(LANSING) -- The next generation of Michigan farmers face each other December 4 at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Sixteen young farmers, ages 18-35, will face off in four individual contest categories geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership and achievements. All 16 finalists will receive a prize package sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.
In the Young Farmer Achievement Award category, there are two local farmers competing. The award recognizes a successful young Farm Bureau member or married couple for outstanding achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the ag community. The local finalists include Michael Noll and his wife Jordan, who are the 4th generation operating a 2,000-acre crop and dairy farm near Croswell in Sanilac County and Randi Clark and her husband David who live near Clifford in Lapeer County.The Clark's and David's parents raise 800 beef cattle and tend to 400 acres of feed corn as a 5th generation farm.
The winners in each category will compete at the National Competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation 95th Convention and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, January 12-15, 2014.