A Missouri couple has received the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award.
Click play below to hear KMZU’s Amanda Wagner speak with Adam and Valerie Uthlaut, award winners.
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The Uthlaut’s run a diverse farming operation near Hermann. They run a cattle operation, in the past ran a farrow to finish hog operation and have approximately 700 acres of row crop.
According to a news release the Uthlaut’s received a plaque recognizing their farm management and leadership skills. Their award included $500 check from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, a $500 check from Ford Motor Company and one-year free use of a Gator utility vehicle from Sydenstricker John Deere.
“It’s a pretty neat honor for us,” said Adam Uthlaut when asked what this award meant to his family. “…Valerie and I got involved in the Young Farmer and Rancher Conference several years ago and then were nominated to serve on the committee. We are really happy to be apart of that.”
The Uthlaut’s both graduated from the University of Wyoming.
“That’s how we met. My wife Valerie is from Nebraska, so I don’t think there is any other way we would have met if we hadn’t both gone to school out their,” said Adam Uthlaut.
The Uthlaut’s will be traveling to Phoenix, Arizona to represent Missouri at the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Achievement Award Contest in January.
The Uthlaut’s add that they are hopeful for the National award and will find out in Phoenix if they are among the 10 nominations.
“We have three families all trying to make a living here on the farm, you know and that’s enough of a challenge in itself,” said Adam Uthlaut.
They want their children and their brother’s children to be able to farm with them in the future.
“I think that’s where we look towards the future, is bringing on that sixth generation on this farm, to where they can help and work along side us if they want to,” said Adam Uthlaut.