Ottawa County’s Emily Boeve is among a strong field of candidates vying for one of this year’s Young Farmer Awards.
March Madness isn’t just about basketball anymore. Each year Michigan Farm Bureau has an impressive field of Young Farmer Award applicants, each vying for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen before one winner is chosen from each of four categories: Young Farmer Achievement, Excellence in Agriculture, Young Agriculture Leader, and Young Agriculture Employee.
This year’s applicants comprise a tough field of 63 talented and accomplished Young Farmers from across the state. Each brought their skills, achievements, experiences and involvement to the court, and while not everyone advanced, the display of talent proves what a bright future agriculture in Michigan.
Here's the breakdown of this year’s 16 finalists:
All 16 are prepping for the big dance on April 7, when a panel of ag industry professionals and program stakeholders will conduct virtual interviews and application reviews to help determine who shines bright enough to earn a 2021 Young Farmer Award.
Winners will be announced April 9 on social media and in the Michigan Farm News. All 16 finalists will also be featured in the Farm News, so be sure to learn more about these exceptional Young Farmers.
While the chase for the final four always nets an impressive group, this year’s biggest takeaway is the amazing involvement and effort by our field of 63 applicants. In addition to the finalists named above, take a moment to congratulate the rest of these outstanding Young Farmers for their achievement: