Young farm couples take part in education program

December 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

From Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, one of our wonderful National Institute sponsors!

Group attends national conference addressing important issues facing young farmers

LOUISVILLE, KY (December 15, 2010) – Eight young farm couples were among a group of approximately 250 agriculture producers selected to attend the 2010 National Young Farmer Education Association program held this year in Monterey, California December 8-11.

The eight couples were sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, a $17 billion ag lending cooperative serving farmers and rural residents throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Those attending on behalf of Farm Credit include:

• Gina and David Tighe of Ridgeway, Ohio
• Mandy and Andy Heath of Woodstock, Ohio
• Kent Pullins of Cable, Ohio
• Amy and AJ Booher of West Lafayette, Indiana
• Carrie and Josh Davidson of Frankfort, Indiana
• Heather and Mark Furrer of Brookston, Indiana
• Alicia and Jonathan Dye of Nancy, Kentucky
• Mandy and Whit Willis of Hillsboro, Tennessee.

During the four-day event, participants attended tours, meetings and interacted with other farmers throughout the country. The visit included Ocean Mist Artichokes, a Dole salad processing unit, Gills Onions, King City Nurseries, and numerous other farms and farm attractions in and near the Salinas Valley and Monterey County. “It was exciting to see the diversification in farm enterprises and experience a different part of agriculture,” said Liz Funderburgh, financial services office in Bellefontaine, Ohio and the FCS host of the conference for the eight customer-members.

Funderburgh went on to say that Farm Credit was delighted to sponsor a program that helps influence the changing face of agriculture. “Taking an active role in the future of farming has been an important initiative for Farm Credit for almost a century,” she said. “Sponsoring these programs gets issues out in the open and sparks important conversations and generates ideas. That’s a crucial part of our overall commitment to agriculture and to rural America.”

NYFEA Trip to Monterey CaliforniaMandy and Andy Heath of Woodstock Ohio; Lindsey DeBrosse and Kent Pullins of Cable, Ohio and Matt and Liz Funderburgh, FCS hosts of the trip. 

NYFEA Gills OnionsThe group toured Gills Onions in addition to making several other stops at local farms. 

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