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Indiana Farm Bureau

December 9, 2011

For more information: Chris Fenner, 317-692-7844
Kathleen Dutro, 317-692-7824, kdutro@infarmbureau.org
Mindy Reef, 317-692-7822, mreef@infarmbureau.org
Convention media room (Dec. 9 and 10): 765-720-0719 

Boone County couple wins state Young Farmer contest 

Clinton and Julie Taylor of Boone County have won Indiana Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award. The announcement came during IFB's convention, held Dec. 9 and 10 in Indianapolis.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers who are involved in agriculture in ways other than as farm owners.

The Taylors will now represent Indiana next month at the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture contest.

Both Clinton and Julie work with Clinton's parents, Tom and Jan, on the family farm, but they also have full-time off-farm careers. Clinton manages his family's construction business, and Julie is a family and consumer science teacher at Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School.

As winners of the state YFEA contest, the Taylors receives a John Deere Gator (cash value: $8,000) courtesy of Farm Credit Services; a $3,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance; and expenses paid to the 2012 national convention in Honolulu Jan. 8-11.

Runners-up receive $1,000 cash prizes from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. The runners-up are John and Marybeth Feutz, Gibson County, and Julie Ann Thelen, Clinton County.