Date(s) - September 29, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The fourth in a series of five competitive event training webinars will take place Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. This training will specifically focus on the overall Outstanding Young Farmer competition and will host two past competitors and a state coordinator to discuss their experience and tips for success. Joining us will be Jake and Jill Smoker, 2022 AFBF winner; Steward and Casey McGill, 2017 AFBF finalist; and Jackson Tolle with the Kentucky Farm Bureau.
Jake and Jill Smoker farm in northwest Indiana about 20 miles off the southern coast of Lake Michigan. They raise corn, seed corn, soybeans and wheat along with running an independent feed yard. They have been active in their local and state Farm Bureau, serving as county vice president, members of the state YF&R committee and chair of that committee. Jill is an art teacher at the local high school specializing in teaching jewelry and digital design. They have two children, Catherine and Elijah.
Stewart and Kasey McGill are operators in Madison County, Alabama. The couple is partners in a family row crop operation working 8,500 acres of cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and pumpkins. Stewart is a current Madison County board member for the Alabama Farmers Federation. The couple won Outstanding Young Farm Family in 2016 for the state and finished in the top four on the national stage. In 2014, Stewart won the Discussion Meet for the state and finished in the final 16 on the national level. Stewart is an elected director for Alabama Farm Credit and serves as the vice chairman for the association as well as a member of the audit committee.
Jackson Tolle serves as the director of the Young Farmer Program for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. In this position, Tolle works with the young farmer programs and activities for Kentucky Farm Bureau, at both the state and county level. He joined Kentucky Farm Bureau in 2015, after spending nearly 15 years as the farm manager for T&S Farm in Maysville, Kentucky and an additional 10 years working as a caterer with D&D Catering. On the weekends, when he isn’t in Louisville or traveling for work, he and his wife, Annie, travel to Maysville to spend time on their family farm. Jackson and Annie run a small, registered Angus and commercial cow-calf operation.
Pictured is Ohio’s 2022 Outstanding Young Farmer winner John Hummel from Franklin County.