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Excellence in Ag Award 

The Excellence in Ag Award recognizes and rewards outstanding young Farm Bureau members who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned agricultural operation and have not in any of the past three years, but who actively contribute and grow their involvement in Farm Bureau and 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.
  • Applicant must not have derived a majority of his/her income from an owned production agriculture enterprise during any of the past three years.

Helpful entry form & application guidelines

  • Do not use name, the name of county, or any names that may bring about the recognition or identification of the applicant’s county or 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-V. Applicants must use “A1” and “A2” to denote each applicant for all of question VI.
  • Do not use abbreviations or acronyms.

Presentation guidelines & tips (final three competitors only)

  • Presentation will be an interactive, 25-minute presentation, in which the applicant has an opportunity to share the contents of his/her entire application in narrative form with a panel of three judges and the audience.
  • The only visual means in which to deliver the information is through a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation.
  • Verbal and presentation references to applicant name, state and county will be allowed during the presentation.
  • No props (including notes), sound or video will be allowed during the presentation.

Three state finalists will be honored at the State Convention during the awards program.

The state winner and spouse receive:

  • John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Services.
  • $3,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
  • All expenses paid trip to AFBF Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. January 7-11, 2018.
  • Two runners-up receive a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

Deadline 

May 1. Application should be emailed to odt@infb.org by 11:59 p.m.

Application is available online to download.

 

Judging

All applications and presentations will be judged by the same set of judges.

APPLICATION POINTSPERCENT
Questions II-IV150 points37.5%
Farm Bureau Experience120 points30%
Other Leadership Experience and Goals100 points25%
Application Form30 points7.5%
MAXIMUM POINTS400 points100% (80% of Total Score)

 

PRESENTATIONPOINTSPERCENT
Delivery of Presentation40 points40.0%
Content of Presentation30 points30.0%
Responses to Questions30 points30.0%
MAXIMUM POINTS100 points100% (20% of Total Score)

 

Deidra Gottbrath

2017 Excellence in Ag Award Winner
Deidra Gottbrath, Washington County