Lanoues Presented National Excellence in Agriculture Contest Awards

On Friday, February 6, Paul and Ruth Lanoue of Marshall picked up their American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture national contest award at Lockwood Motors in Marshall. The Lanoues won the national contest at the AFBF Annual Meeting on January 11 in San Diego, California.

As the winners of the contest, they received their choice of a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or 2015 GMC Sierra (an approximate value of $35,000), courtesy of the national sponsor General Motors.

“We are humbled and overjoyed with this honor,” said the Lanoues. “Thank you to all that have assisted us and to all of the sponsors.”

In addition, the Lanoues received an award from a local sponsor, Agnition, who donated 100 acres of their product, Generate, which works to improve soil and plant health to increase crop yields.

“Agnition is honored to help recognize the remarkable leadership of Paul and Ruth Lanoue. The couple is an excellent example of the agricultural leaders we support through products that promote stewardship and productivity,” said Cal Ludeman, Agnition General Manager. “Agnition is excited to help them continue to make a difference in the future of farming by donating 100 acres of our flagship product, Generate.”

The Lanoues advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Competition in November. This contest is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers who may not farm 100 percent of the time to earn recognition while actively contributing to agriculture and building their leadership skills through their involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.

Paul is a farm business management instructor, and Ruth is a registered nurse. The Lanoues are involved in Ruth’s family farm where they raise crops and cattle. They have five children.

They competed against 32 state winners. Runner-ups in the contest were from South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.