LINCOLN, Neb. – Dustin and Amanda Fairley of Fairbury, were selected as the winners of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2015 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award. The award was given at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 98th Annual Convention held Dec. 7-8 in LaVista, Neb.

The Fairley’s own and operate Fairley Fine Ag LLC, a custom farming business, which specializes in fertilizing, harvesting, drilling wheat and they also grow certified wheat seed. The other crops raised on their farm include corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Amanda is an agriculture instructor at Southeast Community College in Beatrice. Both Dustin and Amanda also help out with his family’s 100 cow dairy farm. The Fairley’s are the fourth generation to live on the family farm in Jefferson County.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers for their contribution and involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. Candidates for the award are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and involvement in other civic service and community organizations. Winners receive $500, an iPad and an all-expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Orlando, Florida, in January 2016, to compete in the contest at the national level.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 60,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.