Young Ag Professionals continue toy tradition

Young Ag Professionals continue toy tradition

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The Ashland and Wayne County Young Ag Professionals and the Medina County Young Farmers hosted the fifth annual Ag Toy Drive on Nov. 30 at Lincoln Way Vineyards in Wooster. After sponsorships and individual contributions were counted, over $11,000 in agricultural toys were donated to Associated Charities of Ashland County, Medina Toys for Tots and Wayne County Toys for Tots this holiday season.

Each year the event seeks partnership with local businesses prior to the event to increase the overall impact.

“The success of this event relies so much on our community rallying together around the value of agriculture,” said Bailey Morrell, committee chair. “It’s been exciting to watch the engagement with this event grow. The list of reoccurring, longtime sponsors is just as long as the list of new, first-time sponsors, and we’re grateful for all of them. The passion, investment and dedication our local business owners have for their community is inspiring.”

Legacy Sponsors include Apple Creek Banking Co., Bauman Oil, Cargill, Commodity Blenders, Farm Credit Mid-America, Gerwig’s White Barn, Heffelfinger’s Meats, Jones Livestock, Park National Bank, Slicker Farms and Rural King Supply of Wooster.

Gold Sponsors include Certified Angus Beef, Davis Tree Farm & Nursery, E.R. Boliantz Co., Farmers National Bank, Farmers State Bank, Gerber Feed Service, Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Homer Yost Agency, Honey Haven Farm, J Star Equipment, Lowe & Young Inc., Mike and Patti Boyert, Trent Insurance Group, Tyler Grain & Fertilizer, Wayne Savings Community Bank, and WQKT Radio.

Both local business and individual cash donations were used to purchase ag-themed toys within each county. The committee looks forward to continuing the tradition of this event next year.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are age 18-35, singles and married, and interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. For more information visit