Young farmers win big at Farm Bureau Convention

Young farmers win big at Farm Bureau Convention

Minnesota, Illinois and Kentucky young farmers take the top prize in American Farm Bureau Federation contests.

Winners of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions were announced this week at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

Chris and Rebekah Pierce of Kentucky won the Achievement Award. They are the winners of either a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or 2015 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM.

The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities. The contestants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation's growth and financial success, and their leadership within and outside of Farm Bureau.

Chris and Rebekah Pierce of Kentucky won the Achievement Award.

Runners-up in the Achievement Award contest are Matt and Jenna Kilgus of Fairbury, Ill.; Ben and Amy Gittins of Idaho; and Mark and Cindy Klepper of Tennessee. The runners-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 65A, courtesy of Case IH, and $3,000 in cash and Stihl merchandise, courtesty of Stihl.

Sean Arians of Illinois won the Discussion meet. He'll have his choice of either a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or 2015 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM.

The Discussion Meet stimulates a committee meeting, where active discussion and participation are expected. Contestants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a pre-determined topic.

The three runners-up in the Discussion Meet were Megan Hansen of Iowa, Doug Giles of Tennessee, and Jeremy Barron of Indiana. Each runner-up receives a Case IH Farmall 55A, courtesy of Case IH and $3,000 cash and merchandise, courtesy of Stihl.

Paul and Ruth Lanoue of Minnesota won the Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Paul and Ruth Lanoue of Minnesota won the Excellence in Agriculture Award. They will receive their choice of a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or 2015 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM.

This award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an ag operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.

The three runners-up in the Excellence in Ag competition were Jessica Jones of Virginia, Michael and Amy Shirley of Tennessee, and Phillip and Allison Honea of South Carolina. Each runner-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 45A, courtesy of Case IH, and $3,000 in cash and merchandise from Stihl.

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