INDIANAPOLIS — Amie Osborn, Miami County, is the winner of the 2019 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet. The competition, which was held Dec. 12 and 13 in French Lick as a part of the INFB state convention, is one of the three major awards presented to Farm Bureau members age 35 and younger. During the competition, contestants participate in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting.
Osborn and the other finalists discussed common dilemmas and potential problems facing farmers in America, such as:
- How can Farm Bureau best protect farmers’ and ranchers’ access to production technology options?
- As the voice of agriculture, how can Farm Bureau be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices?
- How can the industry attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into agricultural careers?
- How can farmers implement market trends and develop responsive business plans to generate value-added ventures and farm profits?
- How can Farm Bureau create membership value and broaden the base of supporters in the Farm Bureau family?
Osborn will now advance to the national Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet, which will be held during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Jan. 17-22 in Austin, Texas. Osborn is a vice president, commercial and agriculture lender at First Farmers Bank & Trust in Converse, Indiana. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Osborn is originally from Copperopolis, California.
As winner of the INFB Discussion Meet, Osborn received a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to the national convention in Austin.
The three runners-up were Logan Springstun of Warrick County, Rachel Gentry of Spencer County and Kent Burton of Fulton County. The runners-up each received a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
— Indiana Farm Bureau
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