OGEMAW COUNTY- Every year Michigan’s best young farmers, ages 18-35, face off in categories geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership, and achievements.
Elaine Palm from Ogemaw County who competed in the Agriculture Leader category has been announced as Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) 2023 Young Farmer Award winner.
The Young Agriculture Leader Award honors successful young agriculturalists who earn most of their income from farm operations for their outstanding leadership in Farm Bureau and throughout the agricultural community.
Integral to her family’s sheep business, Palm farms with her parents, her husband, and their young daughter when more hands are needed. They maintain a 400-head base flock for meat and breeding stock, raise forages, and supply hay to nearby horse and cattle farms.
Behind it all is the Farm Bureau family she leans on for support.
“Farm Bureau is a great network,” she said. “As a business owner with no employees, being a member makes me feel like I have coworkers to share ideas with and learn from.”
As the state winner, Palm receives a lease on a New Holland compact tractor or utility vehicle from Burnips Equipment, a $1,000 AgroLiquid Certificate, and an all-expense paid trip to the AFBF FUSION Conference.