Buckeye Farm News
Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of DeGraff and Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington were winners in Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer contests and will represent Ohio during the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle Jan. 10 and 11.
Outstanding Young Farmer
Brandon and Julia Weber won the award that recognizes individuals or couples for their accomplishments in their farming operations and their leadership in the agricultural community.
They 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.
Other finalists were Jay Holden of Mt. Orab and Kyle Brown of Marion.
Excellence in Agriculture
Vance and Hill took home the award that recognizes successful people 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.
Hill and Vance own and operate 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. They also own a registered Shorthorn beef cattle herd. Hill is president-elect of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.
Other finalists were Scott and Tracie Isler of Prospect, Matthew and Kristin Reese of Baltimore and Chip and Shannon Yochum of Leesburg.
Palsgrove was the Discussion Meet winner. The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. Palsgrove and the other finalists discussed what can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and how to bridge the gap between farmers and lawmakers in order to have an influence in the changing political environment.
She teaches agricultural education at Bloom Carroll High School. She and her husband Brent are members of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau and participate in a Farm Bureau advisory council.
Other finalists participating in the Discussion Meet were Pam Haley of West Salem, Andrew Spiker of Adamsville and Kelly Staley of Fredericktown.
Each winner received a chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau and $500 from Dodge Trucks. The Webers also received a $1,000 purchase certificate at Grainger Industrial Supply courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid America and a year’s free lease on a Kubota M-series tractor courtesy of Kubota. Palsgrove also received $1,000 courtesy of Nationwide Insurance, and Vance and Hill received a $1,000 technology package from OFBF and a John Deere Gator sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America.