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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 Kosciusko and Fulton counties.
 In addition, high-resolution photos of the Haneys and their farm are available for download by following the links below. If you have any trouble, call/email Kathleen Dutro or Mindy Reef using the contact information above.

Photo #1 – https://www.yousendit.com/download/WUJZN3RUY1MzeUpBSXNUQw
Jessica and Orville Haney with their children Claire, Keith and Levi. (Indiana Farm Bureau photo)

Photo #2 – https://www.yousendit.com/download/WUJZN3RUY1NveFA1SE1UQw
Orville and Jessica Haney, with the help of 10-month-old Levi, give a tour of their farm’s milking parlor to some local elementary school kids. (Indiana Farm Bureau photo)

Photo #3 – https://www.yousendit.com/download/WUJZN3RUY1NiR0lVV01UQw
A group of elementary school kids learn a little bit about silage (a type of feed given to dairy cows) from Orville Haney. (Indiana Farm Bureau photo)

Kosciusko County dairy farmers honored for achievements in agriculture

Orville and Jessica Haney of Kosciusko County have been named winners of Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award.

The award recognizes young farmers whose farm management techniques and commitment to their communities set a positive example for everyone involved in production agriculture.

With Orville’s father and brother and their families, the Haneys milk 185 dairy cows and also produce corn, hay, wheat, beans and oats. They represent the 6th  generation to raise children and milk cows on their family farm, which is on the Kosciusko-Fulton County line. Jessica also works off-farm as a nurse, and the couple has three children: Keith, Claire and Levi.

The announcement came during IFB’s annual convention, held Dec. 7 and 8 in Indianapolis. The Haneys will now represent Indiana in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award competition, which will be held in conjunction with the AFBF convention Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

As the state YFAA winners, the Haneys receive 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 Corporation; the David L. Leising Memorial Award; and expenses paid to the 2013 national convention in Nashville, Tenn. The two runners-up, Travis & Sara Zook of LaGrange County and Craig & Mindy Freuchte of Adams County, receive $1,000 cash prizes from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.