Vance and Hill named winners of OFBF Excellence in Agriculture contest

For Immediate Release

December 4, 2009

CINCINNATI, Ohio (OFBF) – Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of DeGraff are the winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2009 Excellence in Agriculture Award. 

The Excellence in Agriculture 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. It was presented during OFBF’s 91st annual meeting, held Dec. 2–4 in Cincinnati.

Hill and Vance own and operate the ABN, Ohio’s oldest and most widely listened-to agricultural radio news network.  Their daily broadcasts report agricultural news and information from a local, statewide and national perspective.  Their programming also reaches nonfarming audiences with whom they share insights into food production issues.  They are frequent public speakers to farm and nonfarm audiences and are highly active in social media.  They also own a registered Shorthorn beef cattle herd.  Hill is president-elect of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

Vance and Hill will represent Ohio in the national Excellence in Agriculture Award competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting in Seattle in January.  As state winners they receive an expense paid trip to the AFBF meeting and a $1,000 technology package from OFBF, a John Deere Gator sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and $500 from Dodge Trucks.

Other finalists in the Ohio contest were Scott and Tracie Isler of Prospect, Matthew and Kristin Reese of Baltimore and Chip and Shannon Yochum of Leesburg.


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