As the next executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Adam Sharp recognizes the career skills he acquired at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“My experience at Ohio State definitely put me on the course into this role,” said Sharp (BS, Agricultural Communication, 1994), who takes over July 18 at the Ohio Farm Bureau, a grassroots membership organization that supports the food and farm community statewide.
“What was really a key to being able to move into a successful career in agriculture was an undergraduate internship in Washington, D.C.,” Sharp said. A CFAES advisor had suggested the internship opportunity, which led to a temporary position and later a permanent job in Washington.
In addition, "being part of the clubs and organizations on campus was very important,” said Sharp, who was a member of Alpha Zeta fraternity, now known as FarmHouse, among other student groups.
Sharp also learned about different cultures through Study Abroad trips. All in all, attending Ohio State was the right decision, although there was never a question that is where he would go. His entire family graduated from there. His father and brother both played football under Woody Hayes and John Cooper, respectively. His wife, Lisa, is an Ohio State graduate.
“Whether it is sporting events, ag events, or just to walk around campus. I have a strong personal connection, with the university.”
Sharp has served in various leadership positions at the Ohio Farm Bureau since 2004, most recently as vice president of public policy. He succeeds Jack Fisher, who is retiring after 20 years as executive vice president of the organization.
Having grown up participating in a farm bureau council with his family, Sharp has always been dedicated to the organization, he said.
“Our members are active local and statewide leaders with a strong farming and food interest. One in seven jobs in Ohio is tied to agriculture,’’ said Sharp, who also owns and operates a family farm in Amanda, Ohio, with his brothers.
In his new role, Sharp plans to continue to work with Ohio State. “I feel a loyalty and a trust between our organization and the university,” he said.
Sharp seeks opportunities to mix with the students and share college experiences.
“I tell them if you work hard and look for the opportunities at Ohio State, you can make a good strong career out of agriculture,” he said.