Kosciusko County family named as finalist for INFB award

A Kosciusko County family is among finalists selected for the Achievement Award from the Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer.

The state-level awards are conducted as a part of the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Award competition.

Scott and Jenna Burton both grew up farming with their families and have always planned to keep agriculture in their lives. Scott has an associate degree and Jenna holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and is employed full time in that role at a local high school. She also works part time for the farm. Scott farms full time and has been able to work on his family’s farm and Jenna’s family’s farm, and recently diversified the farm operation by adding chicken litter spreading to the business model. The Burtons are also actively involved in many areas of Farm Bureau, from Ag in the Classroom to serving on several state and county Farm Bureau committees.

The Achievement Award recognizes and rewards outstanding young Farm Bureau members whose farm management techniques and commitment to their communities set a positive example for others involved in production agriculture. Winners must be voting members of Indiana Farm Bureau between the ages of 18 and 35 and earn the majority of their income from production agriculture.

The winners of the Achievement Award receive a $6,000 cash prize (courtesy of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance), 250 hours of free use of one M-Series tractor (courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation) and an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in New Orleans in January. The winners also will be awarded the David L. Leising Memorial Award.

Runners-up receive a $1,000 cash prize (courtesy of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance).

The winners of both contests will be announced on the Indiana Farm Bureau Facebook page on Friday, August 31. All finalists will be recognized at the INFB state convention in December.