encourage them to apply to be a Summer 2017 Program Assistant (PA) at the National 4‑H Conference Center. For more information and to apply, click here.

Ohio Corn & Wheat Student Memberships

Ohio Corn & Wheat student membership is now being sponsored by Beck’s! This is an excellent opportunity for students! Being a part of the New Crop would be an excellent addition for student’s FFA or 4-H experience. Here are some of the many opportunities and value we can offer to FFA and 4-H members (Scholarships, Professional Development, Travel opportunities, Leadership Training, Networking opportunities, and Up to Date information of the industry). We are currently recruiting for New Crop Class II, this means students that have not been members before can join at no cost. First time members can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/SoGyMMYty5zkKHXv1. If you have any questions, contact Ellen Gilliland at egilliland@ohiocornandwheat.org.

New Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship – Due 6/30/2016

A new memorial scholarship has been set up to be administered through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The scholarship is in honor of Dr. John (Jack) Judy, who died in April 2015. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year college student who is either a member, or whose parents are members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. Applications for the Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship are due June 30.

Also, don’t forget that March 31 is the deadline for these scholarships: Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar, Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund and Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund.

State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Needed

  • Counselors and adult staff needed!
  • Applications can be found online at http://www.ohio4h.org/camp/leadership-camp
  • Individuals 18+ who are good leaders, past counselors, or interested in helping
  • Must complete application, undergo selection, and attain a background check
  • Required to participate in some trainings prior to camp, including May 20-22 and July 4 (both at Camp Ohio)–this is not negotiable.
  • Contact Becca Goodman, goodman.230@osu.edu or Hannah Epley epley.24@osu.edu for more information.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships – due 2/29/2016

Time’s almost up to apply for a scholarship offered through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The foundation has $18,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture. A total of 12 $1,500 scholarships will be awarded through four programs: Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar, Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund and Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund. Deadline is Feb. 29. Apply today!


4-H Advisory Committee Elections

Congratulations to the 4-H Advisory Committee new members joining in 2016 and will serve a 3 year term:

  • Area 1: Kris Doyle and Betsy Loy
  • Area 2: Stephen Bader
  • Area 3: Mark Sharp
  • Area 4: Katy Endsley

Additionally, we would like to congratulate and THANK those who have been elected to serve in the following officer or representative positions:

  • President (1 year term): Dawn Grube
  • Vice President (1 year term): Greg Swinehart
  • Secretary (1 year term): Kris Doyle
  • Treasurer (1 year term): Aubry Shaw
  • 4-H Endowment Board Representative (1 year term): Becky Hyme
  • Junior Fair Board Advisors: Loretta Sweeney and Stephen Bader (2 year term) and Becky Hyme and Sherry Kilbarger (1 year remaining on their term)
  • Sale Committee (2 year term): Kris Doyle
  • Extension Advisory Committee (4 year term): Katy Endsley; Also serving Toni Miller, Aubry Shaw, and Dawn Grube
  • Youth Representatives Elected from Junior Leaders: Derek Burns and Lauren Young (1 year remaining on their term) and Tierra Tooill and Levi Hyme (2 year term)


Youth Beef Industry Day

Ohio youth and their families are invited to attend Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Weaver Leather Youth Beef Industry Day on March 6, 2016 from 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. at the Eby Arena on the Madison County Fairgrounds, London, Ohio. Morning sessions will include a showmanship and daily care demonstration by Kirk Stierwalt. Additional age appropriate sessions will include:

  • Carcass Quality
  • Leadership
  • Careers
  • Cattlemen at the Capital – OCA Policy Update
  • Beef Quality Assurance

Lunch will be provided. Youth Beef Industry Day is open to all beef industry youth. Family participation is encouraged. For a registration form and further information, please visit http://www.ohiocattle.org/Youth/youth-beef-industry-day.

2016 Young Leaders Conference

The Men of Alpha Gamma Rho and the Women of Sigma Alpha at The Ohio State University invite high school youth to the 2016 Young Leaders Conference. Through in depth teaching sessions, meet and greets with experts in a wide array of agricultural fields, a career fair, and of course, food, students will leave the Conference with a better sense of how to find their fit and become the leaders of our agricultural world. Cost is $25.00/person. For agenda and registration form, please contact Leah Schwinn at Schwinn.8@osu.edu. Location: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210). Event will take place on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.