Young farmer finalists represent the best of Indiana agriculture
Young Farmer Achievement Award Finalist
Young Farmer Excellence Award Finalist
The finalists in this year’s Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement and Excellence in Agriculture awards come from different parts of the state, have different operations and participate in farming in different ways, but they all represent outstanding achievement and leadership in agriculture.
The YFEA award gives recognition to young farmers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation they own but who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organization.
Indiana’s YFEA winner receives a John Deere Gator (cash value: $8,000) courtesy of Farm Credit Services; $3,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance; and expenses paid to the 2014 national convention in San Antonio, Texas in their farming operation and for their leadership abilities.
Young farmers who earn a majority of their income from their farms are recognized through the YFAA award. They are judged on their achievements in their farming operation and on their leadership abilities.
The state YFAA winner receives a $6,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance; 250 hours maximum free use of one M-Series tractor (and loader, if appropriate) courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation; the David L. Leising Memorial Award; and expenses paid to the 2014 national convention.
Runners up in both contests receive $1,000 cash prizes from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
Winners in these two contests, as well as IFB’s Young Farmer Discussion Meet, will advance to the national Young Farmer & Rancher contests, where they will compete against young farmers from across the country. National winners will receive their choice of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra truck, courtesy of GM. Nine national finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall tractor, courtesy of Case IH, as well as a $2,500 cash prize and $500 in Stihl merchandise.