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Source: Farm Credit Mid-America news release

In celebration of the talent and achievements of young farmers, Farm Credit Mid-America sponsors of the Farm Bureau Federation's Excellence in Agriculture program. Winners throughout the association's four-state territory of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee receive John Deere Gators compliments of the ag lending cooperative.

The following were named as state winners at the annual Farm Bureau Conventions. They will now compete for the national award during the American Farm Bureau's annual convention in Tennessee in January.

John and Marybeth Feutz - Gibson County, IN
Greg McGlinch - Darke County, OH
Greg and Contessa Harris - Madison County, KY
David Corvin - Weakley County, TN

The Excellence in Agriculture award recognizes successful individuals, 35 or younger, who are involved in production agriculture, but whose primary occupations are not farming. The award is based on farm involvement as well as participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations.

"We are proud to support a program that recognizes the achievements of our community's young ag leaders," said Kevin Cox, chair of the Board of Directors, Farm Credit. "Contributing to this award is Farm Credit's way of endorsing the belief that the definition of farming is constantly evolving.

Those that receive the Excellence in Ag award are perfect example of young ag leaders making creative choices to support their dreams of staying involved in production agriculture.

John and Marybeth Feutz - Gibson County, IN
John is a veterinarian as well as a beef cattle and hay farmer with his wife and fellow vet, Marybeth. John has worked on a farm all of his life.

John and his wife look to one day expand their operation to include field crops as well. Marybeth is also a fulltime blogger and runs the site as a way to educate the public about agriculture.

Greg McGlinch - Darke County, OH
Greg works for the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District. He and his wife, Janet, operate a grain farm with his parents.

He also produces hogs, chickens and eggs for local customers. He received a degree in agricultural education from Ohio State University and is currently working toward a master's degree in agronomy.

He has been active in the Darke County Farm Bureau as a board member and on multiple committees and has participated in various Ohio Farm Bureau activities. He is also active in numerous local civic, professional and service organizations.

Greg and Contessa Harris - Madison County, KY
Greg is a fulltime beef cattle and tobacco farmer, working in partnership with his father and grandfather on their 350 acre family farm. Contessa is a first-grade teacher at Glenn Marshall Elementary School.

Both Greg and Contessa are involved in their county Farm Bureau serving in various capacities and committees with Kentucky Farm Bureau and are also involved in a range of civic activities.

David Corvin - Weakley County, TN
David and Meghan Corvin reside in Dresden, TN with their three year old daughter, Molly. David is employed by Tyson Food Inc as a Technical Advisor. Meghan is the Head Coach for the University of Tennessee Martin's NCAA Equestrian Team.

She also teaches academia classes in the Department of Agriculture Geosciences and Natural Resources in addition to riding camps and clinics to all ages. The Corvins own a small diverse farm which consists of pumpkins that are marketed through agri-tourism operations and road side sales and a cow/calf herd of Angus cross genetics.

The Corvins contribute their success to the opportunities that they have received from their involvement in agricultural organizations like Farm Bureau and Farm Credit.

About Farm Credit Mid-America
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an $19 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 92,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating loans,equipment loans, and housing loans.

FCS also provides an array of financial services, including crop insurance and leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at

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