The 16 finalists in Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) 2016 Young Farmer awards were announced. Every year the best of the state's young farmers, ages 18-35, face off in one of four contest categories geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership and achievements.
"Our Young Farmer Awards program honors young farmers across the state for their hard work, advocacy, innovation, and their general excellence in the field of agriculture," said Mark Daniels, chair of MFB's state-level Young Farmer committee. "To be named a finalist in one of the four award categories is to have the distinction of being recognized as a top leader in Michigan Farm Bureau."
2016 Young Farmer Agriculture Leader Award Finalists
Rita Herford, Huron County
Tiffany Howell, Lapeer County
Ed McBroom, Iron Range
- Jarris Rubingh, Antrim County
The Agriculture Leader Award recognizes successful young farmers for outstanding leadership roles in Farm Bureau, agriculture, and his or her local community. Contestants are judged on their ability to actively serve in leadership roles while managing a successful farm operation.
Rita Herford - Huron County - District 6
Tiffany Howell - Lapeer County - District 6
Ed McBroom - Iron Range - District 11
Jarris Rubingh - Antrim County - District 10
Following interviews and judging by a panel of agriculture industry leaders, contest winners will be announced during National Agriculture Week, March 14-18.
Winners of the Achievement and Excellence awards are eligible to compete in national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation 98th Convention and Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 8-11, 2017.
View the Agriculture Achievement Award Finalists here.
View the Excellence in Agriculture Award Finalists here.
View the Agriculture Employee Award Finalists here.