Molly Zentz, APR
(Indianapolis) – December 16, 2019 – Amie Osborn, Miami County, is the winner of the 2019 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet. The competition, which was held Dec. 12 and 13 in French Lick as a part of the INFB state convention, is one of the three major awards presented to Farm Bureau members age 35 and younger. During the competition, contestants participate in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting.
Osborn and the other finalists discussed common dilemmas and potential problems facing farmers in America, such as:
- How can Farm Bureau best protect farmers’ and ranchers’ access to production technology options?
- As the voice of agriculture, how can Farm Bureau be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices?
- How can the industry attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into agricultural careers?
- How can farmers implement market trends and develop responsive business plans to generate value-added ventures and farm profits?
- How can Farm Bureau create membership value and broaden the base of supporters in the Farm Bureau family?
Osborn will now advance to the national Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet, which will be held during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Jan. 17-22 in Austin, Texas. Osborn is a vice president, commercial and agriculture lender at First Farmers Bank & Trust in Converse, Indiana. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
As winner of the INFB Discussion Meet, Osborn received a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to the national convention in Austin.
The three runners-up were Logan Springstun of Warrick County, Rachel Gentry of Spencer County and Kent Burton of Fulton County. The runners-up each received a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
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