KEARNEY, NEB. – Paul and Elizabeth Janning of Hastings was named the recipient of the 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award, and Randy Reinke of Neligh was selected as the winner of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet. Both awards were given Tuesday, at the Membership Recognition luncheon during the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention held Dec. 4-6 in Kearney, Neb.
Paul and Elizabeth Janning, of Adams County Farm Bureau, were recognized for their ongoing involvement and commitment to agriculture. 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 and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic, service, and community organizations. Paul and Elizabeth Janning have two daughters, 3-year-old Maggie and 1-year-old Mary. Paul is currently employed with DuPont Pioneer Seeds as a maintenance mechanic at the Nebraska seed corn plant in Doniphan and Elizabeth is an Extension Educator at Raising Nebraska, where she focuses on connecting consumers to food and agriculture.
Randy Reinke received the top score of the contestants who advanced to the final round of the Discussion Meet contest. Rather than debating, contestants work to develop a solution to a problem being discussed, building on each other’s contributions. Competitors in the annual contest must be prepared to speak on any number of agriculture-related topics; the selected question is announced a short time prior to the contest round. Reinke and his wife Brendee grow corn and soybeans on their farm in Antelope County.
Anyone who is a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 and 35 can apply for the Young Farmer and Rancher Awards. Winners of each award receive $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2017 to compete in the contests at the national level.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau 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 61,000 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.