Mary Buehler — Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Born and raised in Anna, Ohio, (population: 1,567), Mary Buehler has never found Ohio State (population: too many members of Buckeye Nation to count) to be too big. But before she arrived — as a first-generation student who graduated with about 85 people — the size of the Columbus campus was a genuine fear.
Now she’s in classes with more than 85 students!
While studying agribusiness and applied economics, Mary balances her academic schedule with out-of-classroom learning through work and internships. On the National AgriMarketing Association team, she develops business plans, products and services that provide a direct benefit to farmers. She helps them secure loans to buy seeds, fertilizer and equipment.
“My internships and school work have shown the critical importance of small farms,” Mary said. “I want to be someone who connects agriculturalists with the resources they need.”
Mary took her sophomore year off from classes to serve as state president of the Ohio FFA (Future Farmers of America) Association. Her gap year was filled with lessons in leadership. Upon returning to campus, she strives to be a mentor for her classmates and peers.
Last spring, Mary interned in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, she is an intern at The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, applying what she learned at the USDA, and bringing her knowledge and experience back to Ohio.
This summer, Mary will work at Farm Credit Mid-America on their Growing Forward program for young and beginning farmers. She’ll help farmers apply for and receive loans they usually wouldn’t be able to get without significant collateral. This focus on new farmers in her community is where Mary plans to continue working upon graduation.
“I want to be a part of our history, bringing my passion for agriculture to the greater Buckeye community by fighting food insecurity and creating a more sustainable tomorrow,” Mary said. “I’m proud of our foundational roots as a land-grant university, and excited for the growth and diversity that Ohio State will continue to cultivate.”