"We have four of Wisconsin's finest agriculture advocates competing in this year's state competition. This event highlights how the finalists have greatly impacted Wisconsin agriculture and motivates others to do the same," said the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's spokesman Casey Langan.
The Excellence in Ag Award is open to Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35, who have excelled in their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations.
This year's top four contestants are:
*Jillian Beaty (Milton), Rock County
*Jenny Dierickx (Madison), Dane County
*Jennifer Digman (Cuba City), Grant County
*Arlaina Meyer (Rice Lake), Barron County
Each participant must make a PowerPoint presentation and answer questions in front of a panel of judges during the Farm Bureau's 2011 Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference/Annual Meeting at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Dec. 2-5.
Applicants must have derived a majority of their income from a non-production agribusiness enterprise for the past three years. Farm Bureau's contest for full-time farmers is the Achievement Award. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation co-sponsors these contests with GROWMARK Inc. and the Rural Mutual Insurance Company. Information and applications for the contests can be downloaded from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's website, www.wfbf.com .
The winners of this state contest will compete at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Hawaii, Jan. 7-10. They will also receive a $250 gift card from GROWMARK, Inc. and will be guests at its annual meeting in Chicago next summer. The winner will also have the opportunity to take part in the WFBF Young Farmer and Agriculturist trip to Washington, D.C. in April.
Last year's winner of the Excellence in Ag was Andrea Brossard Martin from Dodge County.
Source: Wisconsin Farm Bureau