RACINE, Wis. – As part of its ongoing commitment to help agriculture producers be ready to address the challenges and opportunities confronting the industry, Case IH awarded nine new Farmall® tractors to the runners-up of the 2012 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) awards. One of those tractors, a Farmall 65A, was recently delivered to Kirk and Stephanie Liefer of Red Bud, Ill., for being a national finalist for the YF&R Achievement Award.
The winners, announced at the AFBF’s 93rd Annual Meeting on Jan. 9 in Honolulu, Hawaii, were selected based on the success of their operation combined with the strength of their leadership skills.
“These finalists truly represent the kind of leadership abilities farmers will need to keep up with the evolving agriculture industry,” says Scott Raber, Case IH Regional Sales Director. “We are proud to sponsor them as they continue growing in this rewarding business.”
The Liefers, along with their five children and Kirk’s parents, grow corn, beans, wheat, seed beans and seed wheat.
“Applying for the Achievement Award gave us a good opportunity to look back on where we started and where we are now,” says Kirk Liefer. “And we wouldn’t be where we are now if it wasn’t for Farm Bureau fighting for us.”
Case IH dealer Mascoutah Equipment in Mascoutah, Ill., delivered the new Case IH Farmall 65A to the Liefers on April 18. This is the Liefer’s first Case IH tractor, and they plan to use it for moving augers, unloading grain and mowing.
“We can’t say enough about Case IH for supporting Farm Bureau,” Kirk Liefer says. “We have to train the next group of leaders to handle the upcoming challenges, and I think it’s great that they sponsor this development.”
Starting with Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Leaders Of Tomorrow program, Kirk Liefer has become a county board member and state committee member. Currently, he serves as president of the Randolph County Farm Bureau and participates in state and national meetings. While the Liefers enjoy the networking within Farm Bureau, they also participate in their church and children’s schools. Stephanie sits on the St. Clement Community Health Foundation board that provides scholarships and grants to people in the healthcare field. They also speak to students of all ages through the Agriculture in the Classroom program.
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment – designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges. Challenges like feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; site-specific farming tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI).