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Indiana Farm Bureau

December 7, 2012

For more information: Kathleen Dutro, 317-692-7824
Andy Dietrick, 317-692-7818
Mindy Reef, 317-692-7822

Note to editors, news directors: The release below should be of particular interest to media that cover Clinton County and vicinity. Anyone who’d like a photo of Julie Thelen can get one by calling/emailing Kathleen Dutro or Mindy Reef using the contact information above.

Clinton Central ag teacher wins IFB Young Farmer contest

Julie Thelen, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Clinton Central Jr./Sr. High School, is the winner of the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet.

The discussion meet, which was held Dec. 7 as part of the IFB state convention, is one of three major awards presented to Farm Bureau members age 35 or younger. In it, contestants participate in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting.

She will now represent Indiana next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet.

Thelen lives in Frankfort but owns a small beef cow/calf herd in her hometown of Saline, Mich. While 2012 was only her second time to compete in IFB’s Young Farmer Discussion Meet, she previously competed in Michigan at the collegiate and high school level. Participating in the meets is a way to prepare herself to discuss important agricultural issues, something she uses in the classroom with her students.

“It’s just a way to figure out important ag issues – important not five years ago but right now,” she said.

Thelen is also a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau board and is a Clinton County 4-H leader and 4-H Council member.As state winner of the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, she receives a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to the national convention in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 13-16.

The runners up were Diedra Gottbrath of Washington County, George Kakasulef of Hamilton County and Liz Stitzel of Clinton County. Each runner-up receives a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.