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Young Farmers awarded free use of Kubota tractor
by Callie Wells
Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 Outstanding Young Farmers Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro recently received a Kubota M-Series tractor to use for 250 hours, one of the prizes for being named the state winner.
“The support from Kubota means a lot. It shows they care about helping the younger generation of agriculturalists,” Nathan said.
The Outstanding Young Farmer award recognizes successful young farmers for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. The Browns also competed in the national Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher contest at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio in January.
“Kubota is committed to making investments in the agricultural industry as we continue to expand this segment of our business. What better investment than to support and promote young people who are on the cutting edge of the industry,” said Tom Beam, Kubota regional sales manager for western Ohio.
Nathan and Jennifer are members of Highland County Farm Bureau, and Nathan serves as vice president. Both are active in many county and statewide Farm Bureau activities, including serving on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team. They operate a 1,000 acre grain farm along with an additional 400 acres of custom grain crops and hay. They also raise beef cattle. Jennifer is employed with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office. Nathan also serves as a township trustee. Both are active with their local church, Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Soybean Association.
Their 250 hours free use of the M-Series tractor is courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation. They also received an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting and $1,000 in Grainger merchandise, courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America.
“Kubota is a valued supporter of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals and I would like to thank Kubota for their continued support for the Outstanding Young Farmer award,” said Melinda Witten, OFBF field training specialist. “This donation is a highly valued prize. We appreciate Kubota's contribution as we recognize Ohio's top young farmers.”
Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. You can learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program at www.ofbf.org. Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment. More about Kubota can be found at www.kubota.com.
Callie Wells is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.