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Young Farmers and Ranchers Win Top Honors

SALT LAKE CITY, January 8, 2007 – Winners of the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions were announced today at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 88th annual meeting. Young farmers and ranchers from around the United States competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agricultural industry.

John and Jill Mahan of Kentucky won the Achievement Award. They are the winners of a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4 pickup truck with a 5.9 liter Cummins high-output diesel engine, courtesy of Dodge. They also received free registration to the 2007 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference, Feb. 10-13, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Runners-up in the Achievement Award contest included Paul and Christy Fugate of Tennessee, Alan and Sarah Wuebker of Ohio, Jared and Ginger Johnson of Utah and Steve and Andrea Johnson of Florida. They each received a Case IH DX compact tractor and a $250 parts-and-service gift certificate, courtesy 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 Farm Bureau.

Watch the YF&R Discussion Meet Finals

Amy Christensen of California won the Discussion Meet. She will take home a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4 pickup truck with a 5.7 liter Hemi magnum engine, courtesy of Dodge, plus free registration to the 2007 YF&R Leadership Conference.

The three runners-up in the Discussion Meet were Callie Birdsell of North Carolina, Charlene Espenshade of Pennsylvania and Bona Heinsohn of Illinois. They each received a $6,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a Farm Boss chainsaw, courtesy of Stihl Outdoor Power Equipment.

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.

Brian and Carrie Dalton of South Carolina won the Excellence in Agriculture Award. They received a 2007 Dodge Quad Cab 4x4 1500 pickup truck with SLT trim and a 4.7 liter magnum V8 engine, plus free registration to the 2007 YF&R Leadership Conference.

The three runners-up in the Excellence in Agriculture competition were John Buck of Ohio, Christopher and Suzanne Holcomb of New York and Will and Becky Coward of Texas. Each received a $4,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a Farm Boss chainsaw, courtesy of Stihl Outdoor Power Equipment.

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

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Tracy Taylor Grondine
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