Outstanding Young Farmers awarded free use of Kubota tractor

A Kubota M-series tractor was delivered Tuesday to Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown, who were named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2011 Outstanding Young Farmer Award this past winter.

As winners, the Heimerls received an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) meeting in Hawaii, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and 250 hours free use of an M-Series tractor courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation.

“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.

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, the DuPont Young Leaders program and are members of the American and Ohio Soybean Associations and the Pork Producers Council. Both are graduates of Ohio State University.

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.


2012 Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture award applications, due Aug 17 

Visit Kubota’s website 

Watch a video of the Heimerls sharing their farm story 

Listen to the Heimerls react after the AFBF contest top 10 announcement 

Read two blogs that the couple has posted on AFBF’s blog 

Visit the Young Ag Professional webpage and “Like” them on Facebook



Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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