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Young Farmers and Ranchers Take Top Honors

HONOLULU, January 9, 2012 – Winners of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions were announced today at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting.  Young farmers and ranchers from around the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry.


Final Four Discussion Meet winner Heather Barnes from North Carolina, Achievement Award winners Ben and Jennifer Moore from Tennessee, and Excellence in Ag winners Andy and Ellie Holt were awarded their choice of a Chevrolet or GMC truck. The presentation was made by Bob Briedis of General Motors.

Ben and Jennifer Moore of Tennessee won the Achievement Award. They are the winners of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or 2012 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM. The Moores will also receive paid registration to attend the 2012 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., in February.

Runners-up in the Achievement Award contest are Chad and Julie Carlton of Georgia, Travis and Renae Gebhart of South Dakota and Kirk and Stephanie Liefer of Illinois. The runners-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 65A, courtesy of Case IH, a $5,000 Savings Bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.


Runners-up in the Achievement Award contest Kirk and Stephanie Liefer of Illinois, Travis and Renae Gebhart of South Dakota, and Chad and Julie Carlton of Georgia, received prizes including a Case IH Farmall 65A, courtesy of Case IH. The presentation was made by Scott Raber of Case IH.

The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities. Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and leadership outside of Farm Bureau.

Heather Barnes of North Carolina won the Discussion Meet. She will have her choice of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2012 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM, plus free registration to the 2012 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference.


The three runners-up in the Discussion Meet, Jacob Andersen of Idaho, Chelsea Good of Kansas, and Katie Pratt of Illinois, and other contest winners and runners-up received prizes including a $5,000 Savings Bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL. Making the presentation was Roger Phelps of STIHL.

The three runners-up in the Discussion Meet are Jacob Andersen of Idaho, Katie Pratt of Illinois and Chelsea Good of Kansas. Each runner-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 55A, courtesy of Case IH, a $5,000 Savings Bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.

The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.

Andy and Ellie Holt of Tennessee won the Excellence in Agriculture Award. They will receive their choice of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or 2012 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM, plus free registration to the 2012 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference.

The three runners-up in the Excellence in Agriculture competition are Jason and Paige Pratt of Virginia, Jillian Beaty of Wisconsin and Sharla Mortimer of Arizona. Each runner-up received a Case IH Farmall 45A, courtesy of Case IH, a $5,000 Savings Bond and a STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.

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Mace Thornton
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