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Young agriculture professional group starts in Coshocton By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON – A new group has formed as part of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau to help young pro- fessionals involved in the industry. “Th e Coshocton Young Agriculture Professionals (YAP) are 18-35 year old individuals who are con- nected to improving local Finton agriculture, interested in learning from networking and developing leadership skills,” said Kayla Finton, who is the Coshocton County Farm Bureau President. “Th is group is local but members are able to participate in the state and national programs of the Farm Bureau Ag Professional Program.” Th ere are 150 members of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau who qualify to be young agriculture professional members. Finton said about 40 of them actively partici- pate in the group. “As this continues and people learn about the pur- pose of this group we hope to see this number continue to grow,” she said. “Th e Coshocton group meets on a quarterly basis. In December there was a trip to the Columbus Zoo Lights. Th is month a night at the Wooly Pig Brewery is planned to learn about the hops indus- try. A summer event is in the works to learn about local resources available.” Th ere are no added fees to join the Coshocton Young Agriculture Professionals. You just have to have an ac- tive Farm Bureau membership. “Th e goal is that the leaders of today and tomorrow in the agriculture community fi nd value in the Farm Bu- “The Coshocton Young Agriculture Professionals (YAP) are 18-35 year old individuals who are connected to improving local agriculture, interested in learning from networking and developing leadership skills.” Kayla Finton reau and more specifi cally fi nd the Coshocton County Young Ag Professionals as a great transition from FFA or 4-H as they return from college or start a family in Coshocton County,” Finton said. “I hope the Coshocton Young Ag Professionals creates a strong group of leaders that become trusted resources for each other.” Kayla Finton To learn more about the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agriculture Professionals groups, visit https://ofbf.org/ experience-yap/. Finton started Coshocton’s group and is creating a committee led by Jenna Wyler and Kaitlyn Finton to continue the local program. “Getting started in the agriculture industry comes with a learning curve and hurdles to enter,” Finton said. “Young people entering this industry, whether farming or taking on a career that is correlated to agriculture, is becoming less and less. I hope the Coshocton Young Ag Professionals creates a strong group of leaders that become trusted resources for each other. In addition, I would hope the YAP group becomes a point of contact for the community to become informed and updated on where their food and fi ber comes from.” If You Have One of These... ...You’ll Need One of These Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District 724 S. 7th Street, Coshocton, OH 43812 740-622-8087, Ext. 4 • www.coshoctonswcd.org www.facebook.com/CoshoctonSWCD Protecting our local soil and water resources since 1942 Coshocton County Plat Books - $10 Proud supporter of Coshocton County Agriculture The by 0033_031319 P.O. BOX 606 COSHOCTON 740-622-0941 www.coshoctongrain.com MARCH 13, 2019 Saluting the efforts of our area farmers. www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com 313 Main St, Coshocton, OH 740-622-5956 Hours: M-F 9:30am-5:30pm Sat 9:00am-3:00pm THE BEACON 5-B