Jonathan and Melanie Pierce win Excellence in Agriculture Award
Jonathan and Melanie Pierce, of Anderson, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award during the organization’s 99th annual meeting Dec. 10 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Pierces were recognized for their involvement in Farm Bureau, agriculture and their community by MFB President Blake Hurst during the annual YF&R breakfast. The couple received a $500 check from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and a $500 check from Ford Motor Company.
They also won a free trip to San Antonio, Texas, to represent Missouri at the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Contest this January. The contest is part of the AFBF annual meeting. There they will compete for the grand prize of a new 2014 Chevrolet or GMC truck and runners-up prizes of a Case IH Farmall tractor, $500 in Stihl merchandise and $2,500 cash.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who have not received a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise for the past three years. Jonathan and Melanie have each been involved in production agriculture for many years. Jonathan grew up on his family’s dairy and beef operation. Melanie hails from a family broiler and beef farm. Jonathan and Melanie each received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the same land grant university. Jonathan went on to graduate from law school, started his own law firm and is presently his county’s elected prosecuting attorney. Melanie became an agriculture teacher and is now a homemaker and mother. The couple has a 1-year-old daughter. Both Jonathan and Melanie are actively involved in his family’s beef farm and community organizations.
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