EATON — The Preble County Farm Bureau presented scholarship checks to Haley Back, Chyann Kendel, Suzanne Kimball, and Alyssa Orr during its annual meeting on Saturday, July 28, at the Preble County Fair.
Back received a check in the amount of $800. She is the daughter of Jerry and Heather Back. She is a graduate of Twin Valley South High School and is currently attending Wright State University. She will transfer to The Ohio State University for AgriScience Education. She hopes to influence others just as she was impacted through agriculture education.
Kendel received a check in the amount of $600. She is the daughter of Chuck and Tere Kendel. She is a recent graduate of Twin Valley South High School and plans to attend Wilmington College in the fall to pursue a degree in Food Policy and Agriculture Advocacy and Education. Her dedication to organizations, academics, and the community has allowed her to discover a passion for educating and serving others.
Kimball received a check in the amount of $300 to pursue her educational goals. She is the daughter of Jonathon and Tammy Kimball. She is currently attending Wilmington College for Agriculture Education with a concentration in Animal Science.
Orr received a check in the amount of $300. She is the daughter of Steve and Dawn Orr, a graduate from Eaton High School, and is currently attending Indiana University East for Elementary Education.
Amanda Badger, Mike Derringer, and Laura Hostetler were all accepted as 2018 trustees.
Badger operates Wild Hearts African Farm and Petting Zoo in Lewisburg, which is a USDA licensed educational agritourism farm which focuses on wildlife conservation and education. Passionate about helping other agritourism ventures navigate zoning issues, Badger routinely assists farmers throughout Ohio by sharing challenges, resources, and solutions. Her farm is home to over 40 animals and 27 species.
Derringer is married to his wife of eight years, Alison. They have three children together, Miranda, Audrey, and Colleen. His is an 11th year agriculture education instructor and FFA adviser at Talawanda-Butler Tech. He has been a Farm Bureau member for as long as he can remember; his parents and grandparents were active members, encouraging him to take part in the organization.
Hostetler admires how Farm Bureau always ensures the education and safety of its members through social events. The farmers’ needs are always acknowledged. Her farming roots show through her unwavering support. She also likes how the organization is comparable to a support group for farmers. Aside from a Farm Bureau volunteer, she is a business owner and finds herself spending time with her family.
During the annual meeting, Friend of Agriculture awards were presented to Dan Foley, Todd Smith, and Steve Huffman.
Preble County Commissioner Rodney Creech was presented with an award for signing up the most new members.
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