For Immediate Release
May 31, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown recently took delivery of a Kubota M-series tractor, one of their prizes for being named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Outstanding Young Farmers.
The Heimerls, who were named the Outstanding Young Farmers this past winter, received 250 hours free use of an M-Series tractor courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation. They also received an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) meeting in Hawaii and $1,000 in Grainger merchandise courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America.
“I would like to thank Kubota for their continued support of the Young Ag Professionals and the Outstanding Young Farmer award,” said Melinda Witten, OFBF field training specialist. “Their donation is a highly valued prize. We appreciate Kubota’s contribution as we recognize Ohio’s top young farmers.”
The Outstanding Young Farmer award recognizes successful young farmers for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. The Heimerls also competed in the national contest at the AFBF annual meeting in Honolulu in January, advancing to the top 10.
While they were very excited and grateful for the tractor and other prizes, the Heimerls made a point to say that they get involved not because of the prizes, but because of the relationships they form through their involvement.
“The more you get involved the more you see the benefits of Young Ag Professionals, and the friendships you create through the young farmer program will last forever,” Rachel said.
The couple raises hogs and manages their own trucking business and feed mill on their Licking County farm. They are currently serving on the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Advisory Committee and have served as chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team. They are both alumni of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute leadership program and the DuPont Young Leaders program. They are members of the American and Ohio Soybean Associations and the Pork Producers Council. Both are graduates of Ohio State University.
Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, California, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment for farms, construction, lawn and garden and other uses.
Caption: (l to r) Chris Lashley of Lashley Tractor Sales, Kubota representatives Steve Payn and Dan Jasper, Rachel and Matt Heimerl and Farm Bureau’s Melinda Witten with the Kubota tractor awarded to the Heimerls as winners of Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer contest.
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