February 2, 2010
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Editors: This release includes information on Adams, Benton, Decatur, Franklin Johnson and Warren counties. Photos of many winners are available by contacting Mindy Reef, firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Young Farmer programs win awards
Several county Young Farmer programs were recognized during the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference, which took place Jan. 29-31 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.
Four counties were recognized for having outstanding county Young Farmer programs. Adams and Decatur counties took highest honors, accumulating more points than any other county with its Young Farmer activities. Decatur County also was named most improved Young Farmer program.
Honorable mentions for Outstanding County Young Farmer Program were awarded to Johnson County and Franklin County.
Benton and Randolph counties received the Awakening award, which recognizes new programs or programs that hadn’t been entered in the past three years.
Awards were also given to the counties that made the most impact on the Feeding America program. Warren County was recognized for donating the most pounds of food; Johnson County gave the most volunteer time; and Benton County raised the most money.
The Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer program is for IFB members between 18 and 35 years old. The program develops agricultural leaders for roles in Farm Bureau, government and the community.