Sunday, December 02, 2012
At the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, the Young Leader
Committee gives three coveted awards. The winners will advance
nationally and represent Illinois at the American Farm Bureau
Federation Annual Meeting in January.
Ann Larson of DeKalb County, was named the Discussion Meet winner.
Larson has been a member of the IFB Young Leaders for two years and
is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville,
majoring in agriculture business and communications and marketing.
The Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Discussion Meet is a mock
committee meeting where men and women, aged 18-35, are judged on
the friendly exchange of ideas. Contestants compete in local
competitions in the Fall. Several advance to three rounds of
competition on the first day of IFB's Annual Meeting, to reach the
final round. (See the Discussion Meet Photo Gallery)
Discussion meet finalists are:
IFB's Achievement Award recognizes young farmers for their
involvement in Farm Bureau and their community. Their commitment to
growing their farm is also acknowledged. This year's winners
are Chad and Ashlie Broster of Mount Carmel, Wabash County.
Chad and Ashlie Broster grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and grain
sorghum (milo) on a third-generation farm. They farm about 4,000
acres in Edwards and Wabash counties in partnership with Chad's
parents, Allen and Debbie. Ashlie also works as a registered nurse
at Deaconess Women's Hospital.
Excellence in Ag Award
The YL Excellence in Ag Award recognizes outstanding individuals
or couples whose primary interest is not in farming. Instead, we
celebrate their leadership and hard work that contribute to the
success of their committees, communities, and farm industry. This
year's winners are Brad and Paula Zwilling of Champaign County.
The Zwillings, who still help out on their families' grain farms
in the state, live in Fisher. Brad is an analyst for Illinois Farm
Business Farm Management (FBFM) in Champaign-Urbana. Paula is a
stay-at-home mother with the couple's three boys, Dylan, 7, Caleb,
5, and Nathan, 2.
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