For Immediate Release
November 25, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson as finalists of its 2009 Outstanding Young Farmer contest. The award recognizes individuals or couples age 35 or younger for their accomplishments in their farming operations and their leadership in the agricultural community.
The winner of the contest will be announced at the OFBF annual meeting Dec. 2 to 4 in Cincinnati.
The Webers are eighth generation farmers who grow tomatoes in their self-built high tunnel greenhouses. They also raise pumpkins and decorative gourds for festival sales, host farm tours and provide a haunted corn maze and other agri-tourism events. Julia is a program technician for Farm Service Agency and has served as a Jackson/Vinton County Farm Bureau trustee and on numerous county committees. Brandon is a county Farm Bureau board trustee and serves on the local Soil and Water Conservation District board.
The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. The state winner also receives a $1,000 purchase certificate at Grainger Industrial Supply courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid America, a year’s free lease on a Kubota M-series tractor courtesy of Kubota and $500 from Dodge Trucks. All finalists receive a commemorative chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.
CONTACT: Joe Cornely
PHONE: (614) 246-8230
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