Box Elder County farm family earns top 10 finish at national Young Farmer and Rancher competition

<span style=”color: #000000;”>CORINNE – Joel and Becca Ferry of Corinne, Utah were recognized in the ‘Top 10’ in the Young Farmer &amp; Rancher ‘Achievement Award’ at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national convention held recently in San Antonio. The award is considered the top recognition for young farmers and ranchers nationally.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>Young farmers and ranchers from around the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities. Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and leadership outside of Farm Bureau.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>The contestants were evaluated on a combination of their farming business growth and financial progress of their farm or ranch; Farm Bureau leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges looked for excellence in management, growth and scope of the enterprise and self-initiative that had been displayed throughout the farm or ranch.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>“We’re really happy to have made it to San Antonio and competed with these other great farmers,” Joel Ferry said. “Making it in the top 10 is really an honor, but beyond this competition, it’s great to see the quality of young people in agriculture and reassuring to see these future leaders in action.”</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>Having won the Utah Farm Bureau’s ‘Achievement Award’ in November, the Ferry family qualified to compete with other state winners from around the country.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>For their Utah Farm Bureau award, Joel and Becca received a 2014 Polaris Ranger ATV – courtesy of Utah’s Polaris dealers – a $500 check on behalf of General Motors, a year’s insurance policy from Farm Bureau Financial Services for the ATV, and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention in San Antonio, Texas, where the Ferry’s represented Utah in the competition. The winners of the national competition receive their choice truck from either Chevrolet or General Motors.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>“We really enjoyed being able to network with the other competitors,” Becca Ferry said. “The application process itself was also an opportunity to see where we’ve been, and the clarify our goals for the future.”</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>“It’s fantastic to have a young farming couple from Utah recognized among our country’s finest,” said Leland Hogan, president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “Having articulate advocates for agriculture like we do with Joel and Becca will only help farmers and ranchers build strong relationships with our non-farming neighbors. We’re extremely proud of them.”</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>The Ferry’s are known in the region as advocates for agriculture. Joel is a part of a long-time farming and cattle ranching family in Box Elder County. His family has also had ties to the Utah legislature. He has also worked in the world of financial analysis with Zions Bank prior to returning to work full-time on the ranch. Becca has also excelled in representing agriculture, having recently participated in a national media-training program for women in Washington, D.C. Having grown up in large metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and London, Becca is able to relate to those unfamiliar with agriculture.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>Both Joel and Becca currently serve on the Utah Farm Bureau’s State Young Farmer &amp; Rancher Committee.</span>

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