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Excellence in Agriculture Award presented


Whether he's harvesting corn on his Humboldt County farm or visiting with trade leaders in Japan, Jay Lynch is a young farmer who contributes to his local community while keeping a global perspective. His multi-faceted approach to farming has earned this agricultural leader the 2011 Bob Joslin Excellence in Agriculture Award from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Lynch received the award at the IFBF annual meeting in Des Moines on Dec. 7. The award honors a young farmer who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities in Farm Bureau, agriculture and his/her community. Lynch grew up on a Century Farm near Gilmore City, working with parents, Robert and Linda. Today, he and his wife, Emily, run a family farm near Humboldt and also farm with his parents. The Lynches have two children: Alison, 6, and Nathan, 3.

"It's quite an honor, especially because I give Farm Bureau a lot of credit for getting me actively involved," Lynch said. "Hopefully, I'll have done enough good to offset some of what they've given to me."

Lynch has been involved with the Humboldt County Farm Bureau, serving in a number of leadership and volunteer roles. He has been active with the county board of directors and served as president from 2009-2010. Lynch is a graduate of the Iowa Farm Bureau's Ag Leaders program and used those skills to visit with legislators in Des Moines and Washington, D.C. He's also been involved with Young Farmer activities and assisted with farm safety day camps for local elementary students.

Lynch is also involved in a number of commodity organizations at the state and national levels. Currently, he is District 2 director for the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), chairs the ICGA's animal ag and environment committee, and serves as a voting delegate for the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association.

Although he doesn't raise livestock, Lynch is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and the economic opportunities offered by increased market access and international trade. He's hosted foreign delegations from China, Korea, Mexico and Japan on his Iowa farm and has taken his talents overseas, as well. Lynch was recently elected as the grain representative for the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

"Who is our (grain farmers) number one customer? It's the livestock industry," said Lynch. "We need them to be successful. We're all in this together."

Lynch also focuses on the environment. As an employee of the National Resource Conservation Service, he has worked with hundreds of farmers to discuss and discover farming practices that are beneficial to the environment. He's also served as the Watershed Coordinator for Pocahontas County.

The Excellence in Ag Award is given in memory of Bob Joslin.

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