Molly Zentz, APR
(French Lick, IN) – December 13, 2019 – During a reception held for award winners at the Indiana Farm Bureau state convention in French Lick, 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 and growth achievements.
The Top Performer award is presented to INFB volunteers who sign 10 or more 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 is Harold Kleine of Allen County. Kleine is consistently a top performer. In fact, this is the fifth year in a row that he has received the Premier Performer award. This year, Kleine signed 28 new voting members, who members actively involved in agriculture. Since 2015, he has signed more 330 INFB members.
Six volunteers, including Kleine were honored as Top Performers this year. Those members are: Charlie Houin, Marshall County, 23 members; Jan Uhlmansiek, Dearborn County, 19 members; Mark York, Wabash County, 13 members; Karen Duckworth, Morgan County, 10 members and Susan Brocksmith, Knox County, 10 members.
County Farm Bureaus also were recognized for their efforts in retaining and growing INFB membership. The District Defender award was presented to county Farm Bureaus who retain 96% or more of the voting members in their county and recruit the most new members. This year’s winners are: Allen County, District 2; Tippecanoe County, District 3; Huntington County, District 4; Fountain County, District 5; Madison County, District 6; Sullivan County, District 7; Brown County, District 8; Gibson County, District 9; and Jackson 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 Allen County Farm Bureau.
About Indiana Farm Bureau: 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB). Since 1919, it has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers and is the state’s largest general farm organization. As 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 INFB.org