Mike Miron of Hugo in Washington Ramsey County Farm Bureau won the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture national competition today at the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Annual Meeting. The contest was held during the AFBF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida which runs January 8-12.
Miron advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture contest 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.
“I am grateful and humbled to receive this tremendous honor. I appreciate the efforts of Farm Bureau to provide a voice for American agriculture,” said Miron. “YF&R opportunities have contributed to my professional and personal success, and I would strongly encourage others to get involved. I am thankful for to the sponsors of our programs and their investment in young farmers.”
As the winner of the contest, Miron receives the choice of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado or 2016 GMC Sierra courtesy of Chevrolet and a paid registration to the 2016 AFBF YF&R Conference in Kansas City.
Mike is the fifth generation to live and work on the family’s dairy and crop farm near Hugo. He is a high school teacher and FFA advisor at Forest Lake.
He competed against 29 state winners. Runner-ups in the contest were from Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia.
More YF&R Contest Results
In other AFBF YF&R results, Ben Storm of Dover in Olmsted County competed in the Achievement Award Contest against 30 other state winners, and Katie Miron of Hugo in Washington-Ramsey County represented Minnesota against 37 other state winners in the Discussion Meet contest.
Over 60 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among the nearly 7,000 Farm Bureau members representing each state and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Meeting. The meeting also features workshops and seminars, as well as, the national resolutions session which set policies for the upcoming year.