COLUMBUS, Ohio — Christian Hoffman of Stoutsville has been named winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The contest is designed to help young farmers strengthen their business skills, develop marketing opportunities and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Contestants are judged on the growth of their farm businesses and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.
Hoffman won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. in January where he will participate in the national competition.
Hoffman farms with his parents, raising beef cattle, grains and hogs. He serves on the Fairfield County Farm Bureau board of trustees, has been active in the local Young Agricultural Professionals program and has participated in numerous county and state Farm Bureau events. He also has been active in local and state Cattlemen’s Association activities. He is a member of the Amanda Clearcreek Alumni Association, served on the David Lutheran Church Council and supports the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
Other finalists in the contest were Nicholas and Brandi Anderson of Mechanicsburg and Matthew Vodraska of Doylestown.
The Outstanding Young Farmer contest is a part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals program. Program participants are ages 18 to 35, single or married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.
To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.
— Ohio Farm Bureau Federation