2015 Excellence in Agriculture Award Winners

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Award Winners: Mike and Sarah Hertsel, Elkhart County

After 10 years as a livestock feed specialist, one of Mike Hertsel’s customers approached him with an opportunity to work on a diversified grain and livestock operation. It was a dream come true. Hertsel has many responsibilities on the farm, including planting, making hay, maintaining equipment and taking care of the hogs and beef cattle.

Mike and his wife, Sarah, live in Syracuse with their three young children. After college, Mike got involved on their county Farm Bureau board. Since then, Mike and Sarah have both become active in their county’s Young Farmer program. They appreciate the opportunities Farm Bureau provides to share agriculture’s story, particularly with those who do not come from an ag background.

The YFEIA award recognizes young farmers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation they own but who are still actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.

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