The next generation of Michigan farmers, poised to take their place alongside their elders, face each other Dec. 4 at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Sixteen young farmers, ages 18-35, will face off in four individual contest categories geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership and achievements.
Four young farmers each will compete in the following categories: Outstanding Young Farm Employee, Young Farmer Achievement, Outstanding Young Agricultural Leader, and Excellence in Agriculture.
All 16 finalists will receive a prize package sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. Prize information for winners of the individual award contests follows.
Contest winners will be announced at an awards banquet that same evening. State-level winners of the Achievement and Excellence awards are eligible to compete in national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 95th Convention and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 12-15, 2014.
MFB's 2013 Annual Meeting takes place Dec. 3-5 at the Amway Grand Plaza and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. MFB is Michigan's largest farm organization, representing the interests of more than 48,500 farmer members statewide.
For more information on all the candidate and for contest results and photos from the ceremony visit www.michfb.com/annual.