For Immediate Release
December 4, 2009
CINCINNATI, Ohio (OFBF) – Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson have been selected winners of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) 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 award was announced at the OFBF annual meeting held Dec. 2-4 in Cincinnati.
The Webers are eighth generation farmers who raise cattle, hay, wheat, rye, corn and vegetable crops and have a high tunnel greenhouse where they grow tomatoes eight months out of the year. They also have an on-site farm market selling pumpkins, decorative ornamental gourds, mums, apples and cider. They operate farm tours, a haunted corn maze and hayrides. Their business plan includes producing homemade foods, baked goods and canned goods for sale at their farm market. 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.
As winners of the Ohio contest, the Webers receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. They also receive 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, $500 from Dodge Trucks and a commemorative chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.
CONTACT: Joe Cornely
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