RACINE, Wis. - As part of its commitment to help farmers embrace the everyday challenges and opportunities of agriculture and encourage involvement and leadership within the industry, Case IH awarded brand new Farmall tractors to four American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher 2011 Achievement Awards finalists.
The four finalists, announced at the AFBF annual convention in Atlanta, Ga., were selected based on their demonstrated growth and financial success of their agricultural operations, as well as their Farm Bureau leadership and community involvement. To be eligible, participants had to win their state Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award competition. The finalists include:
- Steven and Richelle Bach, Owingsville, Ky.
- Matt and Kim DeBlock, Aledo, Ill.
- Brian Flowers, Lynnville, Tenn.
- Brent and Susan Leggett, Nashville, N.C.
"The AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award recognizes those who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited strong leadership in both Farm Bureau and their communities," said Scott Raber, Case IH Manager of Livestock Marketing. "These four finalists truly demonstrate the kind of leadership that farmers need to meet the daily challenges of an ever-evolving agriculture industry - the same challenges Case IH is committed to meeting - and we're proud to sponsor these leaders."
Achievement Award finalists, Steven and Richelle Bach, of Owingsville, Ky., said they appreciate Case IH support of this award. "It's not too often that you find companies as dedicated and willing to continuously give back to agriculture as Case IH does," said Steven.
The Bach's diverse agricultural enterprise includes raising corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, peaches, apples, and asparagus, and providing custom planting and harvesting services. In addition, they also own a commercial cow/calf operation, a marketing enterprise, and a charter flying service.
To accommodate the needs of their farming operation, the Bachs made arrangements with their local Case IH dealer, Jacobi Sales, Inc. in Shelbyville, Ky., to put the value of the Farmall 31 towards a new Case SR200 Skid Steer. "We're excited to receive the new Case Skid Steer, and with our diverse farming enterprise, we will have a use for it on a daily basis," Steven explained.
Steven and Richelle are active in Farm Bureau on both the state and county levels. Steven serves as the Bath County Young Farmer Chair and the couple is active in their county Young Farmer program. In 2010, they received the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farm Family award and were presented with a Case IH ScoutTM utility vehicle from Case IH and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.
In addition, Steven serves on the county Projects, Political Education and ACT committees. Richelle serves on the Women's and Membership committees. They also serve on the state Emerging Agricultural Enterprises and Horticulture Advisory Committee.
Besides their participation in Farm Bureau, they are active in their community. Steven was appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Board of Agriculture. He also serves on the county and state Extension Council, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Experimental Aircraft Association and is a graduate of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program. Richelle serves on the Technology Advisory Board, Bluegrass Conservancy, Lighthouse Ministries, and Commerce Lexington, and has served as Board Chair for the Explorium of Lexington. She is currently serving in a state appointed Leadership program. Both are members of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, the Kentucky Soybean Association, and the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association. They are also dedicated members of their church.
"Steven and Richelle, like all of the winners, are exemplary stewards of agriculture. From feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while leaving a lighter environmental footprint - agriculture faces many challenges. But, as these four finalists have shown, if we work hard and work together, we can meet those challenges," said Raber.
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment - designed to meet today's agricultural challenges. Challenges like feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; site-specific farming tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI).