L to R: Jim Henkel, Evolution Ag; Dr. Emily Buck; Derek Hetrick.

Buck, finalist for national award, wins tractor


After winning Ohio Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture award, Buck received an expense-paid trip to American Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Antonio to compete in the national contest in January.

“Case IH is proud to support these outstanding individuals as they continue to pursue a future in the agriculture industry,” said Derek Hetrick, Case IH livestock product specialist. “At Case IH, we strive to provide the tools and resources to help young producers develop a strong foundation for their future.”

“Evolution Ag is proud to be part of the tractor presentation to Emily and a part of everything Farm Bureau does to promote good farm policy and good stewardship of land,” said Jim Henkel, general manager of Evolution Ag in Upper Sandusky.

Buck is an associate professor of ag communication at Ohio State University and also the owner of Rustic Star Photography and Design. Emily and her husband John currently operate the farm that was started by John’s grandparents, with 1,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybeans. Emily also has restarted her sheep herd and hopes to grow that part of the operation.

First getting involved with Farm Bureau in Florida while she was in graduate school, Buck remained involved when she moved back to Ohio and currently serves as Marion County Farm Bureau secretary. She has attended many Ohio Young Ag Professionals activities and has helped with many county events, including the county fair and the Harvest Hustle 5K.

“I really like that Farm Bureau is about building leadership and agricultural public policies,” she said. “It has helped me to make an impact in the world of agriculture and grow as a professional as well.”

Buck plans to use the tractor for cleaning out barns, spreading manure and pulling wagons for hay rides during educational tours that they host at their farm.

“It is so nice to know that a large company like Case IH is supporting young farmers and helping them grow,” she said. “It really shows their dedication to the future of agriculture.”

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