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Excellence in Agriculture Finalists named

Scott and Tracie Isler of Prospect, Matthew and Kristin Reese of Baltimore, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of De Graff and Chip and Shannon Yochum of Leesburg have been named as finalists for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful people age 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business.

The award is based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations. The winner will be named during OFBF’s Harvest Banquet on Dec. 3.

The winner will receive an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national competition. The state winner will also receive a $1,000 technology package from OFBF, a John Deere Gator sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid America and $500 cash from Dodge Trucks. All state finalists also receive commemorative chime clocks from OFBF.

Learn more about the finalists in this video and the information below.

Scott and Tracie Isler

Scott works as a swine production manager of a 600 sow farrow-to-finish operation. He manages production goals, breeding, sales and employee duties on a daily basis. Tracie is a 2nd grade teacher and also assists with many aspects of the operation, including advertising, customer service and record keeping. Scott and Tracie are very active in Farm Bureau and other commodity organizations. Scott currently serves on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board, and he and Tracie are past co-chairs of the OFBF Young Farmer Committee. The couple has three children.

Matthew and Kristen Reese

Matt is a writer, editor, and photographer for Ohio’s Country Journal and covers all aspects of Ohio agriculture. He has authored two children’s books to promote youth safety on farms. Kristin is a real estate agent with HER Realtors and enjoys helping farmers buy and sell land. The Reeses are active on the family’s Christmas tree farm and help raise and show a flock of 50 registered Dorset sheep. They also raise chickens and sell the meat and eggs locally. The Reeses have two children.

Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill

Vance and Hill own and operate ABN Radio. The couple shares on-air duties and serve as ambassadors for agriculture through various speaking engagements. Both Vance and Hill travel across Ohio and the nation covering agriculture related activities. Hill currently serves as Vice-President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

Chip and Shannon Yochum

The Yochums live on a small farm where they raise show cattle and help on Chip’s parents’ livestock and grain farm. Chip is also an auctioneer and enjoys helping farmers get the highest price for the items they may be selling. Shannon is a teacher and also helps with advertising and bookkeeping for the farm’s livestock sales. They are very active in Farm Bureau, recently serving as past vice-chairs of the OFBF Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team. The couple has two children.

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