Young farmers, ranchers harvest wins

Young farmers, ranchers harvest wins

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8:00 pm

Winners of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions were an-nounced recently at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu.
Young farmers and ranchers from around the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry.
Ben and Jennifer Moore of Dresden won the Achievement Award.
As a result, they won either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or 2012 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM.
They also received paid registration to attend the 2012 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., this month.
Runners-up in the Achievement Award contest were Chad and Julie Carlton of Georgia, Travis and Renae Gebhart of South Dakota and Kirk and Stephanie Liefer of Illinois. The runners-up each received a Case IH Farmall 65A, courtesy of Case IH, a $5,000 savings bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.
The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities, according to a spokesman.
Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and leadership outside of Farm Bureau.
Heather Barnes of North Carolina won the Discussion Meet. She had her choice of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2012 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM, plus free registration to the 2012 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference.
The three runners-up in the Discussion Meet were Jacob Andersen of Idaho, Katie Pratt of Illinois and Chelsea Good of Kansas. Each runner-up received a Case IH Farmall 55A, courtesy of Case IH, a $5,000 savings bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.
The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected.
Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.
Andy and Ellie Holt of Palmersville won the Excellence in Agriculture Award. They received their choice of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or 2012 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM, plus free registration to the 2012 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference.
The three runners-up in the Excellence in Agriculture competition were Jason and Paige Pratt of Virginia, Jillian Beaty of Wisconsin and Sharla Mortimer of Arizona. Each runner-up received a Case IH Farmall 45A, courtesy of Case IH, a $5,000 savings bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations, according to the spokesman. Published in The Messenger 2.14.12

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