Individuals, County Farm Bureaus recognized for membership efforts at Indiana Farm Bureau state convention

Garrett Kelly

(Fort Wayne, Ind.)
– December 7, 2018 – During a reception held for award winners at the Indiana Farm Bureau state convention, six Farm Bureau members were honored for their efforts to promote membership in the organization. County Farm Bureaus also were recognized for exemplary membership retention achievements.

The award of Top Performer is presented to INFB volunteers who sign the most new voting members during the program year, and the Premier Performer award is presented to the volunteer who signed the highest number of voting members for the organization.

This year’s Premier Performer award went to Harold Kleine of Allen County. This is the fourth year in a row Kleine has received the Premier Performer award. This year, Kleine signed 36 new voting members, which are members who are actively involved in agriculture.

Top Performer awards were received by the following individuals: Gary Michel, Warrick County, 16 memberships; Susan Brocksmith, Knox County, 14 memberships; Charlie Houin, Marshall County, 12 memberships; Bob Bishop, Kosciusko County, 11 memberships; and Debbie Trotter, Clark County, 10 memberships.

County Farm Bureaus also were recognized for their efforts to retain INFB members. The District Defender award was presented to the counties with the highest overall retention percentage of voting members. This year’s winners each retained 96 percent or more of the voting members in their county for 2017-18: Kosciusko County, District 2; Newton County, District 3; Howard County, District 4; Hamilton County, District 6; Vigo County, District 7; Union County, District 8; Gibson County, District 9; and Clark County, District 10.

The Superior Defender award, presented to the county that hit the retention mark and whose volunteer members signed the highest number of new memberships, went to Clark County. Clark County volunteers signed 24 new members during the program year.


About Indiana Farm Bureau: Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. It is the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at