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Indiana Farm Bureau 


December 9, 2011


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Jackson County couple wins statewide contest for young farmers 

A Jackson County farm couple has been named the winner in Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award. The results were announced at the IFB annual meeting, held Dec. 9 and 10 in Indianapolis.

Don and Jennifer Shoemaker will now represent Indiana in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award contest, the winner of which will be announced during the AFBF convention in Honolulu Jan. 8-11.

The Shoemakers farm with Don’s parents, Eugene and Barbara, on 1,350 acres, most of which are rented. They produce corn, soybeans, seed soybeans and wheat and “finish” (that is, bring to market) several hundred head of cattle annually.

In addition to helping out on the farm, Jennifer teaches math at a local high school.

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 Corp.; and the David L. Leising Memorial Award, which includes a $200 savings bond. They also receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2012 national convention in Honolulu

The runners up in the contest receive $1,000 cash prizes from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. They are Mark and Kathy Justice of Carroll County and Travis and Sarah Zook of LaGrange County.