Dickersons win Achievement Award
Josh and Melody Dickerson of Lucerne, Mo., won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award during the organization's 97th annual meeting Dec. 6 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
As winner of the Achievement Award, the Dickersons received a trophy in recognition of their farm management and leadership from MFB President Blake Hurst during the annual YF&R breakfast. The Dickersons received a $500 check from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, a $500 check from Ford, and one year or 350 hours free use of a Kubota "M" series diesel tractor from the Kubota Corporation. Last year, they also competed in the contest, placing third.
The farm couple also won a free trip to Hawaii to represent Missouri at the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Achievement Award Contest this January in Honolulu. The contest is part of the AFBF Annual Meeting. There they will compete for the grand prize of a new 2012 Chevrolet or GMC truck and runners-up prizes of a Case IH Farmall tractor, Stihl Farm Boss chain saw and a $5,000 savings bond.
The couple started their farm operation in Putnam County with just two bottle calves and a rented house after they married nine years ago. The next year they formed a partnership with Josh's grandfather to help run a cow/calf and row crop operation. They grew again in 2004, purchasing a house and 120 acres. They continued to build up both their family and assets and in 2010 created a partnership with Josh's father. In another family partnership, both still work off the farm at a family-owned farm supply store and grain elevator.
"We feel fortunate being in two family partnerships," said Josh. "It allows us to raise our children in agriculture and live our dream."
Second place went to Joshlin and Addie Yoder of Novelty, Mo., in northeast Missouri. Third place was awarded to Richard and Erinn Bollinger of Humansville, Mo., in Cedar County.
The Foundation for Agriculture, Ford Motor Company, Kubota Corporation, Case IH, and FCS Financial are major sponsors of the Missouri Farm Bureau YF&R contests.