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Outstanding Young Farmer finalists announced

Kyle Brown of Marion, Jay Holden of Mt. Orab and Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson have all been named finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Outstanding Young Farmer contest.

The award recognizes successful young farmers, 35 years of age and younger, for achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. The winner of the contest will be announced at OFBF’s Harvest Banquet on Dec. 3 during the organization’s annual meeting.

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.

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

Kyle Brown

Brown is a fourth generation farmer and manages a sow operation. He oversees all aspects of the operation including gestation and farrowing, genetic selection and herd replacement. Kyle has been very active in Farm Bureau activities and has served on the county board of trustees. He also officiates junior-high, freshmen and junior-varsity basketball games. Kyle and his wife Veronica have been married for five years and have a daughter.

Jay Holden

Holden grew up in Brown County on a family farm and graduated from Western Brown High School. He farms 500 acres of corn and soybeans. He has held several leadership roles within the community, including township trustee. Jay is very active in the St. Angela Mericai Parish Council, Knights of Columbus and he and his wife, Denise, participate in the Brown County Relay for Life. They are the parents of three boys.

Brandon and Julie Weber

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.

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