Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County were named the 2018 Excellence in Agriculture contest national winners during American Farm Bureau’s convention in Nashville and recently received a Ford truck, courtesy of Country Financial which sponsored the prize. The Excellence in Agriculture contest recognizes successful young agricultural professionals (singles or couples) who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and who are employed or heavily involved in the ag industry. Applicants may own and operate a farm but the majority of their income comes from off the farm.
Rose is a seed adviser, contributes to the family farm and manages their additional family businesses. Greg farms full time, raising corn, soybeans and operating a dairy. The Hartschuhs partnered with two other farm families to revitalize a neglected farm property in Bucyrus, which now offers a farm market in one barn and an event venue in another. They also offer agricultural education activities on their farm.
The finalists in Ohio’s 2019 Excellence in Agriculture competition will be announced in September and the winner at the annual meeting Dec. 6 in Columbus. The winner will represent Ohio at the national contest in New Orleans in January 2019.