Monday, December 12, 2011

Buncombe County young farmers win statewide Achievement Award

Greensboro— ­­Buncombe County young farmers Jamie and Amy Ager, of Fairview, were recognized as the winners of North Carolina Farm Bureau’s (NCFB) Achievement Award for 2011.

The Agers accepted the honor during a Dec. 4 ceremony as part of NCFB’s 76th Annual Meeting at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons.

“With the demands of the nation and world requiring a more innovative approach to agriculture, it is important for young farmers to adapt to the trends and innovations that will allow them to continue producing the safest and most affordable food supply on the planet,” said Larry Wooten, president of NCFB.

The Achievement Award recognizes farmers between 18 and 35 years of age who are involved in NCFB’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Program (YF&R) and whose farm practices are judged to be the most outstanding in production efficiency, innovation, improvement and environmental stewardship.

The Agers now move on to the national competition, where they will vie for American Farm Bureau Federation’s Achievement Award, which will be awarded during that organization’s annual meeting Jan. 8-11, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

You can also view the rest of the finalists' videos on The NC Farm Bureau's YouTube page.

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