Greg McGlinch of Versailles has been named winner of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Excellence in Agriculture award program.
The award recognizes successful young people 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupation is not farming or owning an agricultural business. The award is based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations.
McGlinch, 32, wins a John Deere Gator, sponsored by Farm Credit Services, a $1,000 technology package sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau and an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Nashville, where he will represent Ohio in the national competition.
McGlinch is employed by 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 in agronomy. He’s 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’s also active in numerous local civic, professional and service organizations.
Other finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture contest were Emily Rhoades of New Bloomington and Chip and Shannon Yochum of Hillsboro.
The Outstanding Young Farmer contest is a part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals program. Participants are ages 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. More information about the Young Ag Professionals program is available at ofbf.org <http://ofbf.org> .