Farmers receive Young Farmer Achievement Awards
Page County farmers Justin and Jennifer Dammann were presented Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's 2011 Young Farmer Achievement Award on Dec. 8 at the organization's annual meeting in Des Moines.
The annual contest honors young farmers who show outstanding management ability in their farming operations and involvement in Farm Bureau and community activities. Receiving second place in the contest were Tom and Jessica Forbes of Monona County. Third place recipients were Mark and Stacy Boender of Mahaska County.
The Dammanns raise cattle, corn, soybeans, alfalfa and rye on their Century Farm near Essex. In addition, they offer a number of diversified services including a seed business and custom farming, spraying and harvesting and grain hauling. Justin and his father also run a hay business.
Justin and Jennifer have both served Farm Bureau in various capacities at the local and state levels. Justin has held president, vice president, young farmer committee chair and policy development chair posts on the Page County board and has participated in the state resolution committee. Jennifer is a graduate of Farm Bureau's Ag Leaders Institute, and both have played active roles on the statewide young farmer advisory committee. The Dammanns volunteer for the county Cattlemen's Association, the Iowa Soybean Association, the county Extension Council, the county fair and the local Study and Service Club.
For their award, Justin and Jennifer received a plaque, the use of a John Deere tractor for one year/300 hours or a XT Gator and a 90-day NPNI farm Plan Certificate. They will also receive expense-paid trips to the 2012 American Farm Bureau annual convention in Honolulu (to represent Iowa in the National Young Farmer Achievement competition), the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago in August and the IFBF Young Farmer conference in February.
The Forbes started farming on their own in 1999, renting land and having the corn and soybean crops custom planted and harvested. They purchased equipment in 2001 and now offer a variety of custom farming services to area farmers. Tom has served as the Monona County Farm Bureau young farmer chairman and has also served on the political action committee and county board of directors. Jessica is also involved with the local chamber of commerce and community economic development committee. For placing second, they received a plaque, parts on Site Bin, a 90-day NPNI Farm Plan Certificate and a $500 gift certificate from GROWMARK.
The Boenders raise corn and soybeans and also run an excavating business. Mark also works with his father and brother, farming and running a custom farming business that offers a variety of services including planning, harvesting manure hauling, tillage work and more. For their third place honor, the Boenders receive a plaque, a gift certificate from Grainger, a 90-day NPNI Farm Plan certificate, a GPS unit from Farm Bureau Financial Services and a John Deere-branded Safe.