Orville and Jessica Haney of Kosciusko County have been named winners of Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award.
The award recognizes young farmers whose farm management techniques and commitment to their communities set a positive example for everyone involved in production agriculture.
With Orville’s father and brother and their families, the Haneys milk 185 dairy cows and also produce corn, hay, wheat, beans and oats.
They represent the sixth generation to raise children and milk cows on their family farm, which is on the Kosciusko-Fulton County line. Jessica also works off-farm as a nurse, and the couple have three children: Keith, Claire and Levi.
The announcement came during IFB’s annual convention, held Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis.
The Haneys will now represent Indiana in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award competition, which will be held in conjunction with the AFBF convention Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.
As the state YFAA winners, the Haneys receive a $6,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance; 250 hours maximum free use of one M-Series tractor (and loader, if appropriate) courtesy of Kubota Tractor Corporation; the David L. Leising Memorial Award; and expenses paid to the 2013 national convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The two runners-up, Travis and Sara Zook of LaGrange County and Craig and Mindy Freuchte of Adams County, receive $1,000 cash prizes from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.