RACINE, Wis. ̶ As part of its ongoing commitment to help agriculture producers Be Ready to address the challenges and opportunities confronting the agriculture industry, Case IH awarded nine new Farmall® tractors to the runners-up of the 2012 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) awards. One of those tractors, a Case IH Farmall 55A, was recently delivered to Jacob Andersen of Arbon, Idaho, for being a national finalist in the YF&R Discussion Meet.
The winners, announced on January 9 at the AFBF 93rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, were selected based on their participation in a simulated committee meeting. They were evaluated based on the ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.
“These finalists truly represent the kind of leadership abilities farmers will need to keep up with the evolving agriculture industry,” says Scott Raber, Case IH Regional Sales Director. “We are proud to sponsor them as they continue growing in this rewarding business.”
Helping his father run 600 acres of hay and a small cow/calf operation, Andersen hopes to start his own operation someday. He works full-time as an IT consultant and enjoys supporting Farm Bureau and its role in influencing government.
“Fewer and fewer people are involved with ag, so Farm Bureau gives us a united voice to communicate with the public,” says Andersen. “Showing their commitment to young farmers and ranchers like me and my wife by sending us to Hawaii to compete in the Discussion Meet is just icing on the cake.”
Case IH dealer Pioneer Equipment in America Falls, Idaho, delivered the new Case IH Farmall 55A to Andersen on March 8. Andersen says his new Farmall 55A tractor is the perfect size for his cow/calf operation.
“I’m really excited about my new tractor,” says Andersen. “You always have to appreciate a company like Case IH that sponsors a prize like this because they’re fostering growth in the Farm Bureau program. They put out a lot of money towards the young kids, and I think it’s really impressive.”
A third-generation Farm Bureau participant, Andersen joined the organization several years ago after attending a meeting with a friend. He helps teach children about the importance of agriculture and life on a family farm through a mobile Agriculture in the Classroom program.
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).