The Achievement Award is one of three contests designed exclusively for young farmers engaged in agriculture. The Achievement 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.
Basic eligibility requirements
- Must be a voting member of Indiana Farm Bureau.
- Between the ages of 18 and 35 as of January 31, 2018.
- An Indiana resident engaged in the production of ag products in Indiana.
- Earn the majority of income from production agriculture.
Three state finalists will be honored at the INFB State Convention during the awards program.
The state winner and spouse receive:
- $6,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
- 250 hours maximum free use of one M-Series tractor courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation.
- David L. Leising Memorial Award.
- All expenses paid trip to AFBF Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., January 5-9, 2018.
Two runners-up will receive a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Helpful entry form & application guidelines
- Do not use applicant’s name, the name of his/her state or county, or any names that may bring about the recognition or identification of the applicant’s state beyond the entry form.
- The entry form and application must be completed in first person narrative (i.e. I, me, we, etc.) for questions I-VI. Applicants must use “A1” and “A2” to denote each applicant for all of question VII.
- Do not use abbreviations or acronyms.
- The entry form and application of each entry will be coded upon receipt by INFB. The applicant’s name and county will not be revealed to the judges until judging is completed.
- A panel of three qualified judges will select the state winner and finalists. The top three competitors will be interviewed by the same three judges who reviewed the written applications.
- Interviews will be up to 20 minutes in length and are intended to clear up any “gray areas” which may arise from the written application.
- Values used in judging the applications will be:
- Farm Operation and Growth: 70 points
- Financial Progress of Operation: 60 points
- Farm Bureau Leadership: 40 points
- Other Leadership: 30 points (Ag = 15 points, Community = 10 points, Goals = 5 points)
- Total: 200 points