For Immediate Release
December 2, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2011 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The award recognizes successful young farmers for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community.
The couple will compete in the national contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting in Honolulu in January.
The Heimerls raise hogs and manage their own trucking business and feed mill on their Licking County farm. They have served as chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team, are both alumni of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute leadership program, the DuPont Young Leaders program and are members of the American and Ohio Soybean Associations and the Pork Producers Council. The Heimerls also serve as agriculture spokespersons and are active as 4-H advisers. Both are graduates of Ohio State University.
As winners the Heimerls receive an expense-paid trip to the AFBF meeting in Hawaii, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and a year’s free use of a Kubota M-series tractor courtesy of Kubota.
Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who farm or work in related industries and are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more visit ofbf.org.
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