Mahaska County farmers receive Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award
County farmers Mark and Stacy Boender were presented the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's 2012 Young Farmer Achievement Award on Dec. 5 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 Erik and Emily Oberbroeckling of Clayton County.
The Boenders raise corn and soybeans and also run an excavating business. Mark and Stacy both grew up on farms, so working with family members every day came naturally to them. Mark 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. The partnership also includes a custom farming business that now includes all five of Mark's siblings.
"We grew up working together," wrote Mark about his family in his Achievement Award application. "We can accomplish more together, build off each other's strengths and grow our businesses. Family is very important to me."
Mark and Stacy have been active on the IFBF Young Farmer Committee at the state and county level and the Mahaska County Farm Bureau board of directors. They also volunteer with their church and school board.
For their award, the Boenders will receive either a John Deere Tractor/Loader combo (5-7R Series) for a one-year or 300-hour lease, or a TX Gator, a 90-day NPNI (no payment, no interest) John Deere Farm Plan Certificate and an expense-paid trip to the 2013 Growmark annual meeting in Chicago. In addition, the winner will represent Iowa in the national Young Farmer Achievement Award competition at the 2013 American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Nashville. The family also receives a family portrait, video and plaque.
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 and also operate a seed dealership, offering the latest seed genetics and traits 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 their second place honor, the Forbes receive parts on Site Bin, a 90-day NPNI Farm Plan Certificate and a $500 gift certificate from Growmark and a family portrait, video and plaque.
The Oberbroecklings raise corn, soybeans and feed hogs. They also offer custom farming services including round baling, application and trucking. They farm with Erik's parents, working the land that his grandfather started in 1961. The family is also building a swine wean-to-finish facility that will also allow Eirk's brother, a recent college graduate, to join the family farm. The Oberbroecklings are involved with the Clayton County Farm Bureau and active with their church and community.
For third place, the Oberbroecklings receive a gift certificate from Grainger, a 90-day NPNI Farm Plan certificate, a GPS unit from Farm Bureau Financial Services, a John Deere-branded Safe and a family portrait, video and plaque.