Brays win Farm Bureau achievement award
Brad and Minnie Bray of Cameron, Mo., won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award during the organization's 98th annual meeting Dec. 4 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
As winner of the Achievement Award, the Brays received a trophy in recognition of their farm management and leadership from MFB President Blake Hurst during the annual YF&R breakfast. The Brays 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.
The farm couple also won a trip to Nashville, Tenn., to represent Missouri at the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Achievement Award Contest this January. The contest is part of the AFBF Annual Meeting. There they will compete for the grand prize of a new 2013 Chevrolet or GMC truck and runners-up prizes of a Case IH Farmall tractor, Stihl Farm Boss chain saw and $2,500 cash.
After graduating from Central Missouri State University with a degree in agricultural economics in 2002, Brad began farming full-time with his father and uncle. Today, Brad and Minnie farm approximately 1,200 acres of row crops and have a 90-head cow-calf operation. Minnie also works as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. They have been active in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, with Brad serving as president, vice-president and YF&R chair. The couple also served on the YF&R committee at the state level. In addition, Brad serves as a board member of the Quad Counties Cattlemen's Association and has been elected to the local MFA board.
Second place went to Trent and Rebecca Steinhoff of Trenton, Mo. Third place was awarded to Josh and Jackie Witte of Stover, Mo.
The Foundation for Agriculture, Ford Motor Company and Kubota Corporation are major sponsors of the Missouri Farm Bureau YF&R contests.