New leaders have been selected to lead the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals, a group of people ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.
Charlie and Casey Ellington, and Aaron Harter have been named the 2020 chairs of the YAP Committee. Megan Brannon has been chosen as secretary.
The group includes 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, seed representatives, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.
The Ellingtons own and operate Ellington Farms in Stark County, Ohio, where they raise cattle, hogs, poultry and hay alongside their families. They also are involved at Southern Star Farms, a small dairy. Charlie is a nutritional consultant for Heritage Cooperative and serves on the Stark County Farm Bureau board of trustees. Casey was a 2018 Discussion Meet finalist and works full time on the farm selling and marketing their products directly to consumers. Both are graduates of AgriPower, OFB’s intensive leadership institute. The Ellingtons have two children.
Harter, an environmental manager for Denali Water Solutions, is an active Farm Bureau member from Preble County, Ohio. He attended the YAP Washington, D.C., trip in 2017, and he has served as residuals committee chair of the Indiana Water Environment Association and as a volunteer for the Preble County Pork Festival.
Brannon resides in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, with her husband, Tyrone, where they have poultry, raise produce and herbs and specialize in microgreens. On their farming operation, the Brannons sell directly to consumers at their farm and at farmers markets. Megan teaches undergraduate educational technology at Kent State University.