The Indiana Farm Bureau recognized the top Young Farmer program in the state over the weekend in Indianapolis. The organization says more than 500 attended its annual Young Farmer Leadership Conference.

January 31, 2015

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — More than 500 young farmers and ranchers traveled to Indianapolis this weekend for the annual Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference.

Adams County Farm Bureau's Young Farmer program was recognized as the top program in the state. The Young Farmer committee chairman and a guest will receive an expenses-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in mid-February. Jasper and Kosciusko counties were runners-up.

Noble, Tipton and Washington counties received the Awakening Award. The Awakening Award was started in 1998 as a part of the outstanding county program to recognize county Young Farmer programs that are new or have not applied for the contest in the last three years.

Monroe County was recognized as the most improved Young Farmer Program. This is based on a comparison of activities of the past three years and how the activities and programs have improved in that county young farmer program.

Three counties were recognized for their contributions to the Feeding America program. Henry County donated the most money, collecting $11,419. Tippecanoe County was the top county in pounds of food donated. The county donated 15,000 pounds of food during the program year. Most hours donated went to Tipton County. Young farmers there offered 500 hours of their time.

Winners of the state’s two collegiate Farm Bureau chapters’ Discussion Meets were also recognized. Vincennes University Discussion Meet winner Zachary Trueblood, Washington County, and Purdue University Discussion Meet winner Samuel Ebenkamp, Dubois County, will compete at the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference against other collegiate winners from around the country.

Young farmers who recently competed at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in San Diego received recognition as well.

–Jeremy Barron, Noble County, reached the final round of the AFBF Discussion Meet.

–George and Carly Kakasuleff, Hamilton County, competed in the Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers whose farm management techniques and commitment to their communities set a positive example for everyone involved in production agriculture.

–Chris and Marah Steele, Adams County, competed in the Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes young farmers who do not receive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation that they own.

For more information on programs and conferences sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, visit or call 1-800-FARM-BUR (327-6287).

About Indiana Farm Bureau

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Source: Indiana Farm Bureau

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