Several county Young Farmers & Ag Professionals programs were recognized for their accomplishments at the 2021 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ag Professionals Conference.
Held virtually Jan. 30, the conference also was an opportunity for INFB members age 40 and younger to network and learn. Breakout session topics included transportation regulations, mental health, diversifying your operation, niche markets and effective résumé writing.
Jasper County Farm Bureau’s YF&AP program was recognized with the Outstanding County Young Farmers & Ag Professionals Award, given to the top program in the state. Jasper County’s YF&AP program – chaired by Ryan and Marie Hilton – received $1,000 to improve an existing event or aid in the creation of a new event.
Many of Jasper County’s YF&AP programs for 2020 had to be adjusted because of the pandemic. Marie Hilton said they did their best to keep members engaged and involved in the community despite COVID-19.
“In a normal year, the Jasper County YF&AP program has three main events – the angel tree project, Farm Safety and Health Week and participating at the county fair to raise money for 4-H members,” she said. “Even with COVID, I’m proud to say we were still able accomplish those events – showing people what Farm Bureau does, especially at the local level.”
The YF&AP programs in Fulton and Tippecanoe counties were runners-up for the award. These programs each received $500.
Three county YF&AP programs were recognized for their contributions to Feeding America, a nonprofit with a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed over 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and more. Tippecanoe County Farm Bureau donated the most non-perishable food items, Decatur County Farm Bureau donated the most money and Clinton County Farm Bureau donated the most volunteer hours.
In addition, a new slate of state YF&AP officers took office at the conference. Tyler Wilson of Montgomery County will serve as chair for 2021, Rex Daugherty of Lake County as vice chair and Kim Daugherty of Lake County as secretary. The committee also welcomed the following district YF&AP leaders to serve two-year terms:
For more information on the program, visit INFB’s website, www.infb.org/YFAP.