Welcome to Hardin County Farm Bureau’s member spotlight blog! Every month, Hardin County Farm Bureau will feature a spotlight blog on a board member so you can get to know him or her a little better.
Our monthly spotlight blog features Hardin County Farm Bureau’s board trustee, Austin Heil, who is originally from Rhineland, Germany. Austin graduated from Kenton High School and earned a bachelor’s in agriculture from the Ohio State University. He has three nephews and a niece who he adores. Austin serves on the Hardin County YMCA board, serves on Kenton OHP FAA advisory board, and attends Kenton Christian and Missionary Church.
Meet Austin Heil
What and where do you farm (or work for an agribusiness)?
The family farm is east of Kenton. We farm corn and soybeans. I also have a business, Homestead Precision Farming, which focuses on drones and precision farm technology.
How long have you been a farmer?
I have been a farmer for 32 years.
Why did you decide to be a farmer (or work in agribusiness)?
Because it is a privilege to follow a family heritage and enjoy the many opportunities.
What do you love about farming?
The never ending challenges and the new advancements in technology.
Why do you think it’s important to know where your food comes from?
As humans, we like to be safe and confident that we consume quality food.
What is the biggest challenge facing agriculture?
Maintaining clean water quality and minimizing our footprint on the environment.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? What do you see as the biggest benefit?
To the best of our ability to preserve our American farms. If we do not stand up and speak, the other 99% (non-agriculturist) will.
What is your favorite Farm Bureau event or activity?
Young Ag Professionals Conference and Annual Meeting
What Farm Bureau programs are you most active in?
Farm Bureau Policy Breakfast, ATV Tour, Focus on your Future
Life Outside of Farm Bureau
What are your hobbies besides farming?
I like to compete in triathlons, cycle, mentor, and use drones.