Boelts farm family wins big at meeting

Even in Yuma, your chances of running into a young farmer or rancher are slim, though the odds are a bit better than the rest of Arizona. If you do run into one, grab his or her hand and cheer them on. They're farming for our future.

Congratulate them because their chosen profession is rare and important. But, also congratulate them because Arizona's young farmers and ranchers are winners, especially after American Farm Bureau's 94th annual meeting two weeks ago in Nashville. In two Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions, Arizona placed among the top. One of those placing among the top was a young couple from Yuma: John and Alicia Boelts.

They were awarded the runner-up prize in the Achievement Award competition after competing with 31 other young farm and ranch couples from across the U.S. For their win, the Boelts receive a Case IH Farmall 65A, courtesy of Case IH, and $3,000 in cash and STIHL merchandise, courtesy of STIHL. On the farm, one can always use another piece of equipment.

A farmer's win often goes unnoticed.

What I want to cheer about is the young couple who packed their bags and headed to Nashville. The competition on the national level is intense. Every farm and ranch couple that competed in Nashville had already emerged victorious from their state competitions. For Alicia and John, their recognized achievements in production agriculture represent a future certainly for themselves but also for Yuma and the rest of the country in general.

Read more from this January 27 Yuma Sun article at the link below. A special congratulations to Alicia Boelts (Agricultural Education, 2003), an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Released date: 
Feb 12 2013