Designed for farmers 18 to 30 years old, Indiana Rural Youth encourages education and participation in local government, study of current issues, planned recreation and community service. Rural Youth meetings are just “good, clean fun.”
At age 27, George Doup (future president of Indiana Farm Bureau) becomes the first president of Indiana Rural Youth.
The name of the organization expands during this time to Indiana Rural Youth/Young Adults to accommodate the addition of rural youth who have moved to towns and cities for work.
The Young Farmer award recognizes and rewards outstanding young Farm Bureau members whose farm management techniques and commitment to their communities set a positive example for others involved in production agriculture.
John Aker, a Putnam County grain and hog farmer, is the inaugural winner.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes participants for their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.
The award is given to members who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned production-agriculture operation. Joy Tracey from LaGrange County was the inaugural winner.
Purdue University’s collegiate chapter offers leadership and citizenship engagement opportunities for students interested in agriculture. Opportunities include career development, service learning, scholarship assistance and professional networking.
Vincennes University’s agriculture-based club joins Indiana Farm Bureau as an official Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter. The chapter is actively involved in the community and hosts several events such as cookouts, bowling, fundraisers, international trips and agricultural tours.
Huntington University is the newest Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter. The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies at Huntington University promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture and examines questions of sustainability and justice.