July 1, 2011
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IFB accepting YF award entries
Indiana Farm Bureau is accepting submissions for its annual contests for young farmers, which spotlight farmers who play an important role in agriculture and the community.
The program features three awards. IFB will honor the finalists and winners of each at this year’s state convention on Dec. 9.
In order to compete, a participant must be a voting member of IFB, between the ages of 18 and 35 as of Jan. 21 2012, and an Indiana resident engaged in production of agricultural products in the state. Current State Young Farmer Committee members cannot participate.
The Young Farmer Achievement Award recognizes and rewards outstanding young Farm Bureau members whose management and commitment set a positive example for others. Applicants must earn a majority of their income from agriculture production.
The winner will receive $6,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, $500 from a leading vehicle manufacturer, 250 hours’ use of an M-Series tractor courtesy of Kubota Tractor, the David L. Leising Memorial Award, which includes a $200 savings bond, and expenses paid to the national convention. Runners-up will receive a $1,000 prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Applications must be turned in at the state office by midnight on Aug. 1.
The Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award honors young farmers who do not earn the majority of their income from an owned agricultural operation and have not done so in the past three years. They will be judged on their role in the agriculture community, leadership and involvement in Farm Bureau as well as other civic, service and community organizations.
The winner will receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Services, $3,000 from IFB Insurance, $500 from a leading vehicle manufacturer, and expenses paid to the national convention. The runners-up will get $1,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Applications must be turned in at the state office by midnight on Aug. 1 as well.
The Young Farmer Discussion Meet is a simulated committee meeting where discussion and active participation from each participant are expected. The competition will be evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information from pre-determined topics. The judges will look for the contestant who offers constructive criticism, cooperates, communicates and shows problem-solving skills. The contest will take place at the state convention in December, where the winner and the four finalists will receive plaques and recognition.
The winner will get $4,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, $500 from a leading vehicle manufacturer and expenses paid to the national convention. The runners-up will receive $1,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Those wishing to participate must turn in their applications to the state office by Nov. 7.
More information and application forms are available on the IFB website, www.infarmbureau.org, or by calling 1-800-FARMBUR, ext. 7846.